As the weather gets colder and the leaves begin to change color, it's time to start getting into the Fall season mindset and plan some fun things to do with your friends and family. Add more layers of clothing and take a trip to a fall festival! Fall festivals are a great way to take in the fall season, not to mention it's the best place to find that perfect pumpkin you've been looking for. You can carve your favorite designs and use them as decoration not just outside your home, but inside as well. There are several ways to turn the iconic front porch decoration into something delicious too, using the seeds for cooking or adding a pumpkin flare to any traditional dish. We've compiled a list to help put a new, exciting spin on some of your favorite fall activities and cooking ideas. Check them out!
1. Pumpkin Carving's: This is the old-standard, most exciting thing you can do with your pumpkin. Carve out your something scary to scare the trick-or-treaters, or create a design from your favorite movie. The possibilities are endless, so you can enjoy this fun fall weekend event with friends and family.
2. Pumpkin Patch: You can certainly pick up a pumpkin at a location other than a pumpkin patch, but where's the fun in that? A pumpkin patch is the embodiment of the fall season, and you can do much more than just search for the best pumpkin in the patch! Get lost in a corn maze, indulge in fall favorites such as apple cider or pumpkin bread, even check out some farm animals at certain locations. We love this time of year and we recommend our personal favorite fall festivals to attend this fall season.
- Cox Farms: This is one of the largest fall festivals in Virginia, featuring slides, hayrides, farm animals and more! Not only that, but everyone gets a free small patch pumpkin with their admission! (http://www.coxfarms.com)
- Leesburg Animal Park: Featuring giant hill slides, hay wagon rides, moon bounces, live animals, and live entertainment on the weekends, there's no shortage of things to do at the Leesburg Animal Park. (http://www.leesburganimalpark.com/)
3. Decoration: Not only can you leave your pumpkins outside your front door, you can use them for decoration in and around your home. Create a hanging lantern for some added lighting effects or use a variation of sizes for the centerpiece at the dining table. Turn a saturday into a day for some home renovation or home improvement and use the bright orange color of the pumpkin to liven up your home. (http://www.houzz.com/photos/query/fall-pumpkins)
4. Cheaper Energy Bills: Not only can you use pumpkins in a number of different home decoration options, but they can help save you and your custom homes a lot of money. Carve out your favorite design and add a candle inside to create a cheaper way of natural light. Not only can you do this for the outside of your home, but you can add some to the dining room table or to your favorite reading to create a relaxing ambience.
5. Cooking: Pumpkins aren't only useful for decorations. Put a spin on your favorite dishes by adding a little bit of pumpkin flavor as there are several ways to turn the iconic porch decoration into something delicious this fall season. Create anything from pumpkin butter to pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread to baked pumpkin seeds.