History of National Pumpkin Day
National Pumpkin Day timeline
Sorry Halloween, Thanksgiving was first
A published article on celebrating Thanksgiving recommends a lit jack-o'-lantern as part of the festivities. The writer also encourages kids and families to join together to make their own jack-o'-lanterns. (The U.S. did not fully embrace Halloween until the 1920s.)
Fall’s official drink
Starbucks exec Peter Dukes, who arrived at the company with a BA in Economics and an MBA from Stanford, comes up with a new idea for a fall espresso flavor. As it happens, Dukes and his former Cardinal basketball teammates used to alternate sips of espresso with bites of pumpkin pie. Do you see where we're going here? Starbucks has now sold more than 350 million pumpkin spice lattes in 50 countries.
Heavy rain in Illinois devastates the pumpkin crop just one year after a relatively weak 2008 crop. The combination results in a shortage affecting the entire country during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Another shortage, somewhat less severe, affected the 2015 crop.
Per Boston television station WBZ, Connecticut resident Alex Noel sets a new record for the heaviest pumpkin at the annual Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts. The pumpkin, which weighed in at just over one ton, earned the grower a whopping $8,000. Now that’s scary.
National Pumpkin Day FAQs
Is today National Pumpkin Pie Day?
National Pumpkin Pie Day can be celebrated on several days, but is most often on October 12.
What day is National Pumpkin Day?
National Pumpkin Day is held every October 26 and is a day to celebrate one of the most beloved and versatile gourds on earth.
Is There a National Turkey Day?
Aside from Thanksgiving, there is no specific day that celebrates the humble turkey. However, there is a National Turkey Lover’s Month — it’s June.
National Pumpkin Day Activities
Try a new recipe at home
Try a new way of preparing pumpkin today! Never had a roasted spicy pumpkin soup? What about a pumpkin smoothie? How about pickled pumpkin with cinnamon. Try making your own!
Bake a pie, bread, or scone
Ok, so most of the time pumpkin pies are baked around the holidays, but don't let that limit you: there are no rules as to when you can enjoy a delicious slice of pumpkin pie. But if you do think that pie belongs to Thanksgiving or Christmas only, try another pumpkin-baked treat! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin scones?
Carve a Pumpkin
Enjoy some traditional October pumpkin fun. Think of your favorite cartoon character, slogan, or image and have fun carving it into a pumpkin. Print out your design and use a toothpick to poke small dots into your pumpkin to transfer the design and get carving!
Why We Love National Pumpkin Day
Eating pumpkins is good for your health
Did you know that the potassium in pumpkins can have a positive effect on blood pressure? Eating a diet high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C (all of which pumpkins have), is also associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density, and reduction in the formation of kidney stones. In addition, the antioxidants and vitamins in pumpkins could prevent degenerative damage to the eyes.
Pumpkins are delicious
Pumpkins are an amazingly versatile fruit, they can be used in sweet, savory, spicy, or salty dishes! You can bake them, boil them, steam them, puree them, even fry them. With so many ways to prepare pumpkins, and so many flavors you can add to them, there is guaranteed to be a way that appeals to everyone.
Pumpkins are fun to carve
Everyone loves carving pumpkins, and to top it off, it’s a great way to have fun with the kids. Invite your neighbors over, invite your friends over and have a pumpkin-carving party.
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