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Pumpkin carving is one of the quintessential Halloween activities, and is surprisingly easy to do!
Not only is it a fun and crafty activity for the whole family, it’s a great way to keep the spirit of Halloween alive in the lead up to October 31. Here are some handy tips for you to host your own Halloween pumpkin carving this year.
Invest In The Right Tools
There are certain items that you’re going to need to get for your Halloween pumpkin carving, and you’ll need to make sure that you have enough of each tool to go around all of your guests. You will need a carving knife, a serrated knife for removing any edges, a scoop for the pumpkin insides, bowls for the leftovers, templates for your pumpkin designs and the pumpkins themselves!
If you aren’t sure what sort of tools to get, buying online is your best bet. They may look childish, and like they won’t work at all but Pumpkin Carving kits are surprisingly useful and yes, they do work. Party stores around Canberra also have them and I recommend this one.
There are so many pumpkin carving ideas that you can go with for your own pumpkin. You can make a Cheshire cat, a puking pumpkin, a classic smiling Jack O’Lantern, a spooky one, political statements – anything! Scroll the online world and sites like Pinterest for ideas, print out a template and make sure to have lots on hand for your guests – just in case their creative juices have run out.
Timing Is Crucial
Once you cut open your pumpkin and scoop out the insides, just like any open food there’s a time limit before it gets gnats or other such bugs hovering around – especially if you put your pumpkins outside or somewhere easily reachable by the sun or the creepy crawlies of the world. Because of this, it’s crucial that you host your pumpkin carving in the lead up to Halloween with a few days or up to a week to spare. Once Halloween is over, it’s best to get rid of the pumpkins as soon as possible too – rotten pumpkins are no fun!
Make It An Event
While your guests are busy creating, serve up nibblies like roasted pumpkin seeds, cheese and crackers, wine and delicious pumpkin themed and flavoured foods. Play some Halloween music to get you into the mood and rock out knowing that Halloween isn’t too far away!
Waste not, want not. Here’s a recipe for how to use your pumpkin insides!