Kimberly Schlegel Whitman Has Tips For Decorating Pumpkins

jackolan Kimberly Schlegel Whitman Has Tips For Decorating Pumpkins

Yesterday she gave us tips on picking the perfect pumpkin.

Today, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman gives us some great ideas on how to decorate the perfect pumpkin!

To avoid the mess of carving a pumpkin (or if you have small children), you can use black hardware tape to decorate your pumpkin.  Cut out Jack-O-Lantern shapes and let the kids put them on like stickers!

Did you know that true story of the Jack-O-Lanturn? Kimberly Schlegel Whitman tells us:

Jack-o-lanterns originated in Ireland and were carved out of turnips, pears, and gourds. In order to make the Jack-o-lantern glow, lumps of burning coal were placed inside of the hollowed fruit. It was then traditional to place the lantern on the porch or in a window to ward off any unwanted spirits. Some say it also welcomed the spirits of passed loved ones (I like that notion better). By the late 1800s, after the Europeans began settling in America, the tradition of the Jack-o-lantern began to spread, but when people discovered that pumpkins made for easier carving, it became more common to see a large orange lantern carved rather than the smaller turnips, pears, or gourds. Because the pumpkins were larger it was also more practical to use a candle to light the lantern instead of burning coal. As a result of the old Irish tradition, today, we place our festive pumpkins outside to celebrate such a fun part of the year- Halloween!

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