I thought I would blog about pumpkin carving today. I’ve already bought my first pumpkin of the season. Yippeee! I love pumpkins and I buy numerous pumpkins during September and October. Sometimes you can pick them up ridiculously cheap on November 1 which is great if you love freshly roasted pumpkin seeds.
I use a mixture of the tools included with the store-bought pumpkin carving kits and kitchen items I already have. The Internet has a plethora of free patterns for pumpkin carving and the kits contain a book with several free patterns. Pumpkin Carving 101 has a great article with pictures about using stencil pattens to carve a pumpkin.
For lighting the pumpkin, I use glow sticks so I don’t have to worry about having an open flame outside. Plus, who doesn’t like shaking up a glow stick and cracking it to make it glow?
I stick to medium to large size pumpkins. You have to be careful with some of the larger pumpkins. They often have thick skin which makes carving the pumpkin more difficult and/or time-consuming. I think my two favorite pumpkins I carved last year were Hello Kitty and a skull. I couldn’t find my picture of the Hello Kitty pumpkin lit.
I’m looking forward to carving pumpkins this year. I should also add that Rob carves pumpkins too. I don’t hog all the pumpkin carving fun, although I do try to hog all the roasted pumpkin seeds. 😀
Skull Pumpkin Lit:
Hello Kitty Pumpkin: