Tips for Pumpkin Carving

In Canada Halloween is traditionally celebrated on October 31. And most people get excited to carve their own pumkin. Pumpkin carving is a fun Halloween tradition that’s popular among both children and adults.

So here are some tips to carve your own pumpkin

You’ll first need to purchase or pick one from a local farmer’s market or pumpkin patch.

  • Use large pumpkins, they are easier to hollow out and deal with.
  • To make the pumpkin last longer once it’s been carved, rub all the cut edges with something emollient like sunflower oil.
  • Always carve the top with the knife slanted at a forty five degree angle, this means that the lid will always have a proper place to sit when it is replaced.
  • Cut off the bottom of the pumpkin as well as the top, this will make it more stable.
  • When the pumpkin is lit, leave the lid off to stop any chance of it catching fire – some people prefer a flameless battery operated candle for this reason.
  • When attempting to carve a face onto the pumpkin draw a template on paper first, stick it on and then gently score with a knife before attempting to cut it in properly.

*Make sure to keep knives away from young children, and supervise older children who want to cut their own pumpkin.