October is in full swing, which means hitting the pumpkin patch should be at the top of your fall bucket list. But what should you do with your carefully chosen pumpkins once you get them home?
Sure, pumpkins are great to plop on your front stoop, but what if we told you that a pumpkin can function as a decorative vase, a hydrating scrub or even a creamy hummus? (For more information on this and other neighborhood stories, subscribe to Patch to receive daily newsletters and breaking news alerts.)
Or if you are looking to spruce up your front porch, upgrade your carving skills with these out-of-the-box ideas that will make your house the envy of the neighborhood.
These fun and innovative pumpkin ideas are sure to put every last bit of your pumpkins to good use, whether it's spicing up the kitchen or decorating to the nines. Take a look at the endless and creative possibilities that are pumpkins!
Rather than going the traditional carving route, use a drill to fashion funky designs and patterns on your pumpkin. Add in some twinkling lights, and your plain pumpkin will quickly transform into a luminous lantern.
Enjoy all the flavors of fall with this pumpkin soup served right inside of an adorable roasted pumpkin bowl. This festive dish is perfect for any upcoming fall get-together or holiday. You can also try this spicy roasted pumpkin seed recipe to sprinkle in your soup.
Get crafty this Halloween and construct a one-of-a-kind vase out of your pumpkin. Add some festive fall mums and decorate the base with fun Halloween designs or movie-inspired characters, like this depiction of Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
If bright orange pumpkins don’t match your sophisticated decor, try this chic mix of pastel paint and metallic drizzles. This no-carve look is great for stylish indoor decorating. Try out other painted pumpkin designs like ombre and stencil patterns.
This guy is puking his guts out ... literally! Add some character to your front stoop with this hilarious drunken pumpkin. Check out the rest of these pumpkins, who clearly can’t handle their liquor either.
Start your morning off the right way with these scrumptious pumpkin pancakes. Spice up your pancake batter with pumpkin puree, and don’t be afraid to mix the fall flavor into your favorites like banana or chocolate chip. Top it off with maple syrup and crushed pecans because the more flavor the better!
Jack-o-lanterns are a standard Halloween decoration, but why not add a touch of dark humor? If you're looking to spook trick-or-treaters, this cannibalistic pumpkin might be the way to go. Here are some more crazy carving ideas to get you in the Halloween mood.
Got any leftover pumpkin? Put it to good use by creating a sugary scrub that will keep your skin feeling super smooth, soft and hydrated as the harsh cold months draw near. This lush mixture of pumpkin puree and maple syrup will have you smelling just like the warm, delicious scent of fall.
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Make your own pumpkin spice syrup to create this fabulous fall cocktail. Add it to the always delicious mixture of ginger beer and vodka, and you'll have yourself a drink that is reminiscent of pumpkin pie.
If you’re looking for a light and healthy fall treat, mix your pumpkin puree into mashed up chickpeas and garlic to create an appetizing pumpkin hummus. Your taste buds will thank you after savoring exotic ingredients like tahini, lemon and cayenne.
Written by Olivia Halevy (Patch National Staff)
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