How to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin

It’s that time of year again and if you needed any more hints then just pop along to your local supermarket and check out the vegetable aisles, because you’ll never see pumpkins at any time than the run up to Halloween. Now that you have purchased your pumpkin, your kids will be pestering you to help them carve them so to show that you are the Queen of All Hallows Eve, check out our easy to follow guide to carving out the perfect pumpkin, with thanks to Oliver Thring for the photographs. 

How to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin 1You might have to buy a basic pumpkin carving kit, but make sure it consists of a knife to remove the top, scissors, felt-tip pen, scraper, two saws, drill, and a pointer for dotting the pattern.

How to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin 2To remove the top of the pumpkin, trace a hexagon shape with a felt tip pen about an inch away from the stalk, then using a very sharp knife which is angled away from you, cut into the pumpkin, making sure the knife is angling towards the inside of the pumpkin.

How to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin 3Now remove the lid and the flesh and the seeds. If you are being particularly thrifty you can keep the flesh and make a pumpkin pie. Recipe here.

How to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin 4Place the pumpkin on a flat surface, if it does not sit well you might have to level it off by cutting the bottom with the knife. Now find the flattest surface to carve and get your design ready.

How to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin 5Place your design over the surface of the pumpkin and with your pointer, dot over the outline, remembering that the more dots you make, the easier it will be to see your outlined design when the paper is removed.

How to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin 6See what we mean?

How to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin 7Now with your saw, carefully cut through the dots and your design should be revealed.

How to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin 8Finish your pumpkin by carefully trimming off any skin leftover using the knife to make your design stand out.

How to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin 9Your picture should now be ready for a candle or light source to be placed inside.

How to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin 10If you have any other pumpkins or gourds, arrange those around your decorated one, and remember where candles are being used to think about safety hazards.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Source: The Guardian