Halloween is one of the most fun holidays in the year, and pumpkins are an essential part of the holiday. Whether you carve jack-o-lanterns or simply enjoy picking out your favorite pumpkin (or carving it into something decorative), Halloween pumpkins can be used for tons of creative, fun activities that will bring smiles to everyone’s faces all month long – especially on Halloween! Here are 5 fun ways to use Halloween pumpkins.
1) Turn them into decor
1. Carving pumpkins can be a great family activity and a tradition in many households. Instead of throwing away the seeds after carving, put them in some water overnight and let them dry out for next year’s carving.
2. Cut off the top of the pumpkin, scoop out all the seeds and stringy bits inside, then replace it with a candle for an instant home decor centerpiece.
3. Give your porch or front door a festive look by placing candles inside carved jack-o-lanterns on the steps or porch.
4. Finally make your own personal pumpkin patch! Place lit candles at different levels to create rows of flickering lights that will make any front lawn feel like Autumn has finally arrived.
2) Turn them into a table centerpiece
Pumpkin centerpieces are a great way to create a fun centerpiece for your fall table. Plus, they’re easy to put together with just a few tools and materials. Then, here are 2 pumpkin centerpiece ideas that you can make today. -Hollow out the top of the pumpkin by cutting it off with an electric saw or spoon. If desired, use an electric drill to drill holes in the sides of the pumpkin for stem wires.
-If using candles as decoration, place them inside of the hollowed out top of the pumpkin and place some small pieces of dry ice on top so that when it melts it gives off a foggy effect.
3) Turn them into fall décor
1) Fill a pumpkin with leaves and berries for a seasonal centerpiece. 2) Make a pumpkin pie spice mix by combining 1⁄4 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1⁄2 teaspoon allspice. Add the mixture to two cups of whole milk and stir until dissolved. Pour the milk into the hollowed-out pumpkin and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.
4) Make pumpkin bread with your kids
Pumpkin bread is the perfect way to use up those leftover pumpkins sitting in your pantry. In addition, this recipe is a delicious and easy way for kids (and adults) of all ages to get creative!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 2. Then grease a loaf pan with butter or oil 3. Mash 2 cups canned pumpkin, 1/4 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon until smooth and well combined 4. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/5 teaspoon salt 5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients 6. Stir until just combined 7. Spoon batter into prepared pan 8. Bake for 50-55 minutes 9. Let cool on wire rack 10. Finally, cool completely before slicing
5) Add them to a Thanksgiving table centerpiece
Adding a pumpkin centerpiece to your Thanksgiving table is a fun way to get into the spirit of fall. Plus, they’re an easy DIY project that can be made in less than 20 minutes. Here are 2 different ways you can incorporate pumpkin into your Thanksgiving table. 1) Carve out a jack-o-lantern face with small circular cuts on the top and bottom. Then, use a spoon to scoop out the inside and top it with some whipped cream for sweetness or cream cheese for tanginess. Finally, add some walnuts for crunch and voila! You have yourself one fantastic pumpkin centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table!
And here you can DIY your pumpkins by learning from the following video.
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