I’m from Scotland, where the excitement of Halloween usually ends mid-teen. I have never tried to eat anything pumpkin, let alone carve one!
But with a push from the editors, I ventured into the American world of pumpkin carving. If like me, the idea of potentially mutilating a bright, shiny pumpkin with a too-sharp knife scares you, here’s my idiot’s guide (me—not you!) to carving the best Halloween pumpkin. Oh, and I found other designs for the more advanced carvers. Read on!
Step 1: Picking the right pumpkin is essential
Pick a pumpkin from a local field or a local supermarket, drugstore, etc. Knock on the outside of the pumpkin to test how thick the walls are (if it breaks, slyly put it back and take another…shh!). Choose one that is smooth on at least one side, and has a well-attached stalk—this indicates healthiness.
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