Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pumpkin Carving

The month of October is filled with black cats and bats, witches on their broom sticks, and pumpkins. Other than trick or treating, my most memorable childhood activity was carving a pumpkin. I loved sitting outside in the cool{ish} florida fall weather, pulling out the insides of the pumpkin, roasting the seeds and carving a creepy face into the pumpkins. The week before halloween is the ideal time to carve pumpkins in Florida. With our fall weather being relatively hot in comparison to everywhere else, pumpkins don't hold up in the heat very well. On the only day this week that both Charlie and I were free, we decided to join into the halloween festivities and carve pumpkins.
First find a pumpkin {obviously}. Make sure it is perfectly round without any dents or gross cuts in it.
Then cut a hole in your pumpkin. Charlie and I both decided to cut a hole in the bottom so that it would be easier to put a candle inside and light it.
Next scoop out all the insides of the pumpkin. Take the flesh, pulp and seeds and put them all into a separate bowl. Don't throw out the seeds if you want to make roasted pumpkin seeds {an absolute must for me}.
Draw a design on your pumpkin with a sharpie or a pencil. Charlie and I both googled ideas for our pumpkin faces. If you want to make a super intricate design or you want it perfectly, print our your idea and cut it out on paper and trace onto your pumpkin.
Next carve the features into your pumpkin with your little saw or carving tool.

Once you finished carving your pumpkin, insert your candle or electronic candle.
Voila! You have your very own carved pumpkin:) This was a super fun idea to do with friends, family or anyone. I would definitely recommend this as a fun event before halloween.

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