During earlier times, people used only a turnip as symbolic of Halloween. Due to the Irish potato famine (1845-1850), several thousands of men immigrated with their families to America. After they arrived, the Irish found that pumpkins were more readily available than turnips in the America, so they substituted turnips for pumpkin. Today, the carved pumpkin face is what is ubiquitously used during Halloween the world over.
Since then, pumpkin has been an indispensable part of Halloween celebrations. Most people buy the pumpkin from the marketplace while a few choose to grow their own.
Growing your own pumpkin is not as difficult as you think. All you have to do is bury the seed in the ground and water it occasionally. Pumpkins grow well in areas where they receive direct sunlight at lease for few hours every day.
Pumpkins require four to five months to reach maturity and as such you can plant them in May to obtain pumpkins in time for Halloween. Even if you harvest the pumpkins early, there should be no problems as the pumpkins can last for months, if stored on cool dry place.
Apart from carving your pumpkins for Halloween celebrations, you can use some of the seeds for cooking a tasty treat. You can carve a pumpkin to place on your doorstep for the Halloween night – but, if you want more fun and excitement, you can organize a pumpkin carving party with your family members and close friends.
You will have to decide what exactly you wish to carve with your Halloween pumpkin and assemble the appropriate tools to do the job. There are pumpkin-carving kits available in the market if you opt for some standard designs.
But if you want a unique and distinctly different design, then you will have to select some pumpkin stencils and free pumpkin carving templates.