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Everything you ever wanted to know about pumpkins is located on this page from how to choose the perfect pumpkin to tips to grow your own pumpkins!  Learn the history of Halloween, Jack-o-Lanterns to the secrets of making the best pumpkin pie. If you can think of any content we’ve missed please feel free to submit your idea’s and suggestions.  Below we'll list links to find all sorts of information about pumpkins stories about pumpkins and everything you ever wanted to know about pumpkins.
 

Find Pumpkin Patches and more right here on Hauntworld.com.  We have sourced out all the information to help you find the best pumpkin patchs, corn mazes, hayrides and more.  Additionally we offer pumpkin carving tips and patterns for free!!!  A pumpkin patch is techincally a Halloween Attraction because pumpkin patches are no longer just a field with pumpkins in them.  Today pumpkin patches are attractions with corn mazes, hayrides, pony rides, straw mazes, inflatable haunted houses, as well as pumpkin everywhere for you to purchase.  Pumpkin patches have now become one of the best family attractions to take your kids each and ever single October. 

When you are looking for a haunted house visit the front page of www.Hauntworld.com and use our map and click on the state nearest you.  Many haunted attractions now feature pumpkin patches, haunted hayrides and other Halloween events. Find them all on the front page o Hauntworld.com using the interactive map. Below find articles and links to other sites to help you find what you are looking for! 

Find Halloween Attractions, Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more here  www.HalloweenAttractions.com

Find Pumpkin Patches nationwide and by state across America www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org

This site offers the best way to find all sorts of farms across America to help you find places to pick your own pumpkins, strawberries, apples, fruit, and much more.  Awesome website.  http://www.pickyourown.org/

This site is another really cool website to help you find pumpkin patches nationwide http://thepumpkindirectory.com/

 BELOW ARE SOME REALLY COOL VIDEOS ON HOW TO CARVE YOUR OWN PUMPKINS

 

 

Learn how to pick the perfect pumpkin this Halloween 2011.  Halloween Attractions will help you all season with our favorite articles, videos, photos and more to find the perfect pumpkins 2011.  In another blog directed at helping you pick that pefect pumpkin this Halloween we offer yet another video.  We've actually met the Pumpkin Lady while we guest judged a pumpkin carving contest for Food TV.  She is a very experienced and very creative pumpkin carver with all sorts of awesome pumpkin patterns and much more.


Keep checking back here at Halloween Attractions for all your Halloween Happenings.

 

 

Pumpkin Patches Thinking outside the Haunted House

 

I started my haunted house at the age of 15 in 1985 out of the love of Halloween.  The boo business for me started out as a small haunted farm house on my parent’s farm and  grew into a huge Halloween tradition in NC attracting over 45,000 visitors a season.  Over the years as the demand for our haunted attraction increased I decided to look into other ways to draw visitors to the farm.  In the fall of 1999 after researching various attractions we created the Maize Adventure corn maze.  The corn maze grew in attendance just like the haunted attraction did to the point we needed to expand to keep the word of mouth going.  We decided that we would try to sell pumpkins to our customer base just to see if they would sell.  Even though I never grew a pumpkin in my life, I found out that I did not need to know.  In 2005 I found a local farmer that supplied all the big grocery stores in our state and was able to purchase crates of pumpkins at wholesale from him.   It is imperative that you contact a grower very early in the season to put your order in; we made our deal in June. To keep our risk low we made had an agreement where I only purchased what I could sell over the weekend.  This allows us to have a low startup cost and test the market.  There are many types of pumpkins available, however we found the pie pumpkin the perfect size for kids and the traditional carving pumpkin the two best sellers.  We built a pumpkin house to display our pumpkins and put up signs to let all the corn maze customers know to visit the pumpkin patch on the way out.  We did not advertise the pumpkin patch at all other than onsite signage.  To our surprise we sold several thousand of the pumpkins.  Due to the success of the 2005 season we then bundled the pumpkin patch into a combo package for our school groups in 2006.  The kids that participated in the pumpkin patch combo all got to take home a small pie pumpkin.  The marketing was built in automatically, when the kids took home a pumpkin the rest of the family would in turn come out to the farm to purchase the family pumpkin to crave out for the front porch. 

