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8 Must-See Pumpkin Tips for Halloween and Fall

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With a blog called "Lille Punkin'" you didn't think we would let this holiday go by without talking about pumpkins, did you? With just a few days left before Halloween, we wanted to share our favorite tips for carving pumpkins, preserving pumpkins, and more!

And while it was really difficult to pick our faves (there are just so many clever things out there), we narrowed it down to these 8 amazing articles!

How to Bake Pumpkin Seeds

Here's a tutorial I wrote back in 2007 over at Wise Bread. It's still a great resource for how to enjoy delicious baked pumpkin seeds!

How to Make Your Carved Pumpkin Last Longer

This clever tip from Frugal Upstate involves bleach and it is such an easy way to prevent mold and spoilage that can cause your jack-o-lantern to cave in before the big night! Learn how to get a longer-lasting pumpkin before you carve!

Low-Carb Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

Warm up with this easy way to enjoy pumpkin! This slow cooker pumpkin chili from is delicious -- and not bad for you, either!

Pumpkin Spiced Bread

This simple recipe from Life As Mom is perfect for a fall swap or giving as a gift. I think having some Pumpkin Spiced Bread for breakfast wounds like the perfect way to start a day!

The Easiest Way to Carve a Pumpkin

Whether you buy designs from the store, or use free printables like those found at, you can use simple tools to finish a pumpkin in less than an hour. This simple pumpkin carving tutorial can get you a great jack-o-lantern every time!

Make a Duct Tape Pumpkin

Not in the mood to carve? Leave the knives in the drawer and follow our simple plan for making duct tape pumpkins!

Can you Use Carving Pumpkins as Food?

Frugal Upstate answers the question of whether it's OK to eat your uncarved jack-o-lantern. The answer may surprise you!

Creamy Pumpkin Ravioli

Ok, we we actually made this dish with butternut squash, but pumpkin will work, too! What a delicious way to enjoy that pie pumpkin you didn't use up. This creamy pumpkin ravioli was a hit with the kids, too!

Finally, I want to leave you with some photos of this year's carving activity. With 6 kids, the kitchen table gets a bit crowded, but it was too rainy to do our traditional outdoor carving.  We have quite the mess to clean up!

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