Every fall, when the pumpkins from our backyard garden start to turn that classic orange I get in the mood for decorating. Pumpkins are, after all, the quintessential Halloween decorating object, and are historically recognized as part of the culture of the fall season.
In fact, I just learned that for Halloween’s celebrated in Scotland, the UK, and other European countries, they actually carved faces on vegetables like turnips or cabbages. My goodness, I have to say that I will take the pleasant fragrance of a pumpkin pie over a cabbage any day! Pumpkins became popular for fall and Halloween decorating in after the holiday was celebrated in the early years of the United States, when pumpkins were easier to come by in the New World.
That said, the pumpkin is a classic symbol of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a tired symbol. It seems like every year there is a new way to dress up the humble pumpkin for the season… and the decorations have gotten bolder, more beautiful and some of them carry beautifully through other seasons as well.
You can decorate pumpkins with decoupage, sequins, paints, lights, lace and countless other ways to add a little pizzazz to your Halloween pumpkin display.
When carving pumpkins for Jack-o-lanterns, the sky is the limit.
There is an idea or stencil for every politician, actor, movie, or artistic scene out there. Check out this amazing Death Star pumpkin…it’ll go perfect with your Darth Vader costume.
Really, whether you are going to smash them for a prank, bake them into a pie, decorate them with sequins and lace, or carve them into a work of art, the pumpkin is a versatile classic that is always a great starting point for new holiday creativity.
Kids around the world count down the days until Christmas but not Emma Rae Curtis. Ever since her first Halloween, Emma has been a huge fan of the magic that is Halloween. While raising her kids, Emma had the time of her life making Halloween costumes and hosting lively Halloween parties. Each Halloween her house is still decorated to the hilt making it a trick or treat favorite in the neighborhood. Emma loves the fun of getting into costume and watching her friends and family dress up. She loves the scary music, spook alleys and the dark theme of the holiday. Emma loves the decorations, the food and parties that make truly make Halloween a unique and fantastic holiday. If it’s related to Halloween, Emma is into it. Emma is an avid researcher, reader and writer of all topics involving Halloween costumes, Halloween traditions, Halloween decorations, Halloween parties and accessories. At the urging of her friends and family Emma has worked independently as a Halloween writer/researcher since 2001. Emma also does consulting for organizations regarding all things related to Halloween parties, Halloween costumes and Halloween related information.