 

 

 

To our amazement we turned out to be the biggest customer of our grower selling close to 20,000 pumpkins in 8 weeks.  In studying the marketing success of our pumpkin sales it was clear to see the secret.  Since we catered to school groups coming to the farm starting in September we could sell pumpkins one month before the general public even thought about a pumpkin.  Once October arrived we already had our best sales people, the school kids, talking up the awesome looking pumpkin house one full month in advance.  The sales of the pumpkins kept increasing every weekend we were open to the public up to the weekend before Halloween.  On average the pumpkins cost us $1.25 each and sold for $5.00.  We treated our customers to an unforgettable experience by allowing them to pick a pumpkin right off the pumpkin house.  The only drawback was trying to keep the house stocked with pumpkins on Saturday afternoon.  Foot traffic was a key selling point, so we created several photo opportunities for the families to take photos of the kids.  We setup old John Deere tractors for kids to pretend they were driving and a cut of the American Gothic photo where kids could pop their heads through.  Even simple hay bales stacked for babies to be propped up along side pumpkins was price less.  With a little creativity you’ll soon find that your business is the talk of the town.  Adults and children alike will be telling all their friends to go check out the most amazing pumpkin patch.   Unlike the traditional pumpkin patches that you find in the parking lots of churches we reinvented the idea and made it our own.  Not to mention the thousands of families that paid a visit to our farm were introduced to our haunted attraction being on the same farm.  If you think about it haunted houses and pumpkins just go together anyway.

 

Stay tuned for my more secrets in this series of “Thinking outside the Haunted House” coming soon.

 

By: Tony Wohlgemuth

President of Kersey Valley Inc. &

On the web at www.kerseyvalley.com

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Carving Tips by Hauntworld.com
 
Tip OnePick a nice round pumpkin or a pumpkin with a flat side on the front.  Do not start with a pumpkin that has odd shapes or is already showing signs of rotting.
 
Tip TwoGet rid of the pumpkin stem by cutting a wide circle around it.  Now clean the pumpkins guts out.  It is best to do most of this work with your hands then take an ice scream scooper to remove anything stuck to the sides. 
 
Tip ThreeNow take your Hauntworld design and tape it right to the pumpkin.  Make sure the surface is dry and clean.  Now you want to trace the design into the pumpkin with a pumpkin poker.  Simply poke the pattern into the pumpkin by poking holes through the paper.  When you remove the paper you will see the design poked into the pumpkin however make sure you keep your design handy for reference.
 
Tip FourUse your pumpkin saw to start the process of carving your pumpkin.  Take your time to make cuts and never use a knife to carve your pumpkin.  
 
Tip FiveLight your pumpkin.  Today Halloween stores sell all sorts of battery operated lights some that strobe and do other effects.  Depending on what type of design you use will determine how much light and what type of light is required.  
 
Tip Six:  We suggest heading to your local art store, for those fine detail pumpkin carving projects.  Art stores will have all sorts of carving tools for artist who normally sculpt clay or foam.  These carving tools will come in handy to create the highly detailed pumpkin carvings.  
 
Tip SevenHAVE FUN!  Take time to get your kids involved, this is a family project and what makes Halloween so much fun for most Americans. 
 
 
 
 

Hauntworld Provides Parents with Halloween Tips to make Trick or Treating safe and fun!

Trick or treating can and has been dangerous for some children if they do not take safety serious.  We know trick or treating because hey our staff tricked and treated until we where 16 years old and now we take our kids.  So make sure you take all of these tips serious and ensure your kids have a safe and very spooky Halloween.  If you have tips you'd like to offer please let us know!  Also do NOT forget to visit your local Halloween Attractions and Haunted Houses.  Be sure to visit the front page of www.Hauntworld.com to find haunted houses by state, simply look for the front page map and find a haunt near you.  To find pumpkin patche go to www.HalloweenAttractions.com

HAUNTWORLD TRICK OR TREATING TIPS

1)  Do not have your kids wear a costume that drags on the ground. Kids can trip on their own costumes.

