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It’s Pumpkin Season — Are You Ready?

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October is here, and that means it’s pumpkin season, and time for all things pumpkin, and like everything else, nobody does it better than Illinois, which is why the Eclipse at 1450 Blog is bursting with pumpkin decorating ideas and recipes in this edition. 

Decorating Pumpkins — Alternatives to Carving a Pumpkin 


Doily Pumpkins

Give your pumpkin a fancy and intricate pattern with a doily. What you will need: a paper doily, scissors, a pumpkin, repositionable adhesive, black paint, and a stencil brush. Be sure to cut a hole in the middle of the doily big enough to fit around the stem of your pumpkin. 


Glitter Pumpkins

Make your pumpkin stand out by covering it in shimmering glitter. This tutorial from Two Sisters Crafting will show you how to achieve the ultimate level of glamour this Halloween. Or if you don’t want to go all out, dip only part of your pumpkin in glitter. 


Splatter Paint Pumpkins from The Sassy Life

These splatter paint pumpkins look super cool and are extremely fun to paint! Just make sure you either cover things in your workspace that you don’t want paint to get splattered on, or paint them outside. Use whatever paint colors you like. 

Pumpkin-Based Recipes 


Pumpkin Swirl Chocolate Brownies from The Comfort Kitchen

These chocolate brownies are rich, decadent, and gooey, plus they include a flavorful and creamy pumpkin swirl! Chocolate and pumpkin were meant to be together.


Pumpkin Pie Cookies from Savory Nothings

These adorable cookies are like mini pumpkin pies and are perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving. You will love the flaky crust and sweet filling. Here’s everything you will need: flour, sugar, salt, butter, cold water, an egg, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ground ginger. 


Pumpkin Pie Dream Bars from A Latte Food

These pumpkin pie bars are so good they just might appear in your dreams. To make them, you will need: crushed graham crackers, melted butter, white chocolate chips, toffee bits, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ground cloves, sweetened condensed milk, and shredded coconut. 


What are you favorite ways to decorate with pumpkins or create a pumpkin-based dish to eat? Let us know in the comments. We hope you enjoy pumpkins all month long right here in Mt. Prospect! Happy Halloween to everyone in our apartment community.