Carving that same old jack-o-lantern can start to get a little old, so check out our picks for alternative pumpkin activities.
To be fair, this one's more like "watch pumpkins get
smashed." The ever-so-creepy "Pumpkin Executioner" ceremonially
demolishes one pumpkin every half-hour, and he's got a whole scary
routine to go along with it. Just try not to picture a guillotine
while you're watching.
Creatures of the Night
Set a world record with them
You can spice up pumpkin carving by heading to the Great
Highwood Pumpkin Fest, where they're planning to make
pumpkin-carving history. Last year, the 30,919 lit pumpkins broke
the Guinness World Record, and they're hoping to one-up themselves
in 2012. Bring your own carved pumpkin or carve a pre-scooped one
at the fest.
Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest
Pumpkin rolling might seem like the ultimate lazy person's
competition, but we have a feeling it's harder than it sounds. Try
to pick out a perfectly round pumpkin, then see how far it goes
with just one roll. Each roll is only $1 (and benefits the local
Boy Scout troop), so we'll understand if you try over and over and
If you get a rush from seeing a perfectly shaped pumpkin
shattered into a million pieces, this event's for you-even though
it's a long drive downstate. Adults and kids build machines to hurl
pumpkins through the air, and then watch them come crashing down.
Spectators are welcome, too, if you don't want to bother with
Swim with them
No, "swimming with the pumpkins" isn't some mob-style
euphemism. It's literal, as in the Water Works' pool is
filled with floating orange gourds, and kids 2-12 take turns
paddling around with them.
The Water Works
Hunt for them
Searching for hidden pumpkins using a GPS unit sounds like
a challenge, but add in the cover of darkness and it seems