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Carving our pumpkin

One Halloween my mom and I carved out a butternut as a lantern for a costume of mine so I could go trick-or-treatin’. That’s as close to creating a jack-o-lantern I ever got until October.

We had a large pumpkin to work with and first decided what we wanted to carve into the orange flesh of the impressive vegetable on our dining room table.

We then started. We drew the picture on the pumpkin, decided what needed to be cut out and what needed to remain. We went to work.

We cut out a round hole in the top of the pumpkin and removed the “lid”. We then scraped out all the mushy pulp inside the vegetable. Once it was clean and neat inside we began to slowly, carefully carve out our little man. It didn’t take too long and the result was lovely.

How to carve a pumpkin - cut a hole in the top big enough to fit your hand through.

How to carve a pumpkin - scrape out the insides using a serrated tool and a spoon.

How to carve a pumpkin - once you've decided on your design, carefully cut away what won't be needed.

How to carve a pumpkin - be patient; even carving-specific tools are not fast.

How to carve a pumpkin - admire your hard work because it's probably amazing. Well done.

How to carve a pumpkin - enjoy it.

How to carve a pumpkin - enjoy it.

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