Bookworm Does: Pumpkins!!


This year we went pumpkin picking again! Although this time we brought friends along to have a pumpkin picking and carving party!! It felt very fall appropriate! We also picked up supplies for pumpkin pie, so I’m excited to make that as well sometime soon! We went back to Trax farms to get our pumpkins and this time IT WAS JAMMED! There were kids crawling all over everything and fall down the pumpkin piles and parents forcing their kids into photo ops on the piles…which made it kinda hard to find pumpkins. 

Alex and I both chose ghibli designs to carve into our pumpkins! I did cat bus and he did Totoro! I picked a big and warty pumpkin, because I thought it was the cutest pumpkin! Cutting over some of the warts was a bit tough though! I made my outline in sharpie too, because with a little rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball, you can wipe off whatever marks are left over, so simple! 

We put them outside our building, but no one knows how long they will last. I mean, we do live in a college town and pretty close to some high schools as well. Kids today have no manners and love smashing things that don’t belong to them, so I have this feeling in my gut that they won’t last till Halloween, but I guess I’ll have to wait and see! I hope maybe my view on humanity will be wrong and my pumpkins will survive, but for now I assume the worst. 

With four pumpkins, we got a LOT of seeds! So we tossed them in big ziploc bags with parmesan cheese, oregano, salt, and olive oil mid-way through roasting them! So good!

Did you carve pumpkins this year? What did you carve?

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By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • Awesome job! They look great!


  • Ha, awesome!

  • Taylor Yates

    I wish I had carved pumpkins! It's a little troublesome as a college student to haul a pumpkin (or multiple) up 21 floors to my apartment, but I used to love carving them as a child. I remember my favorite part was the "pumpkin goop" – I was a total tomboy!

    Your pumpkins turned out so cute!


  • Kay

    Such cute pumpkins! Love your cat bus. 😀 We did carve one (just a face my three year old drew on) but we got a TON of rain, and it turned to mush. So we got a new big pumpkin and she painted a ladybug on it!

  • thedailymiacis

    Oh that Catbus! I'm totally gonna do that on my pumpkin!

  • Love how they came out! Those seeds sound yummy, I always forget to flavor mine. I wanna try sweet and spicy this year!

  • Thank you!!

  • Yeahhhh, it's hard to do them in college where you can't really display them (kids might smash them) and when you live way up on the upper floors! I love the pumpkin goop too!!

  • Oh man! It might rain tonight here, so I'm a little worried! But I was more concerned about some high school kid smashing them! That sounds really cute though!

  • Isn't it too cute? I found the pattern on google and had to do it!

  • I've never flavored mine before either, so this was a nice treat! There are so many recipes!

  • Kay

    Smashing would definitely be worse than rain! I do hope they make it until Halloween!

  • The totoro pumpkins are so adorable! Great work! I didn't get to carve one this year although my mother and I really wanted to. Our local supermarkets didn't have any in the right size, though!

  • That stinks!! 🙁 Maybe next year though! Around here some of the churches set out "pumpkin patches" where you could get pumpkins!

  • You know, I've never carved a pumpkin! It's a very American thing, but it's getting popular here too. I usually get an orange and colour it in with a marker haha!
    I love your totoro one!

  • Oh wow, those pumpkin seeds sound amazing!!

    I've only carved a üumpkin once. I find it hard enough cutting up pumpkins to cook!

  • It was so busy!! There were so many kids! That was also probably because we went on a weekend instead of a weekday!

  • I carved pumpkins a lot when I was a kid, then when I hit middle/high school we stopped doing it since we didn't have any neighbors to see them anyways, but it's so much fun! I didn't know it was an American thing! haha! I thought other countries did it too haha!

  • I love carving pumpkins! You just need to right tools and a pumpkins that doesn't have too thick of a skin!