Happy Pumpkin Day! October 26th
Perhaps no other item is more emblematic of autumn in the US as the venerable pumpkin. Originally grown across North America, the pumpkin is now harvested on every continent except Antarctica. Below, Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers provides some tips on pumpkin activities you can enjoy this fall season.
- Visit a pumpkin patch- Relating back to the ancient Irish tradition of carving turnips on All Saint’s Day, jack-o-lanterns are the most prominent icon of Halloween. Why not skip the market this year and take your kids to a traditional pumpkin patch? Other than the ability to pick your pumpkin right out of the field, pumpkin patches offer petting zoos, hay mazes and all sorts of harvest-themed activities.
- Make your own pumpkin pie- Perhaps the most delicious of pumpkin’s many uses, pumpkin pies are readily available at any market or store. But have you ever tried concocting your own out of a fresh pumpkin? Recipes abound online for this relatively easy to make dessert. A word of warning: do NOT use a regular jack-o-lantern pumpkin for your pie. Instead, buy a “pie pumpkin.”
- Make a “no knives” jack-o-lantern- Want your child to make a jack-o-lantern, but are concerned about your toddler wielding a knife? If so, you can make awesome jack-o-lanterns using just washable markers. These jack-o-lanterns won’t shine with a candle in them, but they do have the added bonus of being “erasable” in case your child makes a mistake.
TMIB wishes you fun filled pumpkin day!