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Pumpkin Challenges - Article by Angela, Teen Blogger

It’s that time of the year again, when you see pumpkin Blizzards, pumpkin spice lattes, etc. Pumpkins are everywhere.

Do you want to be creative and make something cool? Let’s raise our fall spirits and complete these challenges this season:

1. Check out this book in the library to make the best pumpkin designs: Extreme Pumpkins: diabolical do-it-yourself designs to amuse your friends and scare your neighbors by Tom Nardone.Extremem Pumpkins book cover Editor's Note: Who says that you can only carve pumpkins for Halloween?

2. Here's a great pumpkin pie recipe. If you have some time to spend and feel like chopping up a pumpkin, go for it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PCUoCrnZrs

3. Make your very own pumpkin brownies: http://homecooking.about.com/od/dessertrecipes/r/bldes122.htm

4. If you feel like having pretty and healthy skin, try this pumpkin face mask: http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/844007/diy-pumpkin-facial-mask

5. Stop eating all the Halloween candies, eat some natural and homemade sweets, like candied pumpkin: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Candied-Pumpkin

6. How about pumpkin pie for slurping? Yesss. Pumpkin smoothie: http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2011/09/pumpkin-spice-smoothie/

    After you have completed the 6 challenges mentioned above, why don’t you learn a little bit more about pumpkins?*

    • The term “pumpkin” is derived from the Greek word “pepon” which means large melon.
    • Pumpkin is a type of squash.
    • Pumpkin seeds are a great source of protein and other nutrients essential to our bodies.
    • Pumpkin juice is drank like OJ in the Harry Potter series.
    • Carved pumpkins on the front porch are believed to prevent malevolent spirits from entering the house.
    • The only continent that pumpkins don’t grow is Antarctica.
    • The largest pumpkin in the world weighed more than the heaviest person in the world.

    Hope you all have fun with your pumpkins!

    Teen blogger,


    *Editor's Note: Here are the sources for the pumpkin info above (just in case your curious mind needs to 'squash' in more info). :)



    • The Lie Tree
    • The way he lived
    • A drop of night
    • Thief of lies
    • Defender
    • Character, driven
    • Every young adult's break-up survival guide
    • Hidden gold
    • The heart of stone
    • The last boy and girl in the world
    • The epidemic
    • I see reality
    • Finding Hope
    • Under the Dusty Moon
    • Flawd
    • Dark energy
    • Hot pterodactyl boyfriend
    • Harmony House
    • Burning
    • See no color
    • One of us
    • A tangle of gold
    • It should have been a #GoodDay
    • Beautiful broken things
    • The radiant road
    • Speak a word for freedom
    • When we collided
    • Hit count
    • Fig
    • The beast of Cretacea
    • Essential maps for the lost
    • Queen
    • Exit, pursued by a bear
    • The Raven King
    • Breakaway
    • The forbidden orchid
    • The young adult's guide to public speaking