National Pumpkin Day

by Cyan Williams

When people think of autumn, they likely think about pumpkins alongside windy days and the smell of falling leaves. Pumpkins are used in a variety of Halloween events and dishes, making October the perfect month to celebrate them. In October, people use pumpkins for carving, smashing, and decorating. Pumpkins are even catapulted in competitions to see who can throw them farthest. On Halloween, pumpkins are used as decorations, indoors and outdoors, to show the holiday spirit.  

Many people take pumpkins for granted and likely don’t know much about them. For example, the word pumpkin comes from the Greek word “pepon” meaning “big melon.” As its name suggests, pumpkin is a fruit. What makes pumpkins unique when compared to other fruits is that they can be grown in every continent except Antarctica. If you’re still unsure whether pumpkins deserve a national holiday, it’s worth mentioning that the United States produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins annually. And if that still isn’t convincing, just remember…PUMPKIN SPICE!

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