Here a Pump­kin, There a Pump­kin…

Country Sampler Autumn Decorating SIP - - Editor’s Note - Su­san Wag­ner

A cou­ple years ago, I moved to a small town in Illi­nois that cel­e­brates fall with an an­nual Pump­kin Fes­ti­val. For more than 50 years now, Sy­camore has de­lighted its res­i­dents and out-of-town vis­i­tors with thou­sands of carved and dec­o­rated pump­kins that fill the court­house lawn. Although the bul­bous or­ange fruit that we all as­so­ciate with the sea­son is a well-loved icon, nowa­days we’re just as likely to see squatty cream­col­ored ones, nubby speck­led pump­kins, or even smooth green­ish va­ri­eties. And while a child will al­ways de­light in scoop­ing out a crazy grin­ning jack-o’-lantern, adults are con­tin­u­ing the joy of pump­kin carv­ing with elab­o­rate and in­tri­cate de­signs. Dur­ing the fall sea­son, not only are we carv­ing pump­kins, en­joy­ing the seeds and us­ing th­ese gourds to dec­o­rate our homes, but we’re also hav­ing our senses bom­barded with their tra­di­tional taste and smell. Who doesn’t en­joy a creamy slice of pump­kin pie at Thanks­giv­ing? Or what about a pump­kin spice latte to warm up a chilly morn­ing? You can bring the aroma in­doors with a pump­kin-scented candle, or smooth on pump­kin pie– smelling lo­tion. Pump­kin Spice Candy Corn sounds rather yummy, and

I’d be will­ing to give Pump­kin Spice Twinkies a try. But Pump­kin Pie

Spice Pringles or hum­mus? I’m not so sure about those. Once, I saw a sign out­side an auto repair shop stat­ing, “We have pump­kin spice oil changes!” While it’s funny to think about the plethora of pump­kin-spice prod­ucts that hit the shelves when au­tumn rolls around, it does prove that pump­kins are still iconic to the sea­son. And, they’ve def­i­nitely moved be­yond the tra­di­tional or­ange globes. No mat­ter your dec­o­rat­ing style, you’re likely to find one of th­ese fall beau­ties to suit your style— and maybe even your taste.

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