How to Carve a Pumpkin
By Nancy Cavanaugh

There is nothing more fun than carving a pumpkin at Halloween. You can be really creative and make an elaborate design, a silly design or go with something more traditional. The possibilities are nearly endless. You can make your own designs, use one of ours or buy a book with designs. The books typically come with a pumpkin carving kit.

What you need:
     Ice cream scoop
     Thin-bladed knife
     Wax crayon or awl
     2 Bowls

NOTE: Unless the kids are older, parents should do all the cutting with the knife.

1. Cover the work surface with newspaper.

2. Use the knife to cut out the top of the pumpkin around the stem. The hole needs to be big enough for you to put your hand and the ice cream scoop inside so you can scoop out the gooey insides. Cutting a round circle will work but typically a five- or six-pointed star shape will work the best. Cut with the knife at an angle towards the middle of the pumpkin.

3. Scoop out all the gooey mess inside the pumpkin. Put the mess in one bowl and have the kids pick the seeds out and put in a separate bowl, then set aside to bake them later.

4. Choose the side of the pumpkin that would be best suited to carving. You can use the wax crayon to draw an outline for the face. If you're using a pattern, hold the pattern in place, then use the awl to make small holes in the pumpkin so that you can follow them like a dot-to-dot to cut out the pattern. Use the knife to cut out the pieces following the crayon markings or the dots. Be sure to cut all the way through the shell.

5. When you're done, carefully push the pieces out to see your design.

6. Make sure the pumpkin will sit flat. Add a candle. You can use regular candles or get a flashlight-type light to put inside that runs on batteries. Put outside or in a window and light the candle when it gets dark.


Wait to carve your pumpkin until a few days before Halloween.

To make your pumpkin last longer you need to slow down the dehydration process and not allow mold to set in. If your pumpkin begins to shrivel up you can soak it in water overnight.

You can also coat all the cut surfaces with petroleum jelly, including the inside of the pumpkin. This will seal the moisture inside the pumpkin shell.

Keep the pumpkin in a dry, shaded area during the day to help extend the life of your carved pumpkin.

Nancy Cavanaugh, is a stay-at-home mom and avid crafter. You can find lots more fun crafts for kids, ages three to seven, at her site: Kids Holiday Crafts

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