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May 30, 2020








Pumpkin bowling

Seed craft

You’ll need: Dried pumpkin seeds, acrylic paint, glue, paint brush, paper
For a twist on your pumpkin craft, make something from the seeds instead. This seed collage idea was taken from Seeds are best painted when dried out and stuck to a piece of masking tape so they don’t move when painted. When the paint is dry, kids can arrange the the colored seeds as part of a collage or within the outline of a fall shape (like a pumpkin or a tree with red, orange and yellow leaves). Glue to paper or poster board. Kelly Sennott photo.
Pumpkin Zentangle
You’ll need: 1 pumpkin (real or fake), permanent marker or pen
New Hampshire artist Suzanne Binnie has been teaching a workshop the past couple of years at Wild Salamander Art Center (30 Ash St., Hollis) called Tangle a Pumpkin. The premise is to use Zentangle techniques in decorating your pumpkin, which involves repeating doodle patterns called “tangles.” The artificial pumpkins, said art center co-owner Charlie Morgan, can be purchased at most craft stores, but real pumpkins can work too; he advises using a soft-tip pen to avoid scratching the skin. He thinks the activity is geared more to young adults or adults as the designs are intricate and many kids won’t have the patience. You can find patterns and ideas at

10 ideas for your $5 (or less) pumpkin

By Kelly Sennott

 New Hampshire’s state fruit is one of the most versatile you’ll buy all year. It’s an ideal fall decoration on its own, but the gourd also provides means for games, crafts and munchies; here are 10 ways to make use of your $5 pumpkin.

Pumpkin bowling
You’ll need: One round pumpkin, toilet paper rolls, carving tools, construction paper
Courtesy of, pumpkin bowling will work best with a very round pumpkin and a level ground. (Though, arguably the challenge of rolling on a bumpy lawn with a disfigured fruit could make it more fun.) If you want to play this game outside — before the frost hits! — and don’t want to waste toilet paper, wrap the toilet paper rolls in food wrap to avoid dirtying them. Ghost faces were made with construction paper cut-outs. If you want to standardize your bowling ball, cut off the tip, remove the gooey insides and cut three finger holes. Pins, similarly, can be altered too; do it with empty cans, with cones, with real bowling pins or with kid-crafted Halloween statues.
Seed roasting
You’ll need: 1 cup of pumpkin seeds, ½ teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of oil
To roast the seeds, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the seeds, salt and oil together, and spread the mixture evenly on a cooking sheet. Bake the mixture for 20 minutes or until brown and crispy. The result is a delicious healthy snack.
Pumpkin golf
You’ll need: One (or more) pumpkins for holes, carving utensils, at least one golf club, golf balls
This game will likely work best with larger pumpkins. To make the holes, we emptied out the pumpkin guts and carved a very large hole at the bottom of the pumpkin, large and low enough so that a ball could roll in, small enough so that, after you carve, the pumpkin can still remain upright on its own. If you want to go all out, decorate it with a pumpkin face (by carving, painting, collaging) and make multiple to scatter about the yard for a pumpkin golf course.
Pumpkin bocce
You’ll need: One large pumpkin, carving tools, several miniature pumpkins or some form of bocce-like balls
The game is pretty straightforward, according to Carve one large pumpkin, which will be the game’s centerpiece. With the smaller sugar pumpkins (or bocce balls) have each participant roll as close to the pumpkin as possible (no throwing!). Closest roll is the winner. 
Pumpkin ring toss
You’ll need: A few small pumpkins, a glow necklace (or another ring-shaped object)
Carve these pumpkins or keep them whole. The object of the game is to get the ring around the pumpkin. Ideally, you’ll have multiple pumpkins set up, with each pumpkin counting for a set number of points. 
Pumpkin vase
You’ll need: Pumpkin, something to carve with, flowers to put in the pumpkin vase
This idea is courtesy of KC Morgan, co-owner of Wild Salamander Art Center in Hollis. Cut the hole off the top of a pumpkin, scoop out its insides and use to hold flowers. Keep it as is or decorate with ribbons, paint, carvings, etc.
Decoration competition
You’ll need: Pumpkin, $5 (So the total cost for this will be a little more than $5, but you already had a pumpkin laying around that you’d used for pumpkin ring toss or pumpkin bowling, right?)
InTown Manchester and Studio 550 are hosting a pumpkin-decorating showdown called the “Great, Gourd-eous Pumpkin Competition.” The event is Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Studio 550, 550 Elm St., Manchester. Decorating and carving supplies will be provided but all participants must BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin). Cost is $5 to enter, decoration kits are forbidden, and judging, which happens from 1 to 1:30 p.m., will be based on craftsmanship, creativity and overall impact. 
World record participation
You’ll need: Pumpkin, carving tools, candle, a ride to Keene
You can’t go wrong with a traditional jack o’lantern, particularly if you plan on attending the Keene Pumpkin Festival this Saturday, Oct. 18, from noon to 8:30 p.m. Last year, event participants broke the world record with the most lighted jack o’lanterns in one place, ever. Every year, the festival needs lots and lots of pumpkins, so you can donate your own carved masterpiece. Visit
As seen in the October 16, 2014 issue of the Hippo. 

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