Is it really fall if you haven’t carved a pumpkin yet? We have pumpkins just perfect for carving in stock now.
Pumpkin Carving Tips
Here are a few tips for you about carving a great pumpkin for your home or front porch. The first step to carving your jack-o’-lantern is cutting out the lid – the stem makes a convenient handle! You should cut the lid at an angle, rather than straight down, so that the lid won’t fall inside your pumpkin when you go to put it back.
Scooping out the insides can be messy, so keep a trash can on hand and make sure to lay down newspaper or paper towels before you get started, especially if you’re working inside.
When you get down to the business of carving your pumpkin’s face, definitely use a marker to draw the design on first – that way you have a guide for your carving, and you can make changes before you start.
For a pumpkin with that extra fall spirit, try dusting cinnamon inside the lid! If you use a candle to light your jack-o’-lantern, the cinnamon will heat up and your house or front porch will smell just like pumpkin pie.
We sell pumpkins in bulk, so if you’re hosting a carving party or just need a lot of cheerfully ghoulish, orange lanterns to display in your yard, your local commissary has got you covered!
Decorating with Military Pumpkins and Painted Pumpkins
Don’t have time to carve a jack-o’-lantern? Not interested in cleaning up all those gooey pumpkin seeds? We’re selling ready-painted pumpkins, so you can enjoy this season’s cozy décor without the pumpkin goo. We have lots of designs available – you can represent your branch of the military with it’s shield emblazoned on the side of a military pumpkin, or pick up some colorful, friendly monster designs to delight your kids.
Don't forget that fall classic – mini pumpkins! They’re so adorable that whenever you see them, you feel cheered. After all, they’re mini! They’re pure fun. Decorating with mini pumpkins is very easy. You can put them anywhere and in any configuration. Whether it’s a stack of mini pumpkins on your mantle, one solitary pumpkin cheering up your desk, or minis mixed in with a display of carved pumpkins on your porch, they make the perfect addition to your Fall-themed décor.
Seasonal Gourds for Fall
We also carry beautiful gourds! You can display them decoratively for the season - or turn them into useful household objects! Dried gourds can be made into many kinds of things. They’re as sturdy as plywood and can last for decades. With a little elbow grease, you can make the dried shell of a gourd into the perfect birdhouse or bowls for your kitchen. You’ll need to let the gourds cure, clean and hollow them out, and then drill holes for a birdhouse or saw off the top to make them into a bowl.
Hardy Mums to Decorate for the Season
Hardy Mums (Chrysanthemums) are ready for purchase now and are a popular plant for late fall color. These button or daisy blooming plants are porch-ready and are offered in a wide variety of vibrant fall colors. During the fall season hardy mums will need to be cared for with daily watering. If the leaves start wilting, water immediately and thoroughly. Avoid exposing them to high heat. These plants come in a wide variety of sizes from 8” to 14” and are reasonably priced. So look for these wonderful fall bloomers at your local commissary!
Hay bales and pallets of firewood are in stores this season. Stock up for the winter!
To find pumpkins, gourds, chrysanthemums, and our other offerings for the season, search through our list of commissary locations!