There are several things one might immediately think of being associated with the month of October; leaves changing colors, autumn ‘crisp’ in the air, Halloween, trick or treating, costumes… and of course, pumpkin carving. It’s something I look forward to each and every year. In a way despite what the calendar year might say, it’s that pumpkin carving tradition that truly ushers in the Fall season for me and not only that, but the entire day itself stands out as one embracing the changing seasons. We gather as friends, cooking all together hot chili and soup dishes, ‘Hocus Pocus’ or some other iconic Halloween movie plays in the background while we each plan out what design to put on our pumpkins. The decision is not an easy one, but once an idea is struck we get under way, carving out each of our vegetables into masterpieces, or at least that’s how we expect the end result to be. Most do not end up as such, but we give it our all and in the meantime enjoy each others company and the soups that warm our souls.
In the Charleston area, there are several places where you can find a great pumpkin just waiting to be carved up including Boone Hall Plantation, Bethany United Methodist Church (off Maybank Hwy), Charleston Farmer’s market, Mt Pleasant Farmer’s Market, Daniel Island Farmer’s Market, and Legare Farms to name a few. And if you’re one of those people whose creativity doesn’t extend into incredible pumpkin designs here are some for inspiration.