It’s October, the season of falling leaves, crisp mornings, woolly socks and jumpers, apples and chestnuts, hot chocolate and pies… the list goes on! Of course, October is also the month of Halloween. That scarily fun day when children (and the odd adult) head out to trick or treat dressed in weird and wonderful outfits. Chances are you might already be thinking about pumpkins and Halloween decorations and if you’re feeling a little stuck and thinking, then these pumpkins with a twist might help you do things a little different this year.
Up your carving game this Halloween and try your hand at something a bit more creative than your regular pumpkin face! If you want to make more intricate designs, it might be worth getting a special carving kit, which can be found in most supermarkets at this time of year. And if you need some inspiration, Pinterest is a great source of carving design ideas.
Go for gold
If you’re planning something more elegant than scary, you’ll want your pumpkins to match the look. After all, a beautifully laid table is not really going to benefit from an orange pumpkin with a grinning face carved into it, right? So, let’s leave the grinning face to the devotees of the classic Halloween look and go for gold instead. A can of gold spray is all you’ll need to transform a humble pumpkin into a beautiful part of your table’s centrepiece. Use pumpkins in different sizes for more impact and combine with candles and gold-sprayed twigs and you have the perfect natural/elegant table setting.
Munchkins (mini pumpkins) are the perfect size for letting children get creative with paints this Halloween. Go for black for the ultimate Halloween look or use up all those tester pots you’ve been storing in the shed. Once the paint is dry, use black Sharpies to draw on spooky designs.
While orange pumpkins are a classic choice, we love the idea of getting a combination of white and orange varieties to add a bit of interest to your doorstep display. The best place to find a wide choice of colours is at farmers’ markets or farm shops, where you might find blue ones as well. Plus, going to pick your pumpkins makes for a fun day out.