PUMPKIN FUN, FACTS, AND IDEAS

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    • Make a pumpkin face on a tree stump.  Get a tree stump or a fairly wide log.  Remove all of the bark and let it dry.  After the log dries paint it orange.  Let the orange paint dry and then paint a pumpkin face on it.  Add artificial green vines at the top for decoration.
    • Make paper bag pumpkins by stuffing brown paper lunch bags with old, scrunched up newspaper.  Make a stalk for the pumpkin by tying the top of the bag.  Paint  or color the bag orange.  After the paint has dried, paint or draw a Jack-o-Lantern face on the bag.
    • Pumpkins have been grown in America for over 5,000 years.  They are indigenous to the western hemisphere and were completely unknown in Europe before the time of Columbus.
    • Check this site out for fun pumpkin games for preschool children.
    • Decorate your computer with a spooky pumpkin screensaver!
    • Have you ever seen a giant pumpkin?  Check out this 1,810.5 lb pumpkin!!!  Unbelievable!
    • These are two great sites for pumpkin stencils:  www.pumpkinglow.com and www.zombiepumpkins.com.
    • Do you know what the Native Americans called pumpkins?….Isquotersquash.
    • Pumpkins, gourds, and other varieties of squash are all members of the Cucurbitacae family which also includes cucumbers, gherkins, and melons.
    • Cook the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin to make a delicious and healthy snack.
    • Use a pumpkin for a table centerpiece.  Cut a lid opening in the top of the pumpkin.  Clean the pumpkin out, wash the inside of the pumpkin, and pat it dry.  Put a small piece of floral foam in the bottom of the pumpkin.  Add dried leaves and dried autumn flowers.  You could also add fresh flowers.  This makes a beautiful and original table centerpiece.
    • The top pumpkin producing states are Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California.
    • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
    • The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds.  It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.
    • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
    • Pumpkins are 90% water and they are a fruit.
    • Colonists cut off the top of pumpkins and removed the seeds and filled the insides of the pumpkin with milk, spices, and honey.  The pumpkin was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of the pumpkin pie.

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