Thursday, October 8, 2009



How do you mend a broken pumpkin?
With a pumpkin patch!

Carvin' pumpkin tip....After you have carved your pumpkin, wipe Vaseline along the cut edges - this will help preserve your pumpkin.

Decorate Peppers....For somethin' different carve green peppers as jack-o-lanterns! You can also carve red or yellow ones.

Why didn't the pumpkin cross the road?
Cause he didn't have any legs! Duh.

Tip - When pickin' a good pumpkin, select an unbruised one. Make sure the pumpkin has a flat bottom so it sits upright by itself.

Fact - The Native Americans called pumpkins "isquotersquash."

What do you get when you divide the circumferance of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter?
Pumpkin Pi

Pumpkin Pie - The origin of pumpkin pie is thought to have occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and then filled it with milk, spices and honey. The pumpkin was then baked in the hot ashes of a dying fire.

How big can a pumpkin get? The largest pumpkin grown in the United States in 2007 was 1689 lbs!!!

What do you get when you drop a pumpkin?

The Pilgrims - Many of the early settlers might have died from starvation had it not been for pumpkins. The followin' poem is a testament to the Pilgrims dependence upon pumpkins for food:
"For pottage and puddings and custards and pies
Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon."
[Pilgrim verse, circa 1633]
Undoon? They sure had a funny way of speakin' back then... at least it rhymes with noon.
Pumpkin Capital - Did you know that the "pumpkin capital" of the world is Morton, Illinois? This self-proclaimed pumpkin capital is where you'll find the home of the Libby corporation's pumpkin industry.

Native Americans - Flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats. Pumpkins were formerly considered a remedy for freckles and snakebites.

What do you call an obnoxious pumpkin?
A jerk-o-lantern
Hey Rooftoppers!
Can you come up with any other important things
that we need to know about pumpkins?


  1. I have nothing... how strange is that? However, I do like roasted pumpkin seeds.

    Oh, just one thing... I hated gutting those nasty suckers, so we started painting the faces on, instead. They last longer that way, too... they really stink when they've been in the Texas weather too long. I'm talking "really" stink! Not quite as bad as misplaced Easter eggs, but hey, stink is stink.

  2. I agree with you Cora Beth, gutting pumpkins is a horrible mess and they stink big time! I've seen pictures of my son Ethan and his son Faolan having a good time gutting pumpkins and cutting faces out of 'em. I can tell from pictures that Faolan really enjoys doing it - it's a cool tradition for families to do together.
    But when you get older and there are no little ones around, painting faces on pumpkins or even sticking decorations in 'em is a bunch easier and way less messy.
    I wonder if there's a place that sells pumpkins already hollowed out for you, hollowed out and ready to carve faces in 'em.
    Good article Ida... I enjoyed it.

  3. Went to town yesterday and saw a mountain of isquotersquash (or punkins as I call 'em) for sell everywhere. I cannot imagine them coming close to selling all of 'em. I have never bought a pumpkin in my life. Not proud of that. Just never have. I do love punkin pie, tho. Elsie made my favorite. I like Elsie. She's probably the reason I don't have freckles. I'm thinkin'.

  4. Cool stuff Ida.

    •What day of the week do Halloween Monsters eat their Candy?
    On Chewsday!

    •Which Halloween Characters eats the quickest?
    The Goblin.

    •Why are graveyards so noisy?
    Because of all the coffin!

  5. Because of all the coffin!!! Hilarious, Al! I knew you'd come up with somethin'!
    Mark, you really never bought a pumpkin? You should go and get you one and decorate it like your little sister mentioned, you know paintin' a face on it and stickin' fake ears and eyes in it. Well of course fake? Whose real ones would you use? You're so funny!

    Pink Legs, you're such a stinker... get it?