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09/19/2012
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Pumpkin Patch Fun
Play these pumpkin games to make Halloween time extra fun.
Materials
  • Pennies
  • 10 plastic bottles
  • 1 large pumpkin
  • Several small pumpkins (some may break during play)
Steps
Step 1
Go On a Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt

Pumpkins come in different shapes and sizes. While you’re at the pumpkin patch, see if you can find the roundest, the tallest, the funniest looking, the one with the curliest stem, the one with the longest stem, and one with no stem at all.

Step 2
Bowl With Pumpkins

Partially fill your plastic bottles with water. Cut the stems off the pumpkins so they roll easier. Then set your “water-bottle pins” on a grassy surface, and start bowling with your pumpkin balls. The scoring system—or whether you score at all—is up to you.

Step 3
Pitch Pennies Into Your Pumpkin

Carve a pumpkin and leave a wide hole in the top. Take five steps away from the pumpkin and try to pitch pennies into the pumpkin. If it’s too hard, step closer. If it’s too easy, step farther away. The person who gets the most pennies in the pumpkin wins.

Step 4
Give Your Pumpkin to Wildlife

After Halloween, put your jack-o’-lantern and pumpkin bowling balls in your yard for local wildlife to enjoy. Squirrels, raccoons, deer, and even many dogs will chow down with gusto on all parts of the pumpkin.

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