Looking for something fun to do with the kids this Halloween? Why not try your hand at pumpkin carving? It’s a seriously fun activity and can also produce both spooky and delicious results (with the leftovers ) Here’s everything you need to know about how to get carving today!

You will need:⠀
1 medium pumpkin (or as many as you want to carve)
Permanent marker
Pumpkin carving knife or other serrated knife
Metal spoon

  1. Line a sturdy table with newspaper. Decide which side of the pumpkin is best for the face.
  2. Use a permanent marker to draw eyes, a nose and a smile or grimace.
  3. Outline a circular lid around the pumpkin stem, about 12cm in diameter.
  4. With a slim pumpkin carving knife or serrated knife, cut out the pumpkin lid, working at a slight inward angle so that the lid can be replaced without falling in.
  5. Use your hands to pull out the pumpkin seeds along with their stringy membranes and set aside in a colander.
  6. Using a metal spoon, scrape out the inside of the pumpkin until no stringy bits remain, placing the removed “guts” in a second bowl.
  7. Wipe off the outside of the pumpkin so that it will be easier to hold and therefore safer to carve.
  8. Make straight cuts into your pumpkin along the lines you’ve drawn, removing and discarding the pieces.
  9. Insert a tea light in the bottom of your pumpkin. Use a long match or lighter to light the pumpkin and replace the lid.

Happy carving everyone!