Just this past weekend, I was able to visit the market to pick up some pumpkins for my girls to decorate. I love pumpkins for a variety of reasons. They make me smile (brings up so many great childhood memories), they make me warm (nothing better than a bite of pumpkin pie) and they energize me (the lit up jack-o-lanterns do the trick). They’re a feel good kind of multi-purpose item.
While pumpkins do make great desserts, yummy porridge, amazing dishes, scary jack-o-lanterns, they go beyond their normal call-of-duty. More and more you’re seeing them make cameos in design and décor magazines, as well as a multitude of beauty products.
To help you get creative with your pumpkins (by the way, they’re under a $1 for small ones), I’ve got a list of 5 “other” things you could do with your pumpkins this year:
- Taffy. If you have a sweet tooth or you need a candy alternative for Halloween, this would be perfect for it. I’m Korean and my mom would always buy pumpkin taffy at the Asian markets. You can identify it as a healthier tootsie roll with a better taste to it. Be creative and make your own homemade pumpkin taffy.
- Candleholders. I’m hesitant with fall décor because you don’t want to go overboard and look like you really brought the outside in. If you’re looking to spruce up your dining table and make it fall but chic, create your own pumpkin candleholders (super easy to make).
- Body Scrub. Pumpkin has vitamins A, C, K, E, potassium, magnesium, iron and much more goodness. Since it has cell renewing and disease fighting properties, it makes for the perfect ingredient to your beauty product. With a lot more warm baths during the fall months, make your own pumpkin body scrub to make your skin soft and supple.
- Vase. Whether it is adding accents to your already fabulous room or creating one big centerpiece for a table, flowers inside a pumpkin vase will do the trick. It will definitely be a showstopper and a conversation piece.
- Soap. For me the scent of soap is very important as I don’t want to smell like something I don’t like. With this pumpkin soap, not only will you crave pumpkin pie, you’ll smell just as delicious. Plus, your skin will look amazing.
Susan Yoo-Lee is the editor of Savings.com personal finance blog and founder of Mommas in the House blog. When she’s not busy with her Chef husband and 2 daughters, she’s most likely coming up with the next best juicing recipe.