2)  Have kids wear a glow necklace or bracelet while they trick or treat.  Have each of your kids wear a different color glow necklace so you know which one is which and who you might be missing.

3)  Parents bring a flash light.

4)  Do not walk in the street stay on sidewalks.

 5)  Wear shoes that fit like tennis shoes.  Do not wear high heels.

6)  Make sure any masks have clear eye holes and have clear breathing holes.  Have the kids double check that they can see and breathe before using at night.

7)  Walk do not RUN!  You'll get there you have all night!

8)  If your kids bring props such as a knife or sword make sure they are flexible not hard or sharp. 

9)  Bring water or gatoraid in case the kids get thirsty. 

10)  If you plan to trick or treat far from your home make sure you park the car somewhere you can remember.  Sometimes you can trick or treat for hours in a strange subdivision and bam you have no clue where you are and the kids are tired.  Here is a tip... trick or treat up and down a street then jump in the car and drive over to the next set of streets.  Keep the car close to where you trick or treat.

11)  Do not walk up to houses that do not have lights on. 

12)  For the greedy kids, if you are one of the last ones out the houses will give you more candy to get rid of it!!! True!  I know I've done it!  It works!  But make sure you don't trick or treat much past 9:30pm to 9:45pm.

13)  Eat before you go out to trick or treat also make sure everyone goes to the bathroom.  Demand they do the bathroom thing before you move!

14)  Make sure Adults accompany the kids and again bring a flashlight. 

15)  Make sure any costume you buy is flame retardant.  Remember those pumpkins out there with candle fire!  Some costumes go up in smoke in seconds!  Make sure your childs isn't one of them!

16)  Stay away from homes with barking animals.

17)  Bring home the haul and eat every bite after its been inspected by a parent! 

Hauntworld.com is your home for everything Halloween and Haunted Houses. Have a safe and Happy Halloween! 

 

Here are some really fun places on the web to find Halloween party ideas, Halloween clip art, Halloween screensavers, Halloween decorations ideas and much more.  Please do not hesitiate to suggest a link to us or provide us a fun Halloween article!  All of the Halloween links below have been reviewed by our staff.  If you experience any problems please inform us.  Happy Halloween.

 

Halloween Clip Art

Halloween would be no fun if there wasn't lots of fun activites for the kids to do. Clip art is a fun and entertaining activity that will keep the kids ivolved for hours, and will help make your refriderator or office at work look festive for the season. We have looked into thousands of website to find the best clip art sites to help your children get into the Halloween spirit. Check out some of our favorites below.

http://www.thekidzpage.com/freekidsclipart/holidays/halloween/p0007.html find thousands of art ideas at this site plus the ones listed below to entertain your children. Or have a Haloween party and and an arts and crafts table where kids can color or make fun pictures to take home.

Find all sorts of fun and festive Halloween and Fall seasonal clip art at http://www.kidsturncentral.com/holidays/hclipart.htm 

A great place for educators or room moms to find fun festive clip art for your students is, http://www.awesomeclipartforeducators.com/cat.cfm?cat=Halloween&sec=Holidays. All the kids in your class will have fun at the Halloween party with these fun clip arts.

 

http://www.halloween-clipart.com/

http://www.andynortnik.com/cd_halloween.htm

http://halloweenartgallery.com

Halloween Recipes

Are you having a Halloween party with lots of ghosts, ghouls and gobblins attending? Well if you are you need to make sure that you have a scary array of treats planned for them to make sure it is an all encompassing experience for everyone. There are a lot of YUCKY recipes out there that the little ones (and big ones too) will enjoy.

A great place to start is here, http://parentingteens.about.com/od/halloweenfun/a/halloweenrecipe.htm you can find recipes from "Slime Juice" to "Maggot Stew" that the whole family will be creeped out by. Check it out.

