Get ready for the Great Pumpkin Shortage of 2012. The ghost of Hurricane Irene is haunting many of the Northeast’s pumpkin patches, having left them in ruins this summer. If you can find a pumpkin at all, they say you’ll be paying at least twice what you paid last year.
Pumpkin growers suggest buying pumpkins early, just so you can be sure to get one before they all disappear. The Washington Post offers a great tip to keep them around a little longer: “… buyers can make [pumpkins] last longer by washing them with water mixed with a little bleach. That kills any fungus left over from the fields and staves off mold and rotting …”
If you can’t find one, or don’t want to deal with the moldy, collapsed, frightful mess they make on your front porch if you leave them out too long, never fear. Strollerderby brings you the best list of pumpkin-free jack o’ lantern ideas around:
- The Hairpin provides tips on making everything from apple-’o-lanterns to watermel-’o-lanterns to squash-’o-lanterns.
- Guest of a Guest shows you how to create homemade play dough pumpkins.
- Instructables suggests recycling old jars to make glowing pumpkin faces.
- If you’re the super crafty type, Martha Stewart shows you how to make your jack o’lanterns out of papier-mâché.
- Country Living suggests tissue paper pumpkins.
If all else fails, at least your children can carve their own virtual pumpkins and sites like Better Homes & Gardens.
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