Halloween is only days away, and for many the preparations will have begun. So following on from our pumpkin facts for kids feature we shared with you yesterday, we thought we would lend a hand for those looking to get hands on with carving their very own pumpkin for this annual event.

So whether you’re at home or on one of our short breaks for families, we have an easy, 6 step guide for you to create a hauntingly good Halloween pumpkin!

 

Materials required

·         Sharp knife

·         Large spoon

·         Paper/Sellotape

·         A small nail

 

Method

·         You’ll want to pick up a nicely sized, evenly rounded pumpkin. A wonky, different-looking pumpkin may look cool, but they’re even more difficult to carve with and are rather awkward.

·         Cut off the top carefully with your knife. You need to make sure you cut a crown that is wide enough, creating a large enough space to remove the insides with ease.

·         Take your large spoon and scoop out all of the pulp and seed inside. Also, try and scrape away some of the flesh on the walls while you are working on the inside as this will help to give you some nice thin walls that are only an inch or so thick, making it easier for you to carve.

·         Use a marker pen to draw your design onto the pumpkin in the first instance. Ideally, you want to draw on a paper template and then tape the template onto the pumpkin. Now take your nail to poke holes around the design. Once you’ve done this you can remove the paper stencil.  

*If you want some ideas for stencils you can find a catalogue of them here.

·         Use your sharp, serrated knife to then cut out your design that’s been perforated with the nail. Start the process at the centre and steadily work outwards.

·         Now you can go ahead and put the candle in a small glass. Make sure you leave the lid slightly ajar so the smoke can escape. Or you can cut yourself a small hole in the lid to act as an escape for the smoke, which will mean you can shut the lid.

 

Handy Tips

·         Place down some newspaper to stop a mess being made.

·         If you’re a novice, don’t set your sights too high. After all, by keeping it simple, you can still create an impressive design.

·         Straight lines are more convenient to carve, so consider changing circles for triangles, for example.

·         Sure up the base if it’s unsteady by sawing the bottom level as well as the top.

·         You can stop the newly exposed areas turning brown by rubbing some Vaseline on.