One of the world’s oldest domesticated plants, the pleasingly plump pumpkin’s bold color telegraphs cozy fall weather and a Happy Halloween! Here are 10 local ways to enjoy this scrumptiously versatile squash, from spa treatments to beers to pasta, there's a pumpkin-infused treat for every craving.

1. Cake & Corolla’s Pumpkin Oatmeal Cream Pies

With a twist on the sweet and chewy sandwich cookie, Cake & Corolla, an Easton bakery impresses as always. Many other quality takes on pumpkin-flavored bakery bliss await, from cheesecake to the classic roll. For a fall treat that’s fully worth the calories, look no further.


2. Giacomo’s Pasta at Nonna Sulina’s

Lovers of from-scratch Italian cooking are big fans of the authentic Sicilian cuisine served at Nonna Sulina’s Kitchen & Grill in Bethlehem. One of the most raved-about dishes includes a special ingredient: maple pumpkin butter combines with roasted garlic and dolce gorgonzola cream for a divinely rich plate of pasta.

3. Pumpkin Ales & Pumpkin Beers

Lehigh Valley breweries bring the warm spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and clove together with malt in beer, making pumpkin brews an unmissable cold-weather beverage. Peruse our list of pumpkin ales and brews, it could be just the drink for your next bonfire!


4. The Dining Dog’s Pumpkin Spice "Woofles"

Naturally, our furry friends are fiending for a bite of our pumpkin pie, but all that sugar is no bueno. Get your pooch a pie of her own at Allentown’s The Dining Dog and Friends, where a healthy and delicious whole-food menu awaits. This little personal cream-topped waffle is a safe and super cute alternative to bring your dog in on the holiday feast.

5. Three Men & A Bagel’s Pumpkin-Raisin

The bagel is a breakfast standard that can be hard to perfect, but Three Men & A Bagel meet big city standards, turning out a chewy, fresh foundation for a variety of spreads or satisfying sandwiches. The seasonal pumpkin-raisin is warm with fall flavor. Pair it with walnut raisin cream cheese for extra oomph.

6. County Seat Spirit's Maple Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martinis

A cozy Sunday done right with a perfect cocktail to sip at the Silk Mill. So many warm and inviting flavors are mixed into one pour at County Seat Spirits in Easton. Order this drink at their bar or at The Raven for brunch.

7. 1001 Thai’s Pumpkin Curry

Easton’s 1001 Thai offers a great vibe and a full menu of tried-and-true Thai favorites, eager to accommodate a vegan diet. One vegetable that goes great with spicy-sweet curry is, of course, pumpkin, prepared with red peppers and Thai basil in a coconut red curry sauce, or among potatoes and pineapple in the Massaman curry.

8. The Cup’s Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

This seasonal offering (along with Caramel Apple for the autumn months) has all the smooth and creamy luxuriance of The Bethlehem Dairy Store’s ice cream, flavored with real pumpkin and spices. If that’s not rich enough for you, their Pumpkin Cheesecake ice cream combines two decadent desserts in one!

9. Youell's Oyster House's Pumpkin Cheesecake

This delightful homemade fall dish is sure to please! Enjoy a thick and delicious pumpkin cheesecake, caramel drizzle, and a dollop of whipped cream for dessert at Youell's Oyster House. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for extra sweetness!

10. The Joint's Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s impossible to round up beloved pumpkin products without including the much-maligned but indomitable PSL. Get it hot at The Joint in Bethlehem (or at their Lehigh Valley Mall location) for the finest incarnation of the drink, made with real pumpkin and flavorful spice.

And if you are still craving something pumpkin, check out the photo gallery below for some pumpkin inspiration and plan your visit, complete with fall views, pumpkin lattes, and hotel offerings.

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