26 Pumpkin-Related Things You Can Buy From Target To Get Into The Spooky Spirit
If you're the type of person who walk out of Target after purchasing a single item, I applaud your self-control. Meanwhile, you can find me wandering the shelves for hours, hauling around a basket creaking under its own weight. In the weeks before Halloween, that basket is usually full of pumpkin-related things you can buy at Target — of which there are many. Possibly too many for my wallet, but what can I say? Everyone has their weaknesses. Achilles had his heel; I have my mid-priced seasonal decorations. At least mine leads to a cute apartment rather than death and destruction.
Despite popular belief, pumpkins haven't always been part of Halloween. The original jack-o-lanterns were carved from turnips and potatoes, which were common in Ireland, where the tradition began. As Irish people immigrated to the United States, they brought the custom along with them. Over time, pumpkins, which are indigenous to North America, replaced other vegetables in the carving process, and voila! The pumpkin jack-o-lantern was born.
These days, pumpkins are basically a visual representation of Halloween, so for the duration of September and October, the orange squash is everywhere you look. Why not join in the festivities? Here are 26 pumpkin-related ways to get into the Halloween spirit at Target this fall.
1Jack-O-Lantern Dog Toy
If you're a big Halloween lover, your dog probably is, too. This toy will make them howl (with happiness).
2Pumpkin Spice Coffee
Brace yourself: Pumpkin spice season is here. Take it down a notch from the pumpkin spice lattes by using flavored coffee instead.
3Star Wars Light-Up Lantern
Too lazy to do any carving yourself? You can buy a pre-carved, Star Wars-themed pumpkin that lights up on its own.
4"Pirates of the Caribbean" Pumpkin
If Star Wars isn't your thing, you can also get a light-up pumpkin with a quote from Pirates of the Caribbean.
5Pumpkin Spice Candle
Make your home smell like the inside of a pumpkin spice latte with this candle.
Honestly, this rug is so cute I would consider leaving it on the floor year-round.
True Halloween lovers keep their cheese on a pumpkin-themed plate. Well, you don't have to, but it's a nice touch.
For when you're popping bottles at a Halloween party.
If this came in an adult size, you had better believe I would wear it.
It's the little things that make a truly spooky household.
11Swinging Yard Decoration
Send chills down your neighbors' spines every time they walk by with this giant pumpkin decoration.
These napkins are so festive you'll want to hang one on your wall.
Confuse your real cat with this fake-kitty pumpkin decoration.
Got kids at home? They'll be entertained for hours by peeling off and readjusting window clings.
There is literally no reason not to load up your doorstep with tiny, glittery pumpkins.
If you're looking for Halloween picture books, Target has got you covered. Waiting for the Great Pumpkin is just one of dozens of other pumpkin-related literature.
17Light Up Baton
You could base an entire Halloween costume on this. Spooky majorette, perhaps?
Stick these lights inside a pumpkin-shaped container, and you have a super meta Halloween decoration.
With these candle holders, you won't even need to carve a jack-o-lantern this year.
20Foam Pumpkin Decorations
The best part about these decorations? Foam is so squeezable that they can totally double as stress relievers.
You'll obviously need something to haul your candy around. It might as well be adorable.
22Fake Pumpkin Decor
Fake pumpkins can last far longer than the real deal.
Where else are you going to jot down your costume ideas?
If ever there was an occasion for a table runner, it's Halloween.
25Spooky Pumpkin Garland
OK, maybe it's not the scariest garland out there. But isn't it cute?