Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks!

Completing the very serious task of choosing ‘the’ perfect pumpkin was just the beginning!! Our Dad would cut a lid into the top of the pumpkin and what came next was our favorite part – scooping out the seeds and all the slimy pulp inside! He would then help us cut out the face we had drawn, while our Mom would be busy cleaning the seeds and preparing them for roasting. When the transformation from mere pumpkin, to jack-o-lantern was complete, we would place a candle on the inside and turn off all the lights to see our amazing new creation come to life!  The fun wasn’t over yet! Getting to eat those salty little morsels while filling treat bags full of Halloween candy for our trick or treaters, was such a treat for us!

PRINT Pumpkin Carving Tips and Tricks
  • To make carving easier for children, choose pumpkins that are softer and lighter in color.
  • To clean out your pumpkin, cut out the bottom instead of the top. It will make it easier to light your pumpkin, plus you’ll avoid having the top fall in when it begins to decompose.
  • To keep your pumpkin fresher longer, spread petroleum jelly on the cut edges and store it in your refrigerator, when not on display.
  • To re-plump a shriveling pumpkin, soak it in water for a few hours. To help resist mold add a few drops of bleach to the water.
  • For a wonderful autumn fragrance – sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, or other spice, on the inside of your pumpkin. Place a tea light candle inside and light.
  • For the freshest looking pumpkin, carve no more than 2 days prior to your event.
  • Children too young to carve a pumpkin can paint a face on their pumpkin or decorate their pumpkin using quick drying craft glue and craft supplies such as “googly” eyes, pom poms, pieces of felt, yarn, ribbon or even glitter!




  • To roast the pumpkin seeds, preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Rinse the seeds to remove any pulp. Spread seeds on a baking sheet and drizzle with a teaspoon or two of extra virgin olive oil. Stir seeds to evenly coat them and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for about 20-25 minutes stirring every 5-10 minutes to ensure even toasting. Cool and enjoy!

Garret carefully carves into his prized pumpkin.

Garret is thrilled with his jack-o-lantern!


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