A Guide to Pumpkin Carving

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A Guide to Pumpkin Carving

Allyssa Maloney, Staff Reporter

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Sure, you say that you know how to carve a pumpkin, but do you really? Thirty minutes after you start, your hands are bleeding and there are pumpkin guts on your ceiling. Along with all of this mess, your pumpkin is a wreck. If you want to step up your game this year, here’s a step-by-step guide to carving the perfect pumpkin that you will not be ashamed of.

  1. Go to Walmart, or anywhere that sells pumpkins, and choose a decently sized, plump pumpkin. Do not forget to have supplies like a knife, a large spoon, and a marker to draw the design.
  2. When you get home, put down some newspaper or plastic before you start carving.
  3. Cut into the top, around it the stem. Then, gut the pumpkin. I used an ice cream scoop to get all of the seeds and scrape the sides, but you could use a spoon or spatula as well. Scraping the sides will make the candlelight shine through better.
  4. Instead of carving into the pumpkin willy-nilly, draw the outline of the design on the pumpkin. The design I chose was Pennywise the Dancing Clown. After you’re done with the outline, use a sharp-pointed tool to carve the design. Start at the center and work outward.
  5. To stop the pumpkin from turning brown too quickly, put vaseline on the pumpkin. Also, if you’re not very fond of the smell of pumpkin, you can sprinkle some cinnamon of the bottom of the stem part.
  6. Put it on your front porch and wait for the compliments to come pouring in.

Disclaimer: Carving a pumpkin is easier to explain than to do.