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Carving vs Painting Pumpkins By: Megan Jewell

The fall season is a wonderful time to visit pumpkin patches and decorate pumpkins with friends.

I decided to survey Hardin-Simmons University students to find out how they most enjoy decorating pumpkins. Students were asked if they would rather carve a pumpkin or paint a pumpkin. The results were extremely close with carving pumpkins receiving 55 percent of votes and painting pumpkins receiving 45percent of votes.

“I would rather carve a pumpkin. I like painting, but it isn’t the same to me as carving a pumpkin,” Emma Owens, a freshman biology major from Austin, said. “I like to be able to see the glow at night whenever I’ve finally finished carving. It’s like a whole different creation in the dark. It’s also really nostalgic to carve a pumpkin.”

“I think I would rather paint a pumpkin because I could personally be more creative with it, and it is not as common as carving pumpkins,” Lydia Jackson, a freshman nursing major from Pleasanton, said.

Whether one chooses painting pumpkins or carving pumpkins, decorating pumpkins is a great way to spend quality time with friends while embracing the fall spirit and season.

In fact, Denton Valley Farms in Clyde is a fantastic place to pick out a pumpkin while enjoying fall activities and delicious homemade ice cream. It is only 30 minutes away from Hardin-Simmons, and they have over 160 acres of land. They are open Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Sunday, they are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This upcoming weekend is the last opportunity for fall adventures at Denton Valley Farms, and have fun personalizing pumpkins however you please - carving or painting.


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