The weather is starting to turn cold, fall is here, and that spooky holiday known as Halloween is right around the corner. When thinking about Halloween one of the first thoughts on everyone’s mind is pumpkins! The great thing about pumpkins is that there is a large variety to choose from and they can be used in many different ways for Halloween. One of the most common ways people use pumpkins is to great spooky Jack-o-Lanterns, but you can also use mini pumpkins when decorating for Halloween, and of course you can also use pumpkins to make great pumpkin pie. In this article we’ll discuss what varieties of pumpkins are best used for Jack-o-Lanterns, Halloween decorations, and finally which ones make the tastiest pumpkin pie.
Best Pumpkins for making Jack-o-Lanterns
One of the key things that you have to look for when either growing or purchasing a pumpkin to use as a Jack-o-Lantern is that the pumpkin is big enough. If the pumpkin is too small visitors and passersby won’t be able to see the pumpkin from the street. Generally, when making a Jack-o-Lantern, the bigger is better saying really does apply as having a bigger pumpkin will allow for a larger more impressive Jack-o-Lantern. A good rule of thumb is to get a pumpkin at least over 10 pounds. Some of the best varieties of pumpkins for creating great Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns are Aspen, Ghost rider, Howden Field, Happy Jack, and Jumpin’ Jack. One key feature that all these varieties of pumpkins have in common is that they are all large, have a deep orange color, and have nice green handles (stems).
Best pumpkin varieties to use for decorations
Whether you want to grow or buy pumpkins for decorating your workplace or home there are a number of smaller varieties you can choose from. The smaller varieties of pumpkins, in conjunction with other decorative materials such as fall leaves and dry grass, are perfect for creating small Halloween decorations when space is limited. Their small size also allows them to be used for other creative decoration ideas such as being used as candle holders, and these pumpkins can also be used for Thanksgiving decorations once Halloween has passed. The best small varieties of pumpkin are Sugar Treat, Spooktacular, and baby bear. One key feature that makes all these small pumpkin varieties perfect for Halloween decorations is that they all weigh 2-5 pounds, and have nice coloration.
Best pumpkin varieties to use for making pumpkin pies
Contrary to what you might expect actually some of the best pumpkins for cooking pumpkin pies are squash type pumpkins. Pumpkins that are sweeter and have better flavor, which are best used for pies, are typically smaller and weigh 3-6 pounds. Although you can use some varieties that are also great for making Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns, these varieties tend to be less sweet than others that are specifically designed for making pumpkin pie. Perhaps the best variety of pumpkin for making pumpkin pies is the Dickinson variety known for its sweet flavor and high quality flesh. Some other great varieties of pumpkins to use when making pumpkin pie are Cinderella, Jarrahdale, Long Island Ice Cheese, Small Sugar, and Spooktacular. Around Halloween can be the perfect time to try out different pumpkin varieties for making pumpkin pie to impress the relatives when thanksgiving rolls around.