If you've seen our Pumpkin Spectacular installation during the past two Halloween Haunt seasons, then you know we know how to carve a pumpkin.
Since we can't be together this Fall and show off OUR pumpkins, we'd love to give you some inspiration for your personal ones.
But first, check out these helpful tips to get you started:
- Use pumpkin carving tools! You can usually get them from any craft store or a dollar store.
- Safety first! Be very careful with the pumpkin carving tools or any sharp utensils. Kids should always seek guidance from a supervising adult.
- Start by cutting a large hole at the top of the pumpkin around the stem.
- Next, remove the top and remove all pumpkin guts and seeds.
- Optional: Find a recipe and roast your pumpkin seeds! I've found that soaking your seeds really helps the roasting process.
- Important! Clean and dry the outside of the pumpkin.
- Print off your desired stencil.
- Tape the stencil onto your pumpkin as best you can so it’s tight and taped down from all angles.
- Poke the design through the stencil onto your pumpkin before starting to carve. You’ll notice there’s an illustration in the bottom right corner of each stencil page to guide you.
- Take it slow and steady. If you have to cut out smaller sections at a time, do it!
- Wipe away any leftover pumpkin guts and you’ll have your GOURD-geous pumpkin! Don’t forget to tag us on social!
Remember not to carve your pumpkin too early before Halloween…unless you want the undead look!
Also, I have found an extra-large toy bug (like a spider or grasshopper) will keep the squirrels and rabbits away. They have been very pesty in my neighborhood this year, and these bugs do just the trick!
Click on the picture below to get started!