Let’s Carve the Pumpkin
Before you begin carving, you need to cut a big hole in the pumpkin. One neat trick is to cut a hole in the bottom instead of the top. It helps to keep the pumpkin stable and keeps it looking nice. If you decide that you prefer the more traditional look of a hole in the top, cut the hole with a slanted edge. This will keep the top from falling inside.
Now that the hole is cut, it’s time to carve the image. Although most people use a regular kitchen knife, we recommend purchasing any of the seasonally available pumpkin-carving tools. We have all seen them at the grocery store or pharmacy, and there is a reason they exist: They work! You may be surprised at how well they actually work.
Also, many of the commercially available pumpkin carving tools are safe for use by children. The small orange handles and smooth cutting edges are perfect for little hands. Just be sure your child is in the recommended age range for the kit you have selected and that you provide supervision at all times.
As you begin cutting into your pumpkin, it may be tempting to remove the largest sections first. Don’t do this! Instead, cut out the smaller sections initially. As you begin removing pieces, the pumpkin will get increasingly delicate. You will find it much easier to cut out the small details when the pumpkin is its most stable. So work backwards from the smallest cut outs to the largest. This will help you avoid accidental breaks that would destroy all your hard work.
Once you have completed your carving, take it to your sink and give it a good rinse. Then pat it dry with paper towels. Once it is completely dry you can then place a candle or electric light inside. Your jack-o’-lantern is now ready to be displayed to the delight of all your neighborhood ghosts and ghouls.