At Rhinebeck (I was there, you know, recently; Ya! – flew over for just that weekend! I know, it was mad!) I learned a lot about pumpkins. Growing up we didn’t have pumpkins in Ireland, whereas now every Hallowe’en the supermarkets are awash with them. So I see them as an American “invention”. Only, I realise now that I’ve been to America at Hallowe’en, we’re only getting the “Executive Summary” of what you can do with (and to) pumpkins.
First off, there’s a much wider range of types of Pumpkins:
Then there are kits for how you can make your own felted versions:
I know my history-loving DH, and destruction-loving kids, would have loved seeing the trebuchets set up for the Pumpkin Chucking Competition:
One of the gifts I brought back for my kiddies – which I found in the CVS in the town of Rhinebeck – was a Pumpkin Decorating kit ála Mr Potato Head.
You can make up to three separate faces at the same time (obviously there are several permutation of actual faces you can make at any one time – but we’re not going to get into a philosophical / mathematical discussion here) So we – by which I mean, the three crazies and me pushing in the pieces – tried it out this evening: