Did you know pumpkins are related to cucumbers? On your way to the pumpkin patch, you might want to play a quiz game using some little-known facts about pumpkins. Print out the following facts:
- What kind of vegetable is a pumpkin? Trick question. A pumpkin is a fruit; specifically, a squash.
- How many continents do pumpkins grow on? Pumpkins grow on 6 out of 7 continents, even in Alaska!
- What is the (self-proclaimed) pumpkin capital of the world? Morton, IL (This is also the corporate base of Libby’s Pumpkin.)
- Who was the first person to carve a pumpkin? The Irish. They originally carved turnips for All Hallow’s Eve, but when Irish immigrants found pumpkins they liked carving them better.
- Is the orange part of the pumpkin the only part you can eat? No. Pumpkin flowers are also edible.
- How big can you make a pumpkin pie? The biggest pumpkin pie ever made was over 5 feet wide!
- How much water is in a pumpkin? Pumpkins are 90% water; watermelons are 92%.
- Are pumpkins healthy for you? Yes, before we add sugar! Pumpkins have Vitamin A and potassium, plus fiber.
- What is the most famous pumpkin vehicle? Cinderella’s chariot.
- How much did the biggest pumpkin weigh? The heaviest pumpkin weighed 1,140 pounds
Corn Maze: Make your own maze in your backyard. Bring some kitchen chairs outside and arrange them in a winding pattern; backs facing backs to form a path. Cover them with blankets (either over just the chair, or over the top as well) and you have a simple maze.
Hay Ride: Break out the wagon and take your little ones on a tour of the neighborhood. Keep an eye out for fun porch decorations and decide which houses you think will be the most fun to visit next week. Better yet, let them wear their costumes on the ride.
- It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!, Charles M Schultz
- Pumpkin Jack, Will Hubbell
- Too Many Pumpkins, Linda White
- The Runaway Pumpkin, Kevin Lewis
- Big Pumpkin, Erica Silverman
- The Night Before Halloween, Natasha Wing