How to Pick Your Pumpkin 

 Originally Written: October 10, 2013

By  Hanna Trafford

I have always enjoyed taking a trip to a pumpkin farm to get the right pumpkin. There are hundreds of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes to pick from and some farms will serve fresh cider or steaming hot chocolate. This is an opportunity to have your younger kids learn how pumpkins are grown.

When selecting your pumpkin, start by deciding on colour and shape:

  • Choose tall skinny shape of you want to make funny faces
  • Round shapes are great for happy faces and scary ones as well
  • Odd shapes will be perfect for creating unique characters
  • If you want something different, choose white pumpkin
  • If your pumpkin will be on your front porch, choose a large one or pick up a group of three or more medium size ones and create a display
  • If you are going to put your pumpkin in a small space – like a table in your hallway, or a mantle, consider how much space you have available and if lining up small pumpkins would be more suitableIf you will get your children involved in carving, it is a good idea to choose medium size pumpkins, which are easy to handle
  • Before making the final selection, make sure that your pumpkin has a broad, gently curved face that is perfect for carving, that is doesn’t have soft spots or breaks in the skin and that it will sit safely on the ground.
  • And consider the stem – you want to have a nice one, especially if you are planning to replace the top after carving.

For more Halloween ideas, check out:

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Hope you have enjoyed this information – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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