We’re in the thick of the fall season and Halloween is here. Sure, dressing up in a costume and trick-or-treating s fun, but another beloved Halloween pastime is pumpkin carving. For those new to carving fun jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, here are some helpful tips.
Choose The Right Tools
A knife or an exacto knife should suffice, depending on the intricacy of your design. But remember to always cut away from yourself and keep your fingers out of the way.
Use A Spoon
First, use your hands to scoop out the slimy pulp and seeds. Once most of it is out, go back in with a spoon to scrape the sides of the pumpkin in an effort to get the last bit of seeds out. This, in turn, makes it easier to carve.
Cut The Lid At An Angle
To prevent the lid from falling through, cut it at a 45 degree angle and angle inwards. This creates a resting spot for the lid.
Trace The Pattern
For intricate designs, use a ballpoint pen to trace the design using transfer paper (face down) onto your pumpkin.
Make Use Of Scraps
You can use the scraps you cut out of the pumpkin to further decorate it. Consider a bow, a tongue, or even numbers for the year.
Roast Those Seeds
Separate the seeds from the slimy strings by using a strainer and rinsing them under room temperature water. Once separated, dry the seeds and then roast them in your oven for a tasty snack.