Amazing Moms make AMAZING Halloween treats. On this website you can find lots of treat that are quick and easy. Check out there website here: http://www.amazingmoms.com/htm/Halloween_recipes.htm

Search THREE pages of Halloween Recipes and Baking ideas on this website, http://www.cookingcache.com/cat/halloween_recipes/default.aspx you will fnd somethign the whole family will love....and be CREEPED out by when it is served. They might yell, "EWWWW" but it will be in a good way, not like the time when you asked them to eat brussell spouts.

Are you looking for fun and easy recipes for you and your kids? Check out this website, http://www.easy-kids-recipes.com/halloween-recipes.html. You will be able to get the kids involved in make ghoulish treats that the whole family will enjoy.

This website has fun and healthy Halloween recipes that you and your children can enjoy together. http://hubpages.com/hub/Healthy-Halloween-Recipes-for-Kids

Think your kids are hungry for a Zombie arm, or caving some toad punch? You can find these recipes and many others on this website. They are sure tp be a crowd pleaser for everyone. http://www.dltk-kids.com/recipesdb/viewcategory.asp?cid=25

http://www.benjerry.com/our_products/recipes/

 

http://www.halloweenkitchen.com/

Halloween Decorations

Make sure your house is ready for Halloween by involving everyone to decorate. There are a lot of ideas listed below that the whole family can participate in when decorating for Halloween. From Art and Craft ideas, to fun and creepy recipes for Halloween. A great site to find some ideas for Halloween Arts and Crafts is right here http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/halloween_ms_crafts/ check it out and see what you and your kids can do this Halloween.

EnchantLearning is another great site that has lots of Halloween Arts and Craft decorating ideas that you can use and the GREAT thing about it is, you probably have most of the necessary items to build these decorations just laying around the house. Check out their Halloween page here, http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/halloween/

Another GREAT site to get some cool costume and decorating idea from is, http://www.kinderart.com/seasons/halloween.shtml. This site has ideas for making everything from lolli pop ghosts to tasty and ghoulish Halloween cakes. The ideas on this site will keep the kids busy and excited about more than just Trick-or-Treating. Check them out.

Halloween Crafts.
http://www.benjerry.com/

Scary Portraits
http://www.hauntedportraits.com 

Haunt Guide (Build your own spooky scenes)
www.hauntguide.com

Halloween Screen Savers/Fonts/Greeting Cards

Get into the Halloween spirit by changing your computers screem saver to something fun and creepy for the Halloween season. Or send your friends and family fun, creepy Halloween e-cards. Below are some of the best websites there are for these things. Check them out and find the perfect on for you.

Looking for fun and FREE screen savers? This website is full of Hallowen themed screen savers that will be a pleasure to look at not just for you, but for your kids too. Check out their website here, http://www.freehalloweenscreensavers.com/

Look for scary cats, the grim reaper, or pumpkins to light up your computer sceen? We have found the perfect screen saver site for you then. Check out the Halloween screen savers they have and find the perfect one for you. http://www.holiday-screensavers.com/halloween.htm

http://www.appleblossomart.com/halloscreens.htm has more than 300 Halloween themed saves for your to choose from. Fun costumed critters, fairy tale pumpkins, creepy graveyard scenes, and even fall festive screen savers. Everyone will be able to find a fun decortive screen saver here.

Hauntworld.com Haunted Screensavers and Active Desktops
http://www.hauntworld.com/halloween_screensavers_haunted_house.cfm

Halloween screen savers and more.
http://www.benjerry.com/fun_stuff/desktop_stuff/index.cfm

Halloween Fonts
http://www.halloweenfonts.com/

Halloween Screen Savers
http://urbanlegends.about.com/l

Halloween Screensavers for Kids
http://www.halloweenkids.com/

Halloween Screenavers
http://www.greetingsnecards.com/events/halloween/

Halloween Fun/Games/Photos

Looking to get those kids moving and having fun at your Halloween Party? Or just want to entertain your child and get them excited about Halloween below is a list of some cool sites we have found that have Halloween themed games, online games and much more entertainment ideas that you could use at this years Halloween Party. Check them out.

http://familyfitness.about.com/od/seasonalsportsandfun/tp/halloween_games.htm has a lot of great game ideas to help your little Halloween Goblins burn off some of the calories they intake from eating all the yummy recipes from above. Check out the variety of game ideas that they have on their website.

