Pumpkins, Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes & Hayrides
Welcome to the NH.com Fall Fun Page! Everyone loves fall in New Hampshire! The air is crisp and the trees are a beautiful array of gold, brown and crimson! There are many fun things to do in the fall in New Hampshire including pumpkin picking, haunted houses, corn mazes and hayrides, among a seasonal assortment of flavors!
- Click on a image for more information on Haunted House locations.
- Click on a image for more information on Corn Maze locations.
- Click on a image for more information on Hayride locations.
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Pumpkin Picking Tips:
1. First tip is to decide what you want a pumpkin for? Decoration or eating?
2. For decorative pumpkins, choose any, which are most visually appealing to you!
3. For eating pumpkins, choose a gourd free from cuts, soft spots and bruises. The flesh should be firm. Select a pumpkin with a stem.
4. Any pumpkin has seeds good for frying!
Check out www.nh.com/pickyourown to find pumpkin picking farm locations near you!
New Hampshire Trick or Treat by City, Time, Day - 2013 List!
Happy Haunting & Be Safe!
Trick or treating tips
- If you're trick-or-treating at night, be sure to bring along a flashlight with new batteries.
- Never trick-or-treat alone.
- If your costume is black or mainly dark colors, reflector strips aren't a bad idea at night.
- Don't eat unwrapped candy or other foods.
- When available, stay on the sidewalks.
- Avoid tripping: make sure costume’s aren’t too long and wear comfortable shoes or sneakers.
- Unless you know the residents do not go into a house to retrieve candy or other treats.
- Go to the bathroom before you leave to trick-or-treat.
- Stay on roads and driveways; do not walk on the grass or dirt at someone's home.
- Only visit houses with lights on. Assume if the lights are off no one is home.
- Bring a spare bag or pillowcase in case your candy container rips or breaks.
- Lift your mask between houses for clearer visibility and better breathing.
- Obey your town's trick-or-treat curfew times. Don't arrive too early or too late.
- Make sure you have a cell phone or money in case of an emergency.
- If weather is inclement or cool, bring a jacket or umbrella.
- Be familiar with your trick-or-treat route and plan ahead.
Canned Pumpkin Pie
1 Unbaked Pastry Shell
15 Ounces Can of Pumpkin
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Cloves
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Ginger
1 Cup Evaporated Milk
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Combine eggs, sugar, salt and spices and beat well.
3. Blend in pumpkin. Add milk and beat well.
4. Bake in hot oven for 10 min.
5. Reduce heat and bake for 40 - 45 min.
6. Pie is done when knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Fresh Pumpkin Pie
When selecting a pumpkin for baking, be sure to select a Pie Pumpkin, rather than a carving pumpkin. These are usually smaller. Find one with the stem attached, a nice dark color and no bruising. The pumpkin should feel heavy for it’s size.
3 lb. Pie Pumpkin
9-in. unbaked pie crust
1.5 c. heavy cream
½ c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. flour
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ginger
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. clove
½ c. light corn syrup
1 ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Prepare fresh pumpkin puree.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Wash pumpkin well with cold water. Remove stem and halve lengthwise.
3. Scrape insides like you would a jack-o-lantern and set innards aside (or save for roasted seeds!
4. Coat or spray pumpkin inside and edges with vegetable oil. Place inside-down in a roasting pan. Add 1 cup water to the pan. Bake for 60-90 minutes or until very tender (check with a fork through the skin like you would a potato).
5. Remove from oven and cool, then scrape out the meat and discard the rind.
6. Mash or hand-blend the pumpkin in a bowl until smooth.
7. Drain smooth puree for at least 2 hours in a sieve lined with coffee filters.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Stir flour and brown sugar in small bowl.
3. Blend heavy cream and 1 1/2 c. fresh pumpkin puree in a medium bowl and slowly add flour/brown sugar mixture.
4. Add salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg clove and corn syrup.
5. Beat eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl then add to pumpkin mixture. Mix well.
6. Pour into pie crust.
7. Bake for 50-60 minutes.
8. Check regularly for over-browning on the crust. If so, place tinfoil over the pie. Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking time so crust will finish browning.
9. Poke a fork or knife into the pie center to check. If it comes out clean, grab some whipped cream and enjoy!
Oven-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Looking for something to do with those jack-o-lantern or pie pumpkin seeds? Why not roast them!
Pumpkin seeds cleaned from pumpkin strings
1 Tbsp vegetable oil & 1 tsp. salt per cup of seeds
Other seasonings to taste (Chili powder? Cinnamon? Pepper? Add your favorites!)
