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Pumpkin picking tips

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Pick the perfect Halloween pumpkin!

Looking at the bin of pumpkins in a grocery store or gazing over a vast pumpkin patch can make the task of picking a pumpkin or two for your family just a tad overwhelming. Even if you're pressed for time, following these tips can make the pumpkin-picking process a fun and memorable event for your clan.

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When searching for the perfect pumpkin, first decide what you will be using your pumpkin for. This will help steer you in the direction of the perfect pumpkin, hand-picked especially for you.

Carving and painting

Tall, thin pumpkins are good for funny faces and whimsical expressions.

pumpkin

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Round shapes are perfect for happy faces or scary faces.

pumpkin
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Odd-shaped pumpkins are the right canvas for creating unique characters.

flower pumpkin

Photo credit: amandaa_forste

Au naturel

white pumpkins

Photo credit: mrscaudery

If leaving your pumpkin au naturel, look for a textured, unique orange beauty or a pumpkin in a different hue. Believe it or not, there are white, red, striped and even blue pumpkins available to you! We love the chic look of a white pumpkin, perfect for a mantel display.

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