Here it is! The week before Halloween. It’s the perfect time to start carving those pumpkins! This year we grew 6 in our garden and some are actually decent sized. It’s our daughter’s first Halloween and pumpkin carving experience so we made sure she got the whole experience – her own pumpkin, touching (and tasting) the pumpkin guts, and of course lots of pictures! Alan carved a baby pumpkin just for her!
1. When you cut the top of the pumpkin, make sure you do an unusual shape to make sure you can put the top back on easily.
2. Gutting and carving pumpkins over newspaper provides an easier clean up.
3. Gut pumpkins with a really big spoon.
4. Draw out what you’re going to carve on your pumpkin before you do it on the pumpkin.
5. Draw the pumpkin face on with pen or crayon (we just learned yesterday that crayon works great!).
6. The pumpkin carving knives at the stores are great because they’re serrated and small for detailing.
7. Avoid using good kitchen knives – they can break!
8. Don’t leave your pumpkins outside for too long – they get moldy!
Quick story to go with that…when Alan and I were dating, my neighbors (I lived in an apartment complex) left out their pumpkins way too long. They were collapsing they were so moldy! In our complex we had carpet in the hallways and their pumpkins were just sitting on it! Juices were everywhere and it wreaked like nothing I’ve ever smelled! My hubby was nice enough to actually pick them up and throw them away! Finally the carpets dried out, but it was nasty! So I would suggest…not doing that. 🙂