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2. Coat seeds with oil in a dish and stir to evenly distribute.
3. Spread seeds in a thin coat onto a cookie sheet.
4. Sprinkle salt and seasonings over seeds.
5. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until well browned, stirring or shaking occasionally to cook evenly and prevent burning.
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree (canned)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt in a medium bowl.
2. In a large bowl, mix the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar until smooth. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add in dry ingredients. Put on cookie sheet by tablespoon, slightly flatten.
3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
4. Add frosting if you'd like otherwise great as-is.
3 cups sugar
3 ¼ cup flour
1 can pumpkin (2 cups)
1 cup canola oil
2/3 cup water
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1. Mix dry ingredients.
2. Add the rest and mix in large mixing bowl.
3. Pour into 2 loaf pans.
4. Bake at 375 for 50-60 min.
1 1/4 stick butter
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 cups peeled apples, cut into cubes
1 cup raisins
1 cup pecans or walnuts
1 ½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. Add vanilla and eggs.
3. Stir dry ingredients together and add to butter mixture.
4. Mix in apples, raisins, nuts.
5. Spoon into large, rectangular, greased and floured cake pan.
6. Bake 350 for 25-35 min.
Click on an image below for a large, printable version for coloring!
Scarecrow Making Supplies:
-Pair of pants/jeans/overalls
-Pair of socks or boots
-Pair of fabric gloves
-Hat or wig
-Pillowcase or Pumpkin for the head
-Leaves/straw/or other stuffing
-Lots of twine
-Wire or wire coat hangers
-Stakes or chair
Assembling Your Scarecrow:
1. Decide how you would like your scarecrow positioned. Do you want a traditional arms out on stakes scarecrow, or one sitting on a porch swing or lawn chair reading a book?
2. Knot or tie off the shirt sleeves and pant legs.
3. Stuff the shirt and pants with your choice of filling.
*Keep your scarecrow’s position in mind. Standing (on stakes) or sitting could make a difference. Leaves can get heavier if they get too wet from rain.
4. Decide what kind of head you’d like to give your pumpkin. A stuffed pillowcase with a drawn-on face is probably your easiest option, though you may want to go for the scary, pumpkin head approach.
*If you choose a pumpkin for your scarecrow head, do yourself a favor and core it out first to lighten the load.
*A sitting position for your scarecrow may offer additional pumpkin head support on the back of a chair.
*A pumpkin/jack-o-lantern candy bucket might be a good alternative, just make sure you poke good-sized rain holes in the bottom and additional holes to wire-fasten the head to the shirt.
5. Pin your pillow head to the inside of the shirt, or wire your pumpkin head to a stake support or other support.
6. Slide the upper body into the pants and pin the shirt and pants together.
*Use some twine as a makeshift belt to keep a better hold on the two halves.
7. Stuff some cloves and pin/tie onto shirtsleeves.
8. -Stuff socks and pin/tie into pant legs.
*Additionally, you could slip some old boots over the socks. Lace them really tight and maybe even try to pin them to the pant legs.
9. Tie your scarecrow to your stakes or sit him in whatever position you like.
10. Add a hat or wig (or both!) to bring him to life.
*Pin your wig or hat down so it doesn’t blow away!
*Give your scarecrow some other props: a fake bird perched on his shoulder, a pitchfork, a rake... have some fun!
You are now ready to scare some crows!
Preview Halloween events from the NH.com events calendar. From spooky-parties to ghoulish-dances and everything in between, we have all of the events that are sure to make you scream this Halloween season!
ScareCrows of the Port
|Scarecrows of the Port|
|Oct 9, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014|
Portsmouth celebrates the harvest season with a unique display of scarecrows throughout the city. Enjoy the display and Halloween atmosphere with family and friends. A “festive contribution to the City's landscape,” Mayor Tom Ferrini.
|The Haunting at Backwoods Haunted Hayrides|
|Oct 10, 2014 - Nov 1, 2014||7:00 PM 10:00 PM|
The Haunting @ Backwoods-------Halloween Hay Rides
|Ghosts on the Banke|
|Oct 24, 2014 - Sep 25, 2014||6:00 PM 8:00 PM|
Come and meet the Ghosts on the Banke at Strawbery Banke's famous Halloween celebration. Experience Jack-o-Lantern-Lit Lanes, Trick or Treat at the museum’s historic houses, watch spooky Halloween movie outdoors, eat at Old Witch’s house and enjoy the bonfire.