Hosting a Halloween Party? You have to check out the fun and cool game ideas that http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/halloweengames/a/halloweengames.htm has. These are great ideas for school parties or even parties that you host at home with all the little zombies and ghosts.

http://holidays.kaboose.com/halloween/halloween-games.html has lots of online games that you little monsters can play while you set things up for your halloween party. Check out their website to see more information and get your kids playing.


http://www.hauntworld.com/horror_games_halloween.cfm

Halloween Idea’s
http://www.101halloweenideas.com/

Carve your own pumpkin on line.
http://www.benjerry.com/

Halloween online games.
http://www.benjerry.com/

Fun Halloween Stuff
http://www.halloweenkids.com/

Really Cool Halloween Games On Line
http://www.onemorelevel.com/halloween/

Yard Haunting
http://www.yardhaunter.com/

Halloween Photography
http://www.halloweenphotography.com/

Halloween Party Planning
http://urbanlegends.about.com/

Carve a Pumpkin (Really Cool)
http://www.onemorelevel.com/halloween/pumpkincarving.html

Tons of Idea’s for Halloween Kids Stuff
http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/halloween/

More Halloween Games
http://www.funmunch.com/

Halloween 4 Kids

Halloween online coloring books.
http://www.benjerry.com/

Halloween Safety Information
http://www.halloween-safety.com/

Halloween Greeting Cards
http://www.halloweencardshop.com/

Halloween 4 Kids
http://www.halloweenkids.com/

 

Welcome to the Hauntworld.com FREE pumpkin patterns page.  All pumpkin designs are FREE to download and use on your next pumpkin patch carving project.  We will also add more as the season goes on so please check back often.  Listed under the pumpkin designs are our pumpkin carving tips. Also linked to this page are Trick or Treating Safety Tips.  We will be adding several more pumpkin carving tips and free pumpkin carving designs for Halloween 2009.  Have a safe and happy Halloween and get ready to carve those pumpkins!
 
 
Pumpkin Carving Tips
 
Tip OnePick a nice round pumpkin or a pumpkin with a flat side on the front.  Do not start with a pumpkin that has odd shapes or is already showing signs of rotting.
 
Tip TwoGet rid of the pumpkin stem by cutting a wide circle around it.  Now clean the pumpkins guts out.  It is best to do most of this work with your hands then take an ice scream scooper to remove anything stuck to the sides. 
 
Tip ThreeNow take your Hauntworld design and tape it right to the pumpkin.  Make sure the surface is dry and clean.  Now you want to trace the design into the pumpkin with a pumpkin poker.  Simply poke the pattern into the pumpkin by poking holes through the paper.  When you remove the paper you will see the design poked into the pumpkin however make sure you keep your design handy for reference.
 
Tip FourUse your pumpkin saw to start the process of carving your pumpkin.  Take your time to make cuts and never use a knife to carve your pumpkin.  
 
Tip FiveLight your pumpkin.  Today Halloween stores sell all sorts of battery operated lights some that strobe and do other effects.  Depending on what type of design you use will determine how much light and what type of light is required.  
 
Tip Six:  We suggest heading to your local art store, for those fine detail pumpkin carving projects.  Art stores will have all sorts of carving tools for artist who normally sculpt clay or foam.  These carving tools will come in handy to create the highly detailed pumpkin carvings.  
 
Tip SevenHAVE FUN!  Take time to get your kids involved, this is a family project and what makes Halloween so much fun for most Americans. 
 
 
For our latest Trick or Treat Safety Tips for Kids  CLICK HERE
 
To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hayrides visit www.HalloweenAttractions.com or to find haunted houses visit www.HauntWorld.com.  You can also subscribe to our haunted house magazine at www.HauntedHouseMagazine.com.  To find haunted houses nationwide go to the front page www.Hauntworld.com
 

 

 
     

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