The tradition of carving pumpkins dates back hundreds of years. The term “jack-o-lantern” is of British origin literally meaning man with a lantern. Mischievous young children would carve faces into gourds to scare passersby. Irish immigrants brought the tradition over to America and pumpkin carving has been a Fall staple ever since.
The creativity of pumpkin art is a delight to see. From the simple triangle eyes and crooked smile, to life like looking faces, you can truly mold your pumpkins to your own masterpiece. I do have a few tips that I’d like to offer to make your pumpkins perfect. Make sure you choose the right shape of pumpkin for what you want to create. Cut a round, circular hole at the top around the stem and make sure it is cut on a 45 degree angle so the top will fit back on and not fall through. Scrape out ALL the guts using a large, metal spoon. I try not to leave any stragglers behind. Draw or trace your pattern for cutting on the pumpkin. A sharp, serrated knife is the best instrument to use for carving large pieces; for details, I switch to small, pairing knives. Once your pumpkin is carved, spray the inside liberally with bleach to keep it from molding or rotting. Finally, I would recommend finding a battery operated “candle” for easier lighting.
Happy Carving! Wishing you all a fabulous Halloween week!!!