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Live, Laugh & Learn with Lillyan: The Great No-Carve Pumpkin

By Lillyan Baker

Ghosts and goblins are out tonight,
Witches try hard to cause a fright.
Light a candle on the ground,
Glowing pumpkins all around!

Give your pumpkins a ghoulish glow without the puree pulp with these no-carve pumpkin ideas. Join us and as we go beyond the rind and deck out the number one Halloween decoration, the Great Pumpkin at my shabby chic cottage.

No Wicked Stepsisters in Sight

Cinderella Pumpkin

Be your own Fairy Godmother this Halloween and Bippity, Boppity, Boo your plain pumpkin into a sparkly carriage that Cinderella would take to any ball. With a bag of sequins and a box of small head pins you can create a whismical world with a no-carve mess. Slide a pin through the center of a sequin, then press into the  skin of the pumpkin. Be creative with the design or trace a fun image or message to really give your pumpkin the glass-slipper effect.

Get Pumpkin Personal

Pumpkin Place Cards

Whether you are celebrating All Hallow’s Eve or gathered around a turkey with a tableful of blessings, give each guest a place with the stem of a pumpkin. Using a small pumpkin found at local grocery stores or farmer’s markets, cut a small slit at the top of the pumpkin to allow for the width of a place card.

Replace each guest’s name with their Halloween character or for Thanksgiving, write their name and why you are thankful for them. Not only will it add a personal touch to your seasonal pumpkin party, but it will give your less than a $1 place card a priceless meaning.

A taste of fall in every seed.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

A witch wouldn’t be a witch without her hat, just like Halloween wouldn’t be a holiday without pumpkin seeds. Those crunchy, healthy, pop-in-your-mouth snack seeds are what make the orange and black of Halloween my favorite holiday.

1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp. of cayenne pepper
Pinch of Kosher salt
Pinch of black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Clean all pumpkin pulp from seeds.

2. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle salt, pepper and cayenne pepper and mix well. Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes.

Beady Eyes Glowing Red, Legs of Eight Stick out their Head

Spider Pumpkin

To enjoy the nutty flavor of pumpkin seeds, you have to have one sacrificial pumpkin to carve. Make it simple by avoiding the printable masks and instead opt for a screwdriver and some black paint.

We found some novelty spider and blacklight lights at a local craft store that allow for the spider cover to pop away from the bulb. After you do a basic pumpkin carve, pop each spider away from the bulb, then with a screwdriver place random, round holes around entire pumpkin. With black paint and a small brush, paint spider webs connecting each punched hole. String each lightbulb through the backside of the holes and reattach spider or novelty light covers. Using a knife, cut a larger hole at bottom near back to feed the power cord. Plug it in and watch your front porch trick-or-treaters marvel at the spider-exploding pumpkin.

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