If we had to pick our fave holiday, it would have to be Halloween! And what would All Hallow’s Eve be without a jack o’latern? Pretty lame, that’s what! So, when you grab your pumpkin from the patch (or the grocery store – some of us do live in cities ) check out some of these helpful hints and tips for some holiday fun!
Carve a classic!
If something ain’t broke, don’t fix it! People have been carving pumpkins for years and it’s still a creative way to celebrate the season and get the family involved in a project. Perhaps you’ll opt for a classic Jack O’ Lantern – big eyes and toothy smile included – or maybe you’ll use a stencil and create something more elaborate. Stumped for a good design? Download our fun & easy stencil and carve your very own Macy's pumpkin! Love the way it looks? Take a picture and tag it #MyMacysPumpkin on Twitter or Instagram!
Paint your pumpkin!
Another popular way to decorate for Halloween is to paint your pumpkin as opposed to carving it. Not only do you have a lot more in the way of options when it comes to design and color choice, it usually lasts a LOT longer since the pumpkin has been left unopened. You could even use washable paint and then re-use them in the kitchen after the big night for ultimate Halloween eco-friendliness!
Save some for later!
Before you head home with a car full of your favorite winter squash, be sure you grab a few small extras to roast and save for the coming winter. You’ll want to use smaller pumpkins since the larger (some of them are HUGE!) ones tend to be less sweet.
Wash each pumpkin to remove any dirt from the exterior. Cut each pumpkin in half, then, using a large spoon, scoop out all of the seeds and place in a mixing bowl of water. Reserve for roasted pumpkin seeds, if desired.
Place each sliced half, cut side down, into a baking dish containing ¼ to ½ an inch of water. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until the interior is tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool before scooping pumpkin from the shell. Mash with a fork, then place in airtight freezer-safe containers and freeze until use.
Or, try adding pureed pumpkin to soups, muffins, cakes, breads, cookies, smoothies and more! YUM!