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/pick-your-own to find pumpkin picking farm locations near you!
Trick or Treat
- - New Hampshire Trick or Treat by City, Time, Day - 2014 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.
Scarecrow Making Supplies
- - Long-sleeved shirt
- - 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
- - Safety pins
- - 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!
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