Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pumpkin Carving!

"I am the shadow on the moon at night, filling your dreams to the brim with fright!" - The Nightmare Before Christmas
When I was younger Halloween was wonderful, free sweets! Who wouldn't think it was wonderful! But since being slightly older it seems to be frowned upon if I was to go trick or treating.. So here is my alternative for any fellow non trick or treaters (and also for those annual pumpkin carvers)!
What you will need:
  1. Pumpkin - Big or small, I find pumpkins are usually cheapest at local supermarkets!
  2. Template - I am using the face of Jack Skellington, one of my favourite creepy Disney characters from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. If you are stuck for ideas I found Google images super helpful, bursting with varieties of pumpkin wonders.
  3. Tealight candles - Battery powered tealight's are also effective, these can be found in supermarkets and pound shops!
  4. Sharp knife - For carving your design. Be super careful when handling the knife, make sure a parent/ guardian is always on guard for a helping hand!
  5. Metal spoon - For scooping out the pumpkin!
  6. A bowl - Handy place to keep all the excess scoop!
  7. Permanent pen - For drawing on your desired pattern/ face/ etc!
Step 1.
1. Carefully using a sharp knife, begin to cut around the top of your pumpkin.
2. When cutting the lid on your pumpkin, cut at an angle, this will mean the lid won't fall through!
3. Pull off the lid/ top of your pumpkin, it should look a little grim like this..

Step 2.
Have your bowl and metal spoon at the ready! It's time to start scooping out the insides of your pumpkin. You should be greeted by plenty of pips and weird stringy pumpkin-ness. Scoop, scoop, scoop until your pumpkin is completely empty!

Step 3.
It's then time to start drawing on your chosen design. I'm going for the 'Jack Skellington' face but you can do something even more crazy and creative! Permanent pens are great for drawing on the template, no smudges, wonderful!

Step 4.
Being super careful using your knife, begin to carve your pumpkin - woohoo! Does anybody else find this strangely therapeutic? Hmm.. Chilled pumpkin vibes..
After I carved each of the parts on my pumpkin, I then went back and tidied up the edges so the black mark lines were no longer visible!

Step 5.
MWAHAHA! Complete-o! All that's left to do now is drop in a lit tealight candle, place on your doorstep and wait for the trick or treaters!
If you're carving a pumpkin this year, be sure to share your pictures with me on Twitter (click here)! 
I'd love to see your creations! 

If you don't fancy carving a pumpkin this year but still want to join in the Halloween spirit, then why not turn it into cake! Here is a fun and easy recipe I found to avoid putting your pumpkin to waste. Why not create a Halloween Pumpkin Cake! You could also make soup, pie, smoothies etc, etc! It's endless pumpkin fun.

Have a 'spooktacular' Halloween, scare yourselves silly!
Eat lots of sweets and be aware of the Boogeyman....

With lots of spooky love,

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