Ah, September. Though some may be sad about the month that ushers in the end of summer, some are thrilled to move into the season of autumn.

As cooler, shorter days become the norm, home décor begins to shift to reds, yellows and oranges.

Speaking of orange, farm stands are bursting with pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors. But which ones should you pick? That all depends on what you’re looking to use the pumpkins for.

Pumpkins for Carving


Gladiators are a classic-looking pumpkin variety that is great for carving.

If you’re looking for that classic orange pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern, pumpkin grower Kevin Heagy suggests the gladiator variety. 

Gladiators are a medium to large pumpkin, that are the classic shape and color people come to expect when looking for a pumpkin to carve. They also have long handles, which can help in the carving process.

Pumpkins for Painting


Small white pumpkins, which are good for painting, are a best seller at Heagy’s Pumpkins and Produce.

Though orange is the color that most often comes to mind when thinking about pumpkins, Heagy said that small, white pumpkins are some of his best sellers at Heagy’s Pumpkins and Produce.

White pumpkins make the perfect canvas to paint, and the smaller size works well for both kids and adults.

Pumpkins for Stacking


Flatter, stackable pumpkin varieties are popular for home décor.

Stacking flat pumpkins has become a popular trend in fall decorations. Heagy said customers will often spend close to an hour picking out the perfect pumpkins to stack on their porches.

And with a large variety of colors and sizes of flat pumpkins, it’s easy to see why it takes so long to decide.

Heagy also has some pre-stacked pumpkins that people can purchase instead of creating their own stacks.

Pumpkins for Baking


Neck pumpkins are good for baking.

If you’re looking for a pumpkin to make a tasty autumn treat, neck pumpkins — which are technically a squash — are the way to go.

Neck pumpkins can be used for pumpkin pies, pumpkin breads, pumpkin rolls and more.

Heagy’s mom, Eileen, uses neck pumpkins to bake pumpkin treats to sell at the farm stand.

Heagy’s Pumpkins and Produce sells about 40 different varieties of pumpkins at the farm just north of Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

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