Pumpkin Decorating Tips and Fall Festival Fun Facts

The 1st Annual Thunder Mountain Fall Festival at our scenic family attraction at the Lake of the Ozarks has been a big hit so far, and there are still plenty of great days left in October to enjoy it! Right now at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park we have over 1,000 pumpkins on site, all looking for a good home. Today we've got a few creative decorating ideas so you can turn the pumpkins you pick into something extra-special. 

Carve It
The most popular thing to do with any pumpkin this time of year is to carve it into a jack-o-lantern. Using simple shapes to carve eyes, a nose, and a mouth are a classic, but if you want to get a little fancier than that, here are a couple of places to find some free pumpkin carving templates.

Paint It
Skip the knives and scooping altogether and pull out your paintbrushes instead. You can paint a character or your favorite Halloween scene right on the pumpkin shell instead of carving it out. Another option is to paint the entire thing a solid color, and then maybe even add some stripes or polka dots. If you visit the Thunder Mountain Fall Festival on Saturday or Sunday, you can get some great inspiration from our Pumpkin Painting Artist from 1-4 pm.   

Bedazzle It
Heat up your hot glue gun and simply attach some cool stuff to your pumpkin. Just about anything can be used: buttons, jewels, bows, ribbons... You could even use tacks to make a cool design by sticking them into the shell. 

Stack It
Pick up a few pumpkins in various sizes, then stack them from largest to smallest. A long wooden dowel, which you can find at any home improvement store or craft store, placed down the middle should keep them from toppling over. This tower of pumpkins would look great on any front porch.

Message It
Use permanent markers or paint pens to write messages on your pumpkins. It can be a welcome sign, holiday greeting, or maybe something funny or spooky to give anyone that reads it a little giggle. 

*Fall Festival Fun Facts*
If you haven't made it to Bridal Cave yet this month, you probably don't realize just how much we've changed things around here for the best fall festival at the Lake of the Ozarks. You're in for quite a treat when you do stop by! We've got a few statistics here that are sure to intrigue you and make you want to visit us right now! 

  • There are more than 1,000 pumpkins in the park, which is enough to make over 750 pumpkin pies.
  • The corn crib holds over two and a half tons of corn kernels. If you're counting, that's over 8 million corn kernels... give or take. 
  • The over 5,000 corn stalks in the park are enough to cover almost a half acre in the field. 
  • Over 1,200 bales of straw were used to decorate the park. If we put them end to end, they would be almost 3/4 of a mile long. 
  • The park is covered in over 40,000 blooms from multi-colored mums. Not only is that a beautiful site to see, but it smells amazing here!
  • Over 1 million leaves were used to decorate. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration... we stopped counting at 750,000. (LOL!)
  • The amount of Family Fun... As It Should Be? INFINITE!!!!!!

The Thunder Mountain Fall Festival is open 7 days a week, rain or shine, during our regular business hours and tons of fun activities are included with your Bridal Cave tour admission. You can also pick up some wonderful fall decorations for your home, at inexpensive prices, that were produced by local mid-Missouri farmers. We also have entertainment and demonstrations on Saturdays and Sundays with live bluegrass music from noon - 3 pm, sarsaparilla making from 9 am - noon, and our pumpkin painting artist is here from 1-4 pm. 

All of that excitement is in addition to the natural wonders that await you all year long at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park. An excellent place to experience Family Fun... As It Should Be! 

One of America's most scenic 
cave tours.

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Camdenton, MO 65020

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