As a kid my favorite part of Halloween was carving the Pumpkin (after getting candy of course) and now that i am older with kids of my own... it's still my favorite part! Here are some of my tips and tricks to make the pumpkin carving and displaying experience even better.
- If your kids are too young to use a knife, you can let them paint the pumpkin. This will make them feel more involved and give them a sense of pride when they see it sitting by their front door each day.
- Cut a V shaped notch on one side when removing the top, this will help you realign the top when you place it back on. Also, this will keep it in place better so it doesn't slide or twist, creating a tighter seal.
- Using an Electric Drill and an Egg Beater, you can make short work of reaming out the pumpkin.
- SAVE THE SEEDS, rise the goop off with water, coat in Olive Oil and Sea Salt and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes for a tasty treat.
- Carve your favorite design in the face or the pumpkin using a Pumpkin Carving Knife (link below).
- Now the best part, crack an 8 hr Chem Light, do NOT use a small dollar store one, they don't work very well, cut the top off and pour the glowing liquid into your finished Jack-o-lantern. Swirl the liquid around to coat the inside and close it back up!
Now you are ready to display your pumpkin and watch people line up to take pictures. No joke... it happens at our house every year! And best part yet, no fire hazard. For any or the materials recommended, links are provided below. Enjoy and Happy Haunting!
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