How to Carve a Pumpkin: Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas & Clean-Up

Carving pumpkins is a family favorite autumn tradition. Be a pumpkin carving pro with these five tips below. You'll be the hero of Halloween. 

1) The trickiest part of carving pumpkins is coming up with a design. If you’re stumped with where to start, browse online to find a stencil or template. You can personalize the design to your preference or use it to jumpstart your creative process.

2) Get children involved in the carving. If they're too young to safely hold a knife, encourage them to draw a stencil on paper. They can watch as you have their drawing come to life.

3) Line your workspace with newspaper. Clean-up is easy if it just means clearing the table. Even better, place pumpkin "guts" in our Ultimate™ trash bags as you go so the mess is containted. 

4) As you carve, pick out the pumpkin seeds so you have them for snacking later. Once you’re done carving, rinse the seeds and then put them in a single layer along the bottom of an E-Z Foil Pan. Toss them with olive oil and add any desired spices like cayenne pepper or garlic powder. Toast in the oven at 325°  for about 45 minutes. Stir occasionally so they toast evenly. Once they're cooled, store in a Slider Bag for an easy snack.

5) Explore different ways to keep your jack-o’-lanterns lit. Battery-operated votive candles like LED tea lights and even Christmas lights are a fun alternative to candles that don’t require relighting.

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