Whether you have one or several pumpkins at your house by now, you may want to transform them from simple orange balls into something scary, funny, or otherwise creative. Open this link http://www.pumpkinmasters.com/free-patterns.asp and you’ll find many inspiring designs. Find one you like and then can print it out, tape it to your pumpkin and carve out the design. Be sure to have lots of paper underneath to catch all the inside flesh of the pumpkin that you’ll scoop out, and of course be careful with your knife! When you are done, you can put a tea light candle in the bottom of the pumpkin and display it at nighttime in the front of your house. Voila! This is a “jack o’lantern”.
October brings with it all things “Autumn”. This is the month of one of our most unique holidays, Halloween. But there is way more than just that one night to celebrate! Hayrides, apple picking, pumpking picking, jack o’ lantern carving, corn mazes. The list is long my friends. Visit this website to find farms and other places near you in Maryland to do these activities. www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/MDpumpkins.php
photo by Aaron Gustafson
October is the month of hayrides, pumpkin picking and trick or treating on Halloween! Read about the History and Origin of Halloween, Safety Tips, Recipes (you don’t want to miss the Frozen Hand recipe), and more, all on this site. http://www.halloween-website.com/
There are still plenty of apples to be picked and it’s a wonderful activity to gather with your friends/family to go to one of the local orchards to pick your own apples. To find the orchards for your area, visit http://www.mda.state.md.us/md_products/agritourism_sites-farms//fall_farm_activities.php
Our three clusters can find orchards in their area by scrolling down to the Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Howard County listings. A few quick suggestions are www.butlersorchard.com (Germantown), www.baughers.com (Westminster) and www.webersfarm.com (Baltimore).