|Be prepared for a mess! Newspaper important!|
As an American, she said that Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without carving a pumpkin and as a German, he had never had the experience before and was all for giving it a try. After trying four different grocery stores we finally found proper pumpkins at a vegetable stand. We took them home and he got taught the fine art of creating a jack O' lantern.
|Easiest way to carve|
To carve a pumpkin you really only need the pumpkin, a spoon and a good serrated knife (like a steak knife). If you want to be a little more fancy we recommend you either use paper and a push pin or buy a pumpkin carving kit.
|Don't make a perfect circle!|
|Save the seeds to bake later!|
After making a hole in top, start to remove the insides of the pumpkin. We suggest you keep the seeds and bake them as we did. You can read about how to best bake pumpkin seeds here.
|Scoop out the inside|
Once the inside is cleaned out you can get ready to carve. It is up to you if you want to make your own picture or face by freehand or if you want a plan. We used an already made picture that came with our kit.If you do not have this you can print out a design from online or draw your own. Anything works! Haunted houses, cats, witches, words, bats, or clowns!
|Pin on the outline|
|Poke the outline onto your pumpkin|
Start cutting the pumpkin, following the outline you made. If you will be cutting out a large section, sometimes it is better to cut it into smaller sections and push those sections out one by one.
Carve out each section of your pumpkin until your image is complete. Smooth out any edges which need it, light a tea candle to place inside and add the top you cut out in step one.
|Happy Halloween everyone!!!|