Pumpkin-Palooza

Author: Laura Frangipane

The practice of carving pumpkins has been traced by the University of Illinois to an Irish myth about a man called “Stingy Jack”. Basically, Jack was a man who played a trick on the Devil. The devil, as a result, would not allow Jack into hell. God, on the other hand, would not allow such an immoral person into heaven. Thus, the Devil sent Jack out into the dark with a burning coal for light. Jack put the coal into a carved out turnip and has, according to legend, been haunting the world ever since. The Irish began carving their own turnips. When immigrants arrived in the United States, they found that pumpkins, which are native to America, served the same purpose.
Sure, pumpkins feel like they’ve been around forever. But unlike those other vegetables, pumpkins are actually fun. So, celebrate jack-o-lanterns the square style with these tips.
THE OVERDONE
1)    Pick-your-own pumpkin.
2)    Roast pumpkin seeds.
3)    Defrost a pumpkin pie from a big box store.
4)    Smash pumpkins on the college seal.
THE BETTER
1)    Serious, serious pumpkin carving. Have you googled carved pumpkins lately? This could even be considered art nowadays. (Note to self: consider feasibility of Pumpkin Carving class for arts requirement at Dickinson.)
2)    Pumpkin growing contests. Sure, this may involve a few more hours at the college farm, but it will totally be worth it when you get to eat frozen pumpkin pie for the next year straight.
3)    Iron Chef Dickinson may be over but that shouldn’t stop those of us who are culinary inclined to try their hand at recipes involving pumpkin during their prime season. (Pumpkin cheesecake? Pumpkin soup?)
THE REASON-WE-ARE-GLAD-PUMPKINS-EXIST
Punkin chunkin. Possibly the coolest fall sport. Punkin chunkin is, simply, launching a pumpkin as far as you can. The person whose pumpkin achieves the greatest distance wins. The World Championship Punkin Chunkin takes place in early November in Delaware. (Make friends with a physics major. The world record is currently set at nearly 4500 ft.)

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