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Pumpkins are an integral part of fall decorating

Ideas for fall decorating using pumpkins

Pumpkins are an integral part of fall decorating
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Fall is the fabulous time of year when the air is cool and the leaves have changed colors. It is also the time of year when people look forward to Halloween and Thanksgiving. Since Halloween is first up, people decorate their homes and property with ghoulish props. One such terrifying prop is the jack-o-lantern, which is carved from a pumpkin.

Pumpkins are a pretty big part of fall celebrations and are even honored in some areas with festivals. Many people even use pumpkins in their fall decorating displays. There are many ways to incorporate pumpkins into indoor and outdoor fall displays

Dressed up

Pumpkins can be made into wonderful characters in less time than you think. All you need to create your own unique pumpkin person is some old clothes, some markers/paint and a base of some sort. Some people stuff the clothes with straw and place the pumpkin on top for the head. Some people put the clothes on the pumpkin and then paint a face on it. 

You can create elaborate scenes in your yard or simply paint the faces of your pumpkins and place them along your steps/walkway to greet guests. That's the fun of dressing up pumpkins, there is no right or wrong way to do it. There is only requirement: you must have fun doing it!


Pumpkins come in a wide variety of colors. You didn't think they all orange, did you? Pumpkins can be found in different hues of orange, green, yellow, gray and even white. Due to the wonderful colors, shapes and sizes of pumpkins, you can create an attractive display. You don't even have to carve up a single pumpkin or ask it to wear a flannel shirt. 

You can display your different colored pumpkins on shelves, in baskets and on your porch. You can place them in window sills, on outdoor furniture and on tree stumps. Think of decorating with colored pumpkins like displaying various types of flowers. 

Quaint serving dishes

You can use pumpkin shells to serve up party foods like pumpkin seeds, chips and dip, and even soups/stews. All you have to do is select the right size pumpkin, cut off the top to create the lid and then remove the insides. Be sure to save the seeds for roasting. The insides can be saved for making pumpkin puree and used in many delicious recipes. 

Pumpkin shells can even be baked in the oven. This handy feature allows you to create meals inside the shell, bake and serve in one fell swoop! Using pumpkin shells as serving dishes offers one more really neat thing; it results in less dishes to wash at the end of the night. 

Pumpkins are the calling card of fall decorating season. When you start seeing pumpkins at the local farmer's market, you know fall is just around the corner. The sad thing is some people only think of pumpkins for carving as Jack-o-lanterns or as a delicious dessert on Thanksgiving. 

There are many more ways to use pumpkins during the fall, such as for decoration. Pumpkins come in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes which make the possibilities endless. You can dress up your pumpkins and create scenes in your yard or simply make welcoming little figures at your front door. Whatever you choose to do with your pumpkins, just be sure to have fun!

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