Pumpkin Season at Colonial Village Apartments

Autumn leaves, apples, and pumpkins
October is here, and that means it’s pumpkin season and time for all things pumpkin. Nobody does it better than Manchester, New Hampshire, which is why the Colonial Village Blog is bursting with pumpkin decorating ideas for your apartment, recipes, and creative uses for pumpkins in this edition — plus some safety tips as you’re out and about in Manchester this Halloween.

Decorating Pumpkins

Chalkboard Pumpkins

Cover your pumpkin in black chalkboard paint and decorate as you please with chalkboard markers. The best part is you can erase it just like a chalkboard and create a brand new design or image! What you will need: pumpkins or gourds of any size, black chalkboard spray, a chalkboard marker, masking tape, and newspaper to protect your surface.

Glitter Pumpkins

Make your pumpkin stand out by covering it in shimmering glitter. This tutorial from Two Sisters Crafting will show you how to achieve the ultimate level of glamour this Halloween. Or if you don’t want to go all out, dip only part of your pumpkin in glitter.

Pumpkin-Based Recipes

Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies from Everyday Reading

Chocoholics will love these double chocolate pumpkin cookies. Here’s everything you will need: flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, semisweet chocolate chips, sugar, pumpkin puree, and vanilla.

Pumpkin Pie Streusel Bars from My Baking Addiction

Experience all the amazing flavors found in pumpkin pie in these delicious gluten-free streusel bars! Everything you will need to make them: gluten-free oat flour, rolled oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt, unsalted butter, pumpkin puree, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and evaporated milk.

Creative Uses for Pumpkins

  • Use your hollowed-out pumpkin as a planter for potted plants. As your pumpkin begins to deteriorate transfer your plant into a pot or to a flower bed. Afterward, use your pumpkin as compost.

  • Puree your pumpkin and make a moisturizing pumpkin face mask. What you will need to make this mask: pumpkin puree, organic honey, and skim milk (almond or soy milk works too).

  • You may think the innards of your pumpkin are a gross inconvenience. They might be if you don’t use them, but hold up before you throw them away and think of how you can! The stringy guts of your pumpkin can make a flavorful vegetable stock that you can use to make some delicious homemade soup.

Safety Tips for Halloween in Manchester

This safety advice is great information about how to stay safe during the holiday.

  • Only visit people you know in familiar areas.

  • Carry a flashlight to see and be seen. Use reflective tape on costumes, bags, and sacks.

  • Stay on the sidewalk at all times and cross streets at crosswalks and intersections. Do not cut across yards. Lawn ornaments and clotheslines can become ‘hidden hazards’ in the dark.

We hope members of our apartment community here at Colonial Village have an awesome October! Happy Halloween everyone. Thanks for taking the time to read our post today.

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