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How to Pick a Pumpkin To Carve

Whether you choose your pumpkin at a "pick your own" farm or at the local market, always be sure to look for a fresh, ripe, bright orange pumpkin with no scars, cuts or bruises. The perfect pumpkin ready to carve

Keep in mind that your pumpkin will be on special Halloween display, so it's worth it to pay a little more for a big pumpkin (hint: really giant specimens are also much easier to carve).

Finally, what's a traditional jack-o-lantern without a proper stem? Look for a strong, healthy stem with no signs of cracking or injury, and always carry your pumpkin from the bottom to avoid breaking the stem.

How to Prepare

Place your pumpkin on several layers of paper towels or old newspaper.

Trace your design on the pumpkinUse a sharp knife (kids should be sure to have a parent or other adult supervise) to cut a circle around the top of the pumpkin. Now here comes the gross part! Reach inside the pumpkin and scoop out the stringy membrane and seeds onto the newspaper.

Next, create your own favorite pumpkin face on a sheet of paper, or print out an easy Halloween pumpkin carving pattern. Center the design where you think best, and tape it to the pumpkin. Trace the design outline by punching through the paper with a sharp pencil, nail or pin.

Carving the Perfect Pumpkin

Happy Halloween!Now the real fun begins!

Using a sharp knife - or a special pumpkin carving kit - (again, adults should help supervise with this) carefully cut along the dotted lines that you've made from the pattern. For the best results, be sure to make clean & careful cuts completely through the pumpkin "wall", then push out the pieces. Stand back and admire your own hand-crafted jack-o-lantern!

Happy Halloween ...

pumpkin carving pattern
pumpkin carving pattern
pumpkin carving pattern

For more pumpkin carving patterns check out:
The Halloween Party Pack

More about pumpkin carving around the Web:

Hundreds of Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils - No muss, no fuss downloads in pdf format, from the Pumpkin Pile.

How to Carve a Pumpkin - Martha Stewart - Let the Queen of Homemaking show you how, in 5 easy steps.

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