Halloween is creeping up, and now is the time to pick out the perfect pumpkin for carving.
Pumpkin carving happens to be one of my favorite parts of Halloween – oh heck, who am I kidding? I love everything about Halloween! From the cooler weather to the costumes, from the cute Halloween treats to the tasty candy! Yet before you can turn a pumpkin into a piece of art, you need to know how to pick out a good one. Here are my tips for on how to pick the perfect pumpkin.
Have a Plan
Before you even embark on your pumpkin picking journey, it’s helpful to have a general idea of your carving or decorating plan. Are you wanting a tall, oval-shaped pumpkin, or a squat round one? A big pumpkin or several small ones? If you already have a plan, then finding the perfect pumpkin will be that much easier.
Color Matters, Too
While shape and size play a large part in pumpkin selection, the color matters too! It doesn’t matter whether you are heading to pick a pumpkin directly from the patch or going just up the road to your local grocery, you are going to want to find one that is orange all the way around. Pumpkins that still have patches of green are usually not fully ripe, and that can mean difficulties when carving or decorating. If you see any other odd discolorations, that is usually a sign that the pumpkin is past its’ prime.
Be sure to finish reading the rest of my tips on how to pick the perfect pumpkin here.