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How to carve a pumpkin safely with your little one

Posted on 24 October 2017

You guessed it – it’s time for Halloween again! It’s no surprise that your kids aren’t that interested when you suggest carving the pumpkin, that’s your job isn’t it? They’re more excited about picking a scary outfit and stuffing their faces with sweets. This year though let their creativity juices flow to get them involved. You can both have fun together carving the perfect Halloween pumpkin! Our step by step guide makes it quick, easy and safe for little fingers.

Firstly, you of course need to buy a pumpkin! Sounds simple, but it can turn into a military operation pretty quickly if you aren’t organised. It’s best to buy your pumpkin as soon as you see them on sale, although the fresher the pumpkin is, the longer it’ll last.

Impress your neighbours and follow a step-by-step pumpkin carving guide for the perfect pumpkin.

Here’s an easy to follow guide for you and your little one to follow together. You can also share it with your friend too.

Step 1: Choose a rounded pumpkin, as oddly shaped ones will be difficult to carve.

Step 2: Use a sharp knife to cut off the top of the pumpkin, making the cut large enough to allow you to scrape out the insides. (This step is parents only!)

Step 3: Use a large spoon or an ice cream scoop, to hollow the pumpkin out and get rid of the seeds and pulp. Kiddies can help with this part! When most of the flesh from the walls is removed as well, the light from the candles will shine brighter and draw more attention to your pumpkin.

TIP: Keep the pumpkin seeds to one side. You can wash them and eat them later for a healthy snack.

Step 4: Before carving, use a marker pen to draw on your design. This is especially important with your little ones and the part where they can get most involved – give them sheets of paper to draw on, then you take over and outline the design with a nail or other sharp tool.

Step 5: Now would be the time to distract the kids with costumes or decorating, as you’ll need to use a sharp, serrated knife to cut out your design, starting at the centre and working outwards. Short back and forward motions are easier to control than slicing, which can be dangerous.

Step 6: Rub some Vaseline or lemon juice on the edges of the pumpkin, to stop them going brown.

Step 7: Now the part that the kids have been waiting for! A pumpkin isn’t complete without lights. If you want to be more safety conscious, fairy lights or electric candles work well too. Make sure the ‘lid’ of the pumpkin isn’t on completely, otherwise the smoke can’t escape. 

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