Rachel Hintz
October 31, 2013 1:30 pm

Origin

Even though today’s most popular holiday is Halloween, we shouldn’t neglect the less known Carve a Pumpkin Day! Especially because the two holidays can go hand in hand. Not to freak you out, but if you haven’t already carved your pumpkin, today is kind of the deadline if you want your masterpiece to be enjoyed be trick-or-treaters.

I couldn’t find the historical origin of this holiday, but I am guessing that it has to do with Halloween being the prime time for jack-o-lanterns. But that’s just a guess.

How to Celebrate

If you are beyond trick-or-treat age (not sure when it becomes less acceptable to trick-or-treat… but I’m thinking that if you are out of high school, single, and aren’t chaperoning a younger trick-or-treater, it is generally frowned upon), then host a pumpkin carving party! It can get all kinds of messy with that gross, inner pumpkin goop, so make sure to be prepared with old newspapers to cover your work area, as well as trash bags for the extracted slime. Oh, and if you want to roast the pumpkin seeds, make sure to save them before your friends dump them in the garbage! As each creation is completed, put it on display, and allow your guests to vote on their favorite. Be advised that some pumpkins will have a more simple, traditional design, while others may be much more creative. In other words, you may need to have a time limit. The goal is to get all the pumpkins done and voted on, and then straight to your front porch or front window. It’s Halloween, and time is of the essence!

Also, to celebrate, watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Even though the movie doesn’t necessarily revolve around the carving of pumpkins, you can be sure that it will put you in the mood for Halloween. And plus, it has got to be one of the best movies of ALL TIME. I may or may not be exaggerating here.

Quote

“May Jack-o-lanterns burning bright
Of soft and golden hue
Pierce through the future’s veil and show
What fate now holds for you.”
– Author Unknown

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