October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to say there's a deluge of pink products would be an understatement. Whether you want a pink spatula, mixer, or dog collar, you can find it now, readily available for purchase. And, it turns out, even Breast Cancer Awareness pumpkins are a thing. Recently, survivors and their friends and family have been combining the decor of the season with a bold, fun craft that says to onlookers, "We see you, we are you, we got this." The movement to design pink pumpkins for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is less big corporation capitalist activism, and more grassroots good feelings.
Survivors and their families are heroes. Having watched friends and family battle the disease, I have learned that there is no one way to fight it, and everyone's journey looks different. Some people might find solidarity and solace in decorating pink pumpkins for Breast Cancer Awareness Month that sit alongside their kids' jack-o-lanterns, and other women might not want to broadcast their disease. It is important that there be space for both. Yes, if you can, give money to the best charities that are highly vetted that spend the money raised judiciously. Call your representatives and encourage them to allocate funds for cancer research. Spend quality time helping those in treatment and recovery. Do all of that, but if you also want to paint pink pumpkins and buy a pink pair of gloves, you can do that, too.
1.This Cute Soft Pumpkin
This pink pumpkin is small, soft, and sweet in baby pink with a petite rosette on top. I envision this as a part of a centerpiece, or sent out with invitations for a charity benefit. It could be nestled between flowers and candles, or set at each place setting. It's really lovely and also handmade, which is a big plus.
2. Light It Up
Stoneykins has multiple breast cancer awareness templates, but this one is my favorite. Each stencil is purchased by buying credits at the store — 25 credits for $5. The great thing is that you can also get a few templates for your kids' pumpkins, letting them carve everything from flowers to Darth Vader.
3. Large Light Pink Pumpkin
If you don't have 15 coupons for JoAnn's in your purse, you've obviously never stepped foot in their store even once. Buy a bunch of these, use your 20 percent off coups, and feel good about yourself.
4. Buy One At Some Farms
Isn't this great? Country Living reported a couple of years ago that some farmers were growing pink pumpkins, and they are stunning. Hats off to these farmers for growing these beauties. I'll take the lot.
5. Make It An Event
Are you a part of a school organization like the PTA or Rotary? Are you looking for fun ways your school or other organization can raise money for breast cancer research? Making pumpkins might be a fun, cheap new fundraiser. Having been at the helm of many a similar fundraiser, I will tell you that if you get the kids in on the art, parents will shell out way more money. Just be sure to provide paint shirts.
6. Pink Paper Pumpkins
I am originally from the Midwest. A party isn't a party until there is a honeycomb something, be it pumpkin or disco ball. This fits the bill quite nicely. If you want to make it extra, spray it with glitter spray or use glitter glue on the edges. It will really stand out.
Plus, it folds flat for storage for next year. Win.
7. Sparkle & Shine
I love how in your face this pumpkin is. Emblazoned upon its surface is the word "hope" in bold letters. That is one thing that is sometimes the hardest to find in a battle with illness, and seeing it so proudly displayed is pretty great.