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Pumpkin Spice latte. Pumpkin Cider. Pumpkin Pie — It’s Pumpkin Season! It’s the time of year where the pumpkin is most celebrated and there’s one tradition, in particular, that’s done in homes all across the world. 

Origin

Pumpkin Carving, the organically European but dubbed American folklore was believed to ward off evil spirits ( see the origin story of Sneaky Jack ) but somehow became an activity for family fun through years.

The Carving

It may seem complicated but we’re here to help provide a few tips in light of the spooky season and its big orange fruit.  With some creativity and by following a few steps you will be well on your way to carving a masterpiece.

To begin, you're going to want to first, buy your pumpkin. Located near Harmony apartments, Blase Family Farm would be a great place to go ahead and grab one. Take a marker or pen and draw a circle around the top of your pumpkin. This will be where you remove the seeds and debris from the inside of the pumpkin, thus completely hallowing it out; use a metal spoon to remove all debris. Also, we suggest that on the inside of your pumpkin, scrape the side where you will be placing your design on the outside of the pumpkin. This makes it easier to carve out your design.

Once you have carved your design, place a tea candle inside and you’re all set; SEE, it’s not so bad at all. 

 

Clean Up Your Carvings

Congratulations, you carved your jack-o-lantern! Now it's time to clean it up. You’ve gutted it. It’s a massacre, how fitting. For tips on an easy cleanup, check out the following article “Pumpkin Carving Preparation and Clean Up Tips “. It may be a bit messy, but some options to keep tidy could be to clean as you go. By throwing away the unused materials as you carve, it will save time on your cleanup in the end. 

 

Happy Halloween!

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