Frugal Activities for National Pumpkin Day


The fall is the perfect time of year to participate in fun outdoor activities with your kids before it gets too cold. However, trying to find something fun to do can be tricky if you are on a tight budget. October 26th is National Pumpkin Day, so we came up with a list of frugal pumpkin-themed activities for you and your children that the whole family will love.

  • Visit a Pumpkin Patch: Instead of buying pumpkins at your local market, visit a pumpkin patch instead. Not only will you be able to buy pumpkins at a lower cost, but picking out your own pumpkins is a fun activity in itself. Check out this list of pumpkin patches by state to find one near you.
  • Pumpkin Seed Mosaics: Many people set aside pumpkin seeds for a nice fall snack, but pumpkin seeds can also be used for arts and crafts. Dye and glue your pumpkin seeds for colorful three-dimensional mosaics. To find out how to do this fun activity, check out these ideas.
  • Counting Games: You can create an engaging and educational counting game with just pumpkin seeds and construction paper. Create number-labeled cards, flip them over, and have your child pick one out. Next, have him or her take out the amount of pumpkin seeds to match the number on the card. This is a great way to practice counting without spending money on extra books and flashcards.
  • Pumpkin Bowling: Save some money at the bowling alley by bowling in your own backyard with pumpkins. All you needs is several small pumpkins and a bouncy ball. Take a look at all the instructions for pumpkin bowling for more details.
  • Play-Doh Faces: Instead of spending money on a bunch of different pumpkins to carve, reuse your pumpkins and make faces using play-doh. You can make eyes, noses, and different mouth shapes with the pay dough and stick them onto the pumpkin. The best part is that it can be done over and over again.

If you would like to give some of these activities a try, check out these deals to help you save even more money: