Do you love pumpkins? Seeing these vibrant squash decorate homes and porches are one of the best parts of fall. From the pumpkin patch to the pumpkin pie, we can't get enough and neither can our children. So gather the family and as many pumpkins as you can carry, because there's plenty of fun to be had.

Games

Pumpkin games are a great way to add some fun to your Halloween party or fall birthday party. Try bobbing for pumpkins (the small variety), bowling with pumpkins, or having a pumpkin toss.

Pumpkin Art

The pumpkins can either be the used as art or to create art. Use small pumpkins as a stamp, pressing it gently into paint and then onto the paper. You can also roll the pumpkin in paint and then roll it across the paper. Or, make the pumpkin the canvas and decorate it any way you want.

Musical Instrument

After you've hollowed out the pumpkin, but before you've carved in, turn it into a drum. Tap away on it with kitchen utensils and have a great time before cutting in.

Science Experiments

Hollow out a pumpkin, fill it with soil, and plant some seeds and you've got your very own indoor garden. Or, leave your jack-o-lanterns out for a long time and study the effects of decomposition. And remember that baking soda, vinegar, and soda bottle explosion? Just substitute a pumpkin for the soda bottle and you've got yourself a pumpkin volcano.

Pumpkin Village

Instead of carving pumpkin faces, take a variety of pumpkins and carve windows and doors in each of them to create a pumpkin village. Decorate your pumpkin town with any fun items your kids want to such as their Little People or figurines.

Pumpkin Faces

Instead of carving pumpkins this year, go with reusable pumpkin faces using parts from that forgotten Mr. Potato Head or cut pieces of felt. This will keep small children busy for hours.

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin is an ingredient for so many delicious foods like pie, soup, and bread. But the ones we can't wait to try this year are pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin fudge.

Sensory Exploration

Carve open a pumpkin and let your little one squish it and squeeze it. Then, dry out the seeds and add them to your child's sensory box. Smooth and pointy, pumpkin seeds will make a great addition to the usual rice and beans.

Family Photo Props

Fall is a great time of year to take some family photos, and pumpkins make the perfect festive prop. Have the children or the whole family sit around them, or stack them along your front steps next to you. Dress in fall colors and your pictures will pop.

How do you use pumpkins to celebrate the season?