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All Things Pumpkin for Halloween

Independence Place Blog, Cranston, RI  Pumpkins are the quintessential Halloween icon, and this month we've got a few ways to use them in our post.

Fall has arrived here in Cranston, RI heralding in the month of October, the month of Halloween. In the spirit of things, today the Independence Place Blog is featuring all things pumpkin! Invite friends over to your apartment to carve jack-o-lanterns, to make a pumpkin costume for trick-or-treating, or to make a pumpkin-spice treat some time this month!


Pumpkin Carving

When it comes to Halloween, carving pumpkins is a time-honored tradition. When you are choosing a pumpkin for carving, be sure to choose ones that are far from decay. The sturdiness of stems and the gourd will tell you just how “fresh” your pumpkin is. It’s also a good idea to be sure you get a carving pumpkin rather than a baking pumpkin, as there are different varieties. You could eat a carving pumpkin; it just wouldn’t taste very good.


As far as pumpkin decorating goes, there’s a whole world of possibilities in addition to carving a jack-o-lantern. Decorate your pumpkin like your favorite cartoon character, paint a design on it, or add flowers to it to form a fun centerpiece. You can find more decorating ideas at Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens, and Livingly. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. If you come up with a cool new way to decorate pumpkins, tell us about it in the comments.  


Pumpkin Costumes

If sewing isn’t your strong suit, this no-sew pumpkin tutu costume may be just the thing.

For more ideas, peruse the many pumpkin costumes available online or at a nearby Halloween costume store. Nothing says trick-or-treat like a pumpkin costume. If you opt to do a different costume, take along a pumpkin-shaped bucket to collect the treats!


Pumpkin Treats  

Pumpkin spice is definitely the flavor of the month. We’ll jump on the bandwagon by providing some delicious pumpkin-based desserts.


Pumpkin Parfaits

“This is a lighter alternative to pumpkin pie. I have not doubled this recipe, so I don’t know how that would turn out, but I’d like to know if someone does.”


Turtle Pumpkin Pie

“This recipe takes pumpkin pie to a whole new level, with drizzled caramel, chopped pecans and airy Cool Whip® Whipped Topping. Cue the applause.”


Frozen Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

“Fall” and “pumpkin pie” might as well be synonyms. This easy treat uses cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin puree, and graham crackers for the sweetest (and creamiest) pumpkin pie you’ve ever tried.


To finish things off in today’s Independence Place Blog, we leave you with a pumpkin joke.


Q: Why was the jack-o-lantern afraid to cross the road?

A: It had no guts!


Happy Halloween to members of our apartment community! Thanks for reading our post.