Pumpkin 3 Ways to Try This Fall Season
It’s that time of the year—pumpkin season! Get into the fall spirit with these 3 DIY pumpkin activities. These ideas will yield some aesthetic and tasty results. Not to mention, it’s a blast! Try to see if you can check off all three before winter comes around. For an extra challenge, try to accomplish all 3 of these fall activities in one day---it's possible.
Pumpkin carving is a Halloween staple. Jack-o-lanterns add a nice pop of festivity to your decorations. There are endless design possibilities and you can go as simple or detailed as you like.
Pumpkin carving materials (if you don’t already carving tools, you can get a kit for $5 from Target)
Field pumpkin (this is the optimal kind of pumpkin for carving due to its bright orange exterior and relatively thin rind that makes it easy to carve)
VERY IMPORTANT: Save the seeds for roasting (more on this below).
I would suggest searching up some reference photos for inspiration. You can find some pretty cool designs!
Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Roasting pumpkin seeds is a great way to use all parts of the pumpkins you are carving. Instead of wasting the seeds, turn them into a tasty snack with minimal effort in less than 30 minutes!
Field pumpkin seeds (harvested from carved pumpkin)
Recipe Used: How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Keep in mind that you might need to roast the pumpkins for longer than suggested. I would suggest just keeping an eye on them while they are in the oven and checking for doneness if you are unsure.
Bake a Pumpkin Pie
Nothing signals the start of the fall season quite like the aroma of a pumpkin pie fresh out of the oven. Pumpkin pies are quick to throw together and incredibly scrumptious!
Full fat coconut milk
Light brown sugar
Pumpkin pie spice
Recipe Used: Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie
This is a dairy-free recipe but I am sure that it would work with regular butter as well and of course there is no shortage of normal recipes online.
If you want to try to make a pumpkin pie from scratch then you need to use a very specific kind of pumpkin: a sugar pumpkin. These are distinct from field pumpkins, the kind of pumpkins that are used for carving. Small and round, sugar pumpkins are sweeter and denser than carving pumpkins.