For best advice for your area, we'd recommend talking to your county's Cooperative Extension (http://www.almanac.com/content/cooperative-extension-services) or a garden nursery. To check planting times for your area, see:
In general, for Tennesse, you can plant Halloween pumpkins in mid-June through early July. The exact timing will depend on the variety of pumpkin that you choose: check the days to maturity and time the planting so that they mature a week or two before Halloween. There are many varieties from which to choose, from minis to giants, to carving pumpkins to pie pumpkins. For jack-o-lanterns, you might consider something like 'Camaro', 'First Harvest', 'Gold Medal', or 'Early King'.
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