Articles Written By: Kevin Fawley

Clever No-Carve Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

If the mess of carving a jack-o’-lantern doesn’t really appeal to you, but having some fall fun does, try one of these alternatives to your traditional Halloween decoration. 

  • Nail polish pumpkins. Don’t have a fully stocked craft cabinet? No problem! Nail polish pumpkins make use of beauty supplies you have stowed in the bathroom. Use your favorite shades to paint swirls on your pumpkin.
  • Studded pumpkins. You might need to make a trip to the craft store for this one, but it will be well worth it. Pick up a package of silver or gold studs and use a hot glue gun to arrange them in vertical stripes along the ridges of your pumpkin.
  • Succulent planter pumpkins. Want to add some greenery with your pumpkin project? Hollow out a few small pumpkins and replace the gooey innards with tiny succulents. They make for the perfect windowsill ornament or table centerpiece.
  • Paint-streaked pumpkins. If you have kids helping out, this is the perfect messy craft. After laying down some newspaper or a plastic tablecloth, place your pumpkins in the middle and arrange an array of different paints nearby. Then use small Dixie cups to slowly drizzle paint down and around the sides of the pumpkins.

75 Bootiful No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas to Add Fun to Your Halloween Decor [Good Housekeeping]
80 Best Pumpkin Decorations for an Easy, No-Carve Halloween Display [The Pioneer Woman]
Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids [Parents]

Pick the Perfect Pumpkin at Brooksby Farm in Peabody

Have yourself a day full of fall fun and festivities as Brooksby Farm in Peabody! This expansive apple orchard and farm land is the perfect place to visit this fall season. Pick your own fruits is a popular activity at Brooksby farm, as you can load up on apples, peaches, and pumpkins, while in season, and take them home to enjoy. 

You can also bring the kids and have them attend the special fairytale trail where they can dress up like a princess or prince and head down a trail full of mystery and wonder. Or if it’s animals that they love, they will certainly enjoy the petting zoo at Brooksby Farm filled with barnyard friends that love to have visitors! As if that’s not enough incentive to visit, you can also take a fun fall hayride around the farm, cozy up by the fire on weekends and roast a s’more or have your kids attend storytime, which is every Sunday in November.

Save Room for Dessert at Cloud & Spirits, Now Open Near The Batch Yard

While it sounds like it would be a liquor store, the newly opened Cloud & Spirits is actually a really epic Korean-American fusion restaurant and bar. And they do make a mean cocktail, hence the spirits in the name. 

For food, the menu is small but mighty. Start with a light mixed green salad made with baby leaf lettuce, shaved red onion, and pea tendrils, all dressed in a smoked soy and citrus vinaigrette. Then, if you’re a seafood lover, go for the shrimp toast with homemade milk bread or the butter rice ssam with wild sesame and king crab. For the land lovers in the group, try the American Wagyu ribeye with doenjang jjigae, which is a Korean stew. And for the vegetarians in the group, the spaghetti with kimchi butter is amazing topped with some freshly grated parmesan. For dessert, try the strawberry chili sorbet! And of course, don’t forget to sip a cocktail or two. A quick favorite is the Ghost in the Melon with ghost tequila, Campari, mezcal, lime juice, smoked chili bitters, and watermelon.