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Monday, October 26, 2009

Time to Carve the Pumpkin

A few years ago I found a great way to carve our jack-o-lanterns; I think it was from Family Fun Magazine. I'm sure some of you may know this way, but I thought I would share it.

How in the world can one carve a pumpkin differently? The answer is in the way that you take out the insides. Instead of cutting the pumpkin open from the stem area, we cut a circle in the bottom of the pumpkin to pull everything out.

There is a lot of pumpkin "insides" attached to this spot and they pull out easily. Emptying the pumpkin this way also makes it super easy to light the candle inside--if you're still old-fashioned like me and use a real candle. Plus, the lid doesn't shrivel up and start to fall inside on top of the candle after a few days.

Everything else about the carving is the same, it's just the little twist of emptying it from the bottom instead of the top.

So, we cut a circle in the bottom, and empty out the insides.

We draw a face with a marker and cut out the shapes.

We light a candle.

Then finally place the jack-o-lantern over the candle and he's ready to spook up the night!

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Becky said...

That is a great tip! I'm going to try that out later this week.

The Activity Mom said...

That IS a great tip!

lucky said...

juhuuuu! i have wait for this! thanks!

Bonnie said...

It's really useful for me.

Anjanette aka. MommaYoung said...

Nice pumpkins. The kids are excited to carve theirs today. Yikes. They had some real big ones for sale and of course I had to buy them. It should be interesting.

Thank you for sharing, I love your posts.

Leptir said...

Thank you for your tip.