In the lead-up to Halloween October 31, it’s no surprise that October 26 has been designated Pumpkin Day. Pumpkins in a university student magazine? We got ’em.
Pepo’lantern? Writer Zoe Dalton describes the colourful history of Cucurbita pepo, aka the pumpkin. “[S]quashes and pumpkins are useful for far more than just food: masks, dishes, carrying containers, and musical instruments were once made from these versatile fruits. ” Nature Notes—From the Backyard to the Biosphere: Kudos to the Cucurbits, November 3, 2004.
Smashing Pumpkins. Writer E.L. Farris struggles to find a shred of positive meaning in a dark holiday. “A child threatens to commit a trick and in turn, the homeowner gives this child a treat. What the heck? How does this make sense? How does it help our children to become good citizens?” I’m Annoyed by Halloween, October 26, 2012.