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2013 Pumpkin Carving - Make your Halloween Pumpkin Glow!
Carving pumpkins is a fun Halloween tradition. A Halloween pumpkin carving party, with family or friends, is almost as much fun as Halloween night. The party almost always includes hot, crisp pumpkin seeds, fresh from the oven.
Pumpkin Carving History- Pumpkin carving comes from ancient Celtic (Irish) traditions. At the time, they didn't carve pumpkins. They carved Turnips and Rutabagas. About carving turnips for Halloween.
Pumpkin carving is not just for Halloween. There's a growing trend to carve pumpkins for Thanksgiving, too. Different, fall pumpkin carving stencils are used at Thanksgiving.
For the record: Just so you can show your Pumpkin and Jack O Lantern expertise........ A pumpkin is a beautiful round, orange fruit that comes from the garden. A Jack O Lantern is a pumpkin that has been carved.
Preparation and Cleaning:
When selecting pumpkins for carving, lighter colored ones carve easier, as they are softer. The downside is they do not last as long.
Pick a pumpkin with a nice stem and a carvable face. The unique stem gives your Jack O Lantern character.
Clean the pumpkins off, by washing them off with plain water and a sponge. Allow to dry.
Keep the pumpkin outside, or in a cool place, until you are ready to carve it.
Cut open the top of the pumpkin (the "lid") and clean out the inside seeds and guts (humorously called "Pumpkin Brains"). Be careful not to pull hard on the stem, as it breaks easily.
Tip: When cleaning the inside of your Jack O'Lantern, scrape the inside wall to an inch thick. This makes carving a lot easier.
Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips:
Here are some simple tips which will help to make your pumpkin carving safe:
Do not let a young child use a knife....ever.
Always point knives away from you.
Keep your free hand away from the direction of the knife.
Use slicing motions, and never force the knife.
When using candles to light your Jack O'Lantern, do not leave it unattended. For indoor lighting, we recommend battery operated lights.
Select your design. Have the kids draw a picture of what they want their Jack O Lantern to look like. Even a toddler can draw a pumpkin, and it always comes out just the way he or she wanted it.
We recommend a pumpkin carving knife. It is designed for carving pumpkins, and is less likely to cause injury.
For younger children, keep the design simple The fewer curves, angles, and cuts, the better the result.
Once you have mastered carving a pumpkin, you can graduate to a pumpkin carving design, or create your own. There are a wide variety of designs and are limited only by your imagination.To use a design,:
Halloween pumpkin carving parties are not complete without roasting the pumpkin seeds you have taken out of your carved pumpkin. See Roasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe.
Battery Operated Pumpkin Carver knives - safer quicker, more fun .
Many people use popular Pumpkin Masters carving kits with easy to use saws and patterns. Buy Kits now!
The latest - A CD that allows you to create your own Jack O Lantern patterns on your computer. It is very inexpensive. You can create your own customized and unique patterns, as well as size it for your pumpkin. Buy CD Pumpkin Pattern Maker!
Other Great sites to try:
Pumpkin Carving Tips:
* Use an ice-cream scoop to clean out your pumpkin instead of bending your kitchen spoons.
* Select pumpkin carving patterns or stencils that fits your age and expertise level.
* For a unique jack-olantern, add a little glow paint, or fake blood.
* Insert a bowl into a carved pumpkin and add dry ice and warm water to create an extra spooky, smoke filled jack-o-lantern.
Making your Pumpkin Last:
Apply a light coating of petroleum jelly on the cuts. It will seal the wound and the pumpkin will last longer. After carving, place the pumpkin in a cool, dark place. It will spoil quickly, if left at room temperature, and will attract fruit flies.
Did you know? You can often revive shriveled Jack O Lantern, by soaking them in a bucket of water.
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