When you are a child you look at a pumpkin and think only one thing – Jack O’ Lantern. You spend so much time while picking it out thinking about the face it will become. Do I want a round one for a nice wide smile? A tall one for long, spooky eyes? Am I going to carve a scene instead? Well then I’m going to need one with a nice flat, smooth side! And as fun as pumpkin carving is when you are a child, pumpkin carving and decorating as an adult is even better!
As an adult I look at a pumpkin and see so much more than a Jack O’ Lantern. I see a vase. Carve it out and use it to hold bright Zinnias or Hydrangeas. I can even plant a mum in there for a little while.
I see a pie. Pumpkin pies from scratch intimidated me until a few years ago. But it’s so easy! Cut it in half, bake it for awhile and scoop it out – minimal effort and tastes so much better. Or you can make pumpkin bead, muffins, scones….as an adult you get to use the oven, take advantage of it. And of course there are pumpkin seeds, salted and baked is classic – but try other flavors: Cinnamon and sugar, spiced with pumpkin pie seasoning, hot and spicy with chili powder. Even plain – then use them in granola, baked desserts, etc.
I see a punch bowl. Having a fall party? Hollow it out and use it as a punch bowl for spiced cider. Or mulled wine. Or use a clear, glass bowl as a liner and use it for ice. Or dips – many of which can be made with pumpkin! Put candy in it – candy corn, M and M’s – anything. This is a nice table idea for Thanksgiving as well. Even fill it with water and float candles in it.
I see an easy decorating idea. Pumpkins look great just sitting around – on the porch, front steps, tables, here and there in the garden, by the mailbox…anywhere! Want something different by don’t feel like carving? Paint them. Gold and metallics look great with other fall decorations. Or coat them in glue and sprinkle them with glitter. Bonus: un-carved pumpkins will last through Halloween and well into Thanksgiving.
So enjoy pumpkins as an adult in many different ways. Bake it, paint it, put it around or just go ahead and carve that Jack O’ Lantern. You know you want to.