It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing, the weather’s crisp and it’s time to visit the pumpkin patch. There are so many pumpkins to pick from; big ones, small ones, round ones, tall ones, orange ones and oranger ones. The list is endless – how can you possibly pick the right pumpkin? Here are a few tips and tricks to picking the perfect pumpkin for any occasion.

Pumpkin Carving – What time-honored tradition defines Halloween more than pumpkin carving?

  • Firm skin, but not too hard
  • Sturdy base to sit on
  • Light for its size and hollow sounding

Decorating – Your fall décor isn’t complete without a pumpkin or two, or twenty.

  • Avoid pumpkins with large defects
  • Pick a range of sizes and shapes
  • Use some gourds or a hay bale to add variety to your display

Baking – Whether you’re baking a pie or roasting the seeds, these tips will help you pick the perfect pumpkin.

  • Smaller pumpkins with dark orange skin
  • Still attached to the vine for a fresher pumpkin
  • Pick from the “Sugar Pie” pumpkin variety if possible

Pumpkin Smashing – There’s no need to be picky when it comes to these. Sometimes you just need to smash some pumpkins. We don’t need to know the reason.

  • Any weight pumpkin you can lift over your head
  • Catapult and sledgehammer optional
  • Have a smashing good time picking your pumpkin and please smash responsibly

Remember these tips, and you’ll be the smartest picker at the pumpkin patch. Have a happy and safe time this October picking those pumpkins!