When my children were young Halloween was a favourite festivity in my house. For me it still is. I love Halloween Haunts, spooky nights, the costumes, the treats, and of course a visit to the pumpkin patch in search of that ONE special pumpkin. Once home its time to carve it into a Jack-o’-Lantern.
To start, make sure to pick a pumpkin without any nicks or soft spots so it will last longer. Reality check – pick the pumpkin with the least nicks or soft spots.
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To clean the inside cut a wide circle around the stem. Make sure its big enough to put your hand in. Now the fun part begins…pulling out the gooey insides. A tip, use an ice-cream scoop to scrape away remaining seeds and strings. The Pumpkin Lady
To outline your design you can either use a carving pattern or simply draw it on the pumpkin with a black marker. If using a pattern make sure the surface is dry so the tape will stick.The Pumpkin Lady
Begin poking small holes following the lines of the pattern or your own outline. To do so, use a pumpkin poking tool or a nail. Now its time to carve your pumpkin. If children are involved make sure an adult is present.The Pumpkin Lady
Once finished place a candle on the inside to make it glow, glow, glow. Battery lights are also great for lighting a pumpkin if you want to be safer.The Pumpkin Lady
What about those seeds and gooey strings you pulled out… why not use them as part of your decoration.
Here are other creative and fun carving ideas for your family.Home Invasion
Why stop at one pumpkin. The more the merrier.Masked and Hatted
Your kids will be tickled pink with these next carving ideas.Peek-A-Boo
And for the child in you…how about these unique designs for inspiration. Have a drill handy. Pumpkin Lanterns
HAPPY HALLOWEEN to you and your family. Make sure its a safe and happy one.