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Sep 30, 2018 09:19PM ● By Rebecca Seidenspinner

Stuffed Pepper Jack-O’-Lanterns

A Spin on DIY

Fun With Halloween Festivities


  October is here and my porch is stacked with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. My favorite part of fall is the pumpkins.  I love to plant pumpkins in my garden, and some years I have been successful and other years I have failed miserably. This year, my friends Ava and Nathan Cooper had great success with their backyard pumpkin patch, and I wanted to share this spectacular accomplishment with you. I asked Ava and Nathan a few questions, and here are the details. The Cooper Pumpkin Patch and Garden was established at the end of May. The gardener in charge of this project was Mr. Cooper (Ava and Nathan’s Dad). The pumpkin seeds were purchased at Home Depot, and they even had a bunch of volunteer flowers that sprouted up in the middle of the pumpkin vines. I asked the kids what their favorite part of having a backyard pumpkin patch was and Nathan said, “I like watering the pumpkins everyday,” while Ava said it was checking on them as they grew and got bigger. Total pumpkin count for the Cooper Pumpkin Patch was ten, big, round orange pumpkins. They will carve the big pumpkins and use the rest for decorations. Decorating pumpkins is by far my favorite DIY project for the month of October.


     A few years ago, I was invited over to a friend’s house for a girls’ night out pumpkin party. Each guest arrived with a pumpkin to decorate and a spooky snack to share. The ghostess, I mean the hostess, provided all of the paints and different decorative crafts to bling out the pumpkins. Ghostly cocktails were also included.  It was spooktacular. This is a great way to get out of the house and spend time with friends while working on your DIY Halloween decorations.


     Halloween day is always SO crazy and hectic. We usually end up ordering pizza for dinner and then count down the minutes until it’s dark to go trick or treating. Last year, I made these frighteningly delicious stuffed pepper jack-o’-lanterns for dinner. They were quick and easy and the kids gobbled them up.  I even added a green bell pepper Frankenstein topped with black beans. Here is the recipe:


Stuffed Pepper Jack-O’-Lanterns:

6 orange bell peppers

2 cups cooked rice

1 lb. ground turkey, cooked with 1 taco seasoning packet

One small onion, chopped and sauteed with 3 cloves of garlic

One can of corn

Shredded cheese


Using a small knife, carve a jack-o’-lantern face in the orange bell peppers.

Mix all remaining ingredients together and stuff inside bell peppers.

Top with shredded cheese and bake in oven at 350 degrees until peppers are soft and cheese is melted. Makes six stuffed peppers.


Wishing you all a creepy Halloween that is filled with more treats than tricks. Happy Halloween!