Is anyone else’s favorite part of Halloween the carving of the jack-o-lantern?? Maybe you’re not the greaest at the little details or you simply stick with the standard triangle eyes and nose face just to get it over with (ya, I’m talking about you my dear husband). Either way, here are some tips that I can provide to your family from my family!
- Look for pumpkins that are less rounded and more flat on one side. It’s easier to use stencils on a pumpkin that has a flat surface instead of wit’ all dem’ curves. Curves are beautiful most times….just not with pumpkins (NO, I’m not a hater…. just a pumpkin realist)
- Find a stencil that is meant for your skill level. There’s nothing worse than starting with an intermediate stencil because you think you all that and a bag of chips and then carving that very last detail and DAMN! There goes all that hard work and now your spooky owl just looks like he had a few too many cocktails. Hmmm yep that’s called ‘experience’
- Before starting to carve…lay down garbage bags (cut them on the side so they spread out more) or lay down an old tablecloth from dollarama. This will help with easy cleanup after everyone ditches you because all of a sudden, “…it’s way past our bedtime” ….mmmhhmmm like you ever cared about missing bedtimes before? Figures..
- Instead of carving a round hole like a crown at the top of pumpkin, bring your knife down in the back to carve like……hmmm, I guess similar to a tail? It’s easier to show you instead of explaining…. like this…This technique has been freakin’ LIFE CHANGING for us. You have way more room for activities, like scooping all those guts out without losing space in your carving surface *GENIUS!*
- Put two bowls on the table. One large one for all the guts and one smaller one for the pumpkin seeds. Tell your kids (and husband) to take off as much of the filling as possible before they put the pumpkin seeds in the bowl. This will save you time when making them because EVERYONE always wants pumpkin seeds, but you’ll be the only one that ends up eating them because there’s much better snacks in the house than a bowl of healthy pumpkin seeds!
- Use a push pin to outline your stencil. Those tools you buy in the pumpkin carving pack work like $h!t We also use a black sharpie to trace the outline for the kids so it’s easier to see what they are carving. Don’t worry about getting all the marker carved out….once you put a candle in it at night, you won’t even notice it.
And last but not least, just remember to ENJOY yourself and have FUN with your family. Coming personally from a stress case mother, I’m always so mad when I don’t get enough time to make my pumpkin just perfect because I’m always helping everyone else out, but just remember it’s not about the best pumpkin, it’s about spending time with your family and making memories …..even though mine IS always the best ;D