Pumpkin Carving

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!!!

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