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It’s National Pumpkin Day? October 26, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Life Balance, Nature.

National Pumpkin Day falls on October 26th . . . which seems about a month early to me.

Why not have it coincide with Thanksgiving?

Gobble.  Gobble.

I mean what other day of the year involves the consumption of a gazillion slices of Pumpkin Pie?

And that’s AFTER people push away from the groaning board feeling as rotund as pumpkins.

Well, as has happened before, no one consulted me . . . so it is what it is.

TODAY is National Pumpkin Day.

Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to . . .

Oh, wait!

I know what happened . . .

Linus with all his talk about The Great Pumpkin got the holiday booted from November to October to coincide with All Hallows Eve.

We can live with that, right?


Aah . . . that’s better!






1. Erica/Erika - October 26, 2020

Hi Nancy, Thank goodness I received your post about Pumpkin Day today. I wondered why pumpkins were cropping up on all the news sites. Ha, ha “as rotund as a pumpkin.” I am on the hunt for pumpkin pie today. Thank you for my morning smile.😊

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

I saw a recipe yesterday for a pumpkin pie with crushed gingersnaps for the crust ~> YUM!

Good luck with the hunt!

2. mybeautfulthings - October 26, 2020

Yes, we can go with that. I have loved being in your part of the world for Hallowe’en as we have once in Boston with friends, once in L.A. and once in Atlanta with family. We just love how everyone gets on board with crazy garden displays of spiders’ webs and skeletons, gravestones and, of course, pumpkins! It’s much calmer here and much less fun! 🙂

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

Glad you got a chance to celebrate here in the states, Sally.

Hallowe’en has long been a favorite of mine ~ seeing all the wee ones in their holiday finery is such a blast. Especially the youngest who look a bit dazed and confused by the celebration.

Avoiding tricks by handing out treats is a small price to pay!

3. Kate Crimmins - October 26, 2020

Bring on the pie!

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

Publix has a whole slew of pumpkin treats available for celebrants ~ from pumpkin pie ice cream to pumpkin rolls to pumpkin cake bites to PIE!

4. Ally Bean - October 26, 2020

I agree. October seems too early to celebrate Pumpkin Day. Clearly the people who are in charge of designating holidays are confused.

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

Maybe the grins of jack o’lanterns caught them off guard?

5. JOriginal Muse - October 26, 2020

I say… I concur with and LOVE your unique spin on things, Nancy…! Glad to see your posts again…!

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

Thanks, JO! After posting this post, I realized how many Halloween shots on SLTW feature pumpkins.

Case in point:

6. Rivergirl - October 26, 2020

Other than as porch decorations, I’m not a big fan of pumpkin.

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

I tend toward Pecan Pie when given the choice. But Jack O’Lanterns make great porch decor:

Rivergirl - October 26, 2020

My go to Thanksgiving dessert is Cappuccino Mousse Trifle. I bring it everywhere I go. And then I eat their apple cranberry pie …

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

Two great choices that beat pumpkin pie . . . forks down!

7. Jill Weatherholt - October 26, 2020

I’m not a big pie eater, but I do enjoy pumpkin scented candles. 🙂 By the way, Friday is National Candy Corn Day, so stock up!

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

Candy Corn + Halloween = Perfect Together . . . as long as you have your dentist on speed dial! 😛

I’m with you on pies, Jill. I sometimes enjoy the filling, but can usually skip the crust (by handing it over to BFF).

8. anotherday2paradise - October 26, 2020

I only like roasted pumpkin. Not a big fan of pie crusts either. I’ve never carved a pumpkin, but my grandchildren did great ones last year, with dad’s help of course. 😅

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

We had some delicious pumpkin ravioli earlier this month ~ I bet they used roasted pumpkin to make the filling. YUM!

I feel like I would be a better pumpkin carver now than when I was a kid. I had no patience back then. So instead of measuring twice and cutting once, I’d slice off an integral part of the shell’s design in my haste. OOPS! But I love seeing scary (or funny) jack o’lanterns.

anotherday2paradise - October 26, 2020

Yes, I’ve had pumpkin ravioli. It was delicious. 😝

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

I talked to a friend in Canada today ~ turns out it’s also National Pumpkin Day up there. I guess it’s now an international holiday.

9. L. Marie - October 26, 2020

I didn’t know there was such a thing! I have a pumpkin on my balcony. I will have to greet it properly before the day is over.

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

Yes! Treat the pumpkin right by greeting it properly, LM.

10. Val Boyko - October 26, 2020

I had no idea. So glad it is coming to closure. I admire their looks, but am not a fan of texture and lack of taste. Probably because I didn’t grow up with them or the tradition of Thanksgiving. Pecan pie on the other hand ….. is darn good any time of year!

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

Agreed! I do like some things pumpkin ~ like pumpkin bread with raisins and walnuts. It’s like carrot cake, but different. 😉

11. Rainee - October 26, 2020

I love pumpkin pie 💕😀

nrhatch - October 26, 2020

You’re in good company, Rainee. We’ve got some true pumpkin pie aficionados in the audience today.

12. Behind the Story - October 27, 2020

Pumpkins are a great symbol for this time of year. I love the color and the shape. And carving a jack-o-lantern was always such fun.

I like pumpkin pie, but usually I don’t crave it. This year I’m really looking forward to a slice of pumpkin pie.

One year I planted some pumpkins. I made a lot of pumpkin bread that year.

nrhatch - October 27, 2020

I’m a big fan of pumpkin bread (with raisins) ~ we got a loaf from Fresh Market a week or so ago. It’s gone. 😀

13. Debra - October 27, 2020

I made pumpkin soup this week and had no idea about National Pumpkin Day! I love pumpkin “anything and everything!”

nrhatch - October 28, 2020

This is a great time of year for pumpkin lovers. Enjoy!

I’ve not had pumpkin soup . . . but I’ve made butternut squash soup a time or two. YUM!

14. roughwighting - October 29, 2020

I always have to bake and eat pumpkin pie sometime the week of Halloween and then of course all the weeks up to Thanksgiving! That is what I called my official pumpkin month! 😏 🎃

nrhatch - October 30, 2020

Enjoy every morsel and mouthful, Pam!

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