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Top Three Pumpkin Alternatives

  • 15th Oct 2014

Top Three Pumpkin Alternatives

Decorating your home in preparation for the spooky holiday of Halloween is a great way to become part of the community on Allen's residential park, not to mention help lift everybody’s spirits with the cold weather looming. There is a lot you can do when it comes to Halloween décor, most of which can b achieved with basic supplies including card and felt tips.
 
If you don’t want to buy your decorations this year, DIY crafts are a fantastic option. Not only do they allow you to channel your inner creativity, you can invite your neighbours over to your residential park home for a spot of baking and crafting.
 
A huge part of DIY decorations is carving pumpkins, however, this year; why not try something a little different? Instead of opting for the conventional pumpkin design, there are other vegetables that can give your carvings a unique touch and look equally fantastic.
 
Below we have compiled just three pumpkin alternatives for you to try your hand at. Visit our website for the UK's best seasonal caravan parks and get the winter break you deserve today!
 
Turnip
 
Though it may sound strange to use a turnip as a pumpkin alternative, there’s actually a bit of a backstory behind it. According to legend, the tradition of the Jack-O-Lantern came from a man named Jack who, when he died, was turned away from both heaven and hell after he crossed the devil. Lost, he hollowed out a turnip and used a burning lump of coal to guide his way. Some argue that putting Jack-O-Lanterns outside will scare away bad spirits while others claim that it helps to guide lost spirits back home.
 
Whatever version you believe, turnips played a significant role in the tale that has been passed down for centuries, which is why they are an ideal choice for a pumpkin alternative this October.
 
Melon
 
Melons can also make a rare yet great pumpkin alternative. All you need to do is scoop out the insides so that it is hollow before carving your face. You can also add various seasonal touches like fake cobwebs and black marker to make it even more unique, or even pop in some red berries, squashed for a bloody affair!
 
You can also spray paint your pumpkin alternative with festive colours such as black, gold, red and so on. This will not only help to add a unique touch to the melon, but it will also make it stand out on the night of Halloween!
 
Butternut Squash
 
Although like the melon, it has no ties to Halloween, using a Butternut Squash as a substitute pumpkin is a great way to get more out of your seasonal experience. As an idea, you could cut a square hole in the front of the squash and create a miniature scene from your favourite movie inside. To dress it up a bit, consider investing in black ribbon or lace to tie or wrap around the top of the squash.
 
Alternatively, you can have different shaped ‘pumpkins’ by cutting the squash in half and carving scary faces into the vegetable.
 
These are just three pumpkin alternatives you can use to add a unique touch to this year’s Halloween night.

Do you have any more decoration ideas that you’d like to share? If so get in touch with us over at www.allenscaravans.co.uk and we'll give you a mention in our blog section.

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