RECIPE: The Haunted Pumpkin Patch
Published on: October 07, 2015
Jessica shares with us how to make a spooktacular centrepiece for your table or even outside your door during the Halloween festivities in just a few easy steps!
Words and photos by Dr. Jessica Vechbanyongratana
A few years ago my then-4-year-old son discovered Halloween thanks to obsessive viewings of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Having never been to the United States during Halloween, he was desperate to have a real Halloween experience, including costumes and trick-or-treating. We live in an almost exclusively Thai area with nary a pumpkin or Snickers bar in sight on the 31st of October.
Thus, to remedy my son’s American-holiday deprivation, we started hosting an annual Halloween party and trick-or-treating for friends and the neighborhood kids. We are gearing up for the fourth year of our new tradition.
We have several edible Halloween decorations, treats, and activities that have become a part of our tradition. I want to share one tradition that I especially enjoy creating with my kids that I call the “haunted pumpkin patch”. This is a simple, edible decoration or centerpiece that your kids can help put together using locally-grown pumpkin.
You will need
- 12 lollipops (Chupa Chups or similar)
- 12 rubber bands
- 12 tissues
- Felt-tip marker
- Medium to large whole Thai pumpkin (the “ugly” kind)
- Wood or metal skewer
Cover each lollipop with a tissue and secure with a rubber band to make the ghosts. Use the marker to draw a face on each ghost.
Use the skewer to poke 12 holes into the top of the pumpkin.
Arrange the lollipops in the holes. Now you have a haunted pumpkin patch!
Tips for using the pumpkin
After the kids have taken the lollipops home, the pumpkin can be used for a variety of dishes. This type of pumpkin is delicious and is commonly used to make Thai desserts and curries. The pumpkin also makes wonder puree that can be consumed as baby food or used to make pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, or pumpkin soup.
- To prepare pumpkin puree, cut the whole pumpkin into about 6 pieces and then remove the seeds and outer skin.
- Cut the pumpkin into approximately 2-inch chunks, boil for about 6-8 minutes, and then use a blender to process the cooked pumpkin into puree.
- If you are not ready to use the pumpkin right away, you can divide the puree into smaller portions and freeze.
About the Author
Dr. Jessica Vechbanyongratana is the mother of two active boys. She works as a lecturer in the Faculty of Economics at Chulalongkorn University. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and recreating American favorites using local ingredients.
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