Wednesday, October 13, 2010

About Today: How to Carve a Pumpkin 10/13/10

From Jen Hubley, your About Today Editor
I take my pumpkin carving pretty seriously. This is almost entirely my neighbors' fault. Every year at this time, our street blooms with jack o'lanterns ranging from the classic grinning ghoul to modern masterpieces involving stencils, chisel sets, and lighting schemes.

How to Carve a Pumpkin
The only thing that matters to me is that my pumpkin is better than other people's. See that? I totally have my priorities straight.

Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils
Of course, knowing where to get free stencils helps. (And because I'm a benevolent competitor, I'll even share them with you.)
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How to Choose Pumpkins for Carving and Cooking
The first step is to pick a pumpkin suitable for carving. I still have nightmares about the year I tried to get fancy and carve one of those white pumpkin-like gourds. I thought it would look extra spooky, all pale and ghostly on my porch. I forgot that gourds have thicker hides that are almost impossible to cut through. 

Halloween Safety: Carving and Displaying Pumpkins Safely
Also: Please don't hurt yourself either carving or showing off your jack o'lantern. Injuries are not festive and should be avoided.

1 comment:

  1. We take our pumpkin carving serious too. For the past 7 years we have held a competition with family and friends to see who can carve the best pumpkin. This year I'm thinking about opening it up to anyone who wants to participate. Let me know if you're interested.