There are a lot of wonderful things about fall. The weather is perfect, the leaves turn all manner of bright colors, it's time to wear those cute, sumptuous sweaters and, of course, Halloween is right around the corner. One of the most cherished parts of the autumn months, however, comes in the shape of a bright orange gourd. Of course, we are talking about the beloved pumpkin! Autumn time means pumpkin time, and there are lots of ways to get into the spirit of blessed pumpkin bliss.
Pumpkin Foods: Fall could arguably be THE season for foodies to rejoice - and a big reason for this is the star of the fall food show, the pumpkin. With pumpkin cakes, pies, bread, soups, pancakes, and latteswell, just about everythingthe pumpkin smorgasbord found in fall is downright decadent. Are you getting hungry? Just thinking about all the utter deliciousness of all those pumpkin flavored fall favorites makes your mouth begin to water!
Pumpkin Smells: When you can't eat it, smell it right? Once the calendar turns over to fall, is certainly true of pumpkin. Now it's time to surround yourself in the fragrance of pumpkin and all the delicious aromatic spices that go along with it. Pumpkin candles, pumpkin air fresheners, cinnamon sticks and more - the smell of pumpkin spice is nice - and sometimes is almost good enough to eat! Don't forget too that carving a pumpkin can be a lot of fun as well.
Pumpkin Patches: Take a look around your community, because coming soon near you is sure to be your local, seasonal pumpkin patch. Beautiful, vibrant displays of bright orange pumpkins of all sizes and shapes will soon be on display in preparation for upcoming Halloween. Pumpkin patches are a great place for the whole family to visit. You might be surprised at the many unusual varieties of pumpkins that you see. Orange pumpkins will, of course, be everywhere but don't be surprised if you also see pumpkins in shades of white, blue and green! Don't forget to bring your camera and snap some pictures of the kiddos knee deep in pumpkins!
Pumpkin Costumes: Believe it or not, pumpkin love does not end with the pumpkins that grow on a vine. Pumpkins (as well as the traditional Jack-o-Lantern's that invariably come later) are a hugely popular costume look for Halloween. Pumpkin themed Halloween costumes are available for all ages and sizes from infants and toddlers to adults and plus sizedso if you want to dress up as a much rounder (and oranger) version of yourself -try a pumpkin Halloween costume on for size!
Pumpkin Decor: Let's face it, fall decor simply would not be complete without the use of pumpkins. Pumpkins are fantastic for fall decorating for many reasons. For starters, they are brightly colored and conveniently hued in the perfect shades of fall. There are literally thousands of ways to spruce up your yard or pimp your crib with pumpkins. Sites like Pinterest are loaded to the brim with fabulous fall decorating ideas to warm up your abode with a festive autumn vibe. Pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns also are some of the most popular Halloween decorations out there, and you can bet that your local brick and mortar or online store is already fully loaded with all manner of Halloween pumpkin decor items, just ripe for the picking.
It's October so there's absolutely no reason to wait. Now's the time to start enjoying the fun flavor, fragrance, and whimsy of one of the falls most iconic fruits. Peter Piper picked a peck of perfect pumpkinsright? Well, not exactly but why not? It's the most wonderful time of the year, and when it comes to pumpkins, now it's officially game on.