It is pumpkin carving time, a few helpful tips and tricks can help make it a fun experience for all. This is a guide about carving pumpkins for Halloween.
Each year my husband adds a couple of carvings to his collection. We light the pumpkins each evening during the month of October. I really wish all of you could bring your children and grandchildren by to see them.
Pumpkin decoration of my favorite subjects - cats!
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This is the jack-o-lantern that I carved for my 8 month old son. It is a real pumpkin and was hand carved using only wood carving tools and a rotary tool. My family and I carved an additional 4 pumpkins the same way, each to reflect on the persons interests.
By Amy J from Oak Grove, KY
When we asked my 3 yr. old grandson how he wanted his jack-o-lantern's face to look, he told us he wanted an "Oh, no! pumpkin" and made the face. This is what it looks like. We carved the top opening zig-zag and we lifted it up, turned it a little and set it on top to look like a hat.
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
Halloween is right around the corner. This page contains some Jack O'Lantern carving tips and resources. Feel free to post your own tips.
Here are two pumpkins carved by Aiden (7) and Avery (4). Aiden carved a killer robot and Avery carved a rabid mouse. We used stencils that we purchased for $3 at Fred Meyer and it made it super easy to carve something neat. Next year we will try to make our own stencils!
Halloween has become a huge holiday. According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, consumers spent $3.29 billion dollars on Halloween in 2005. Of that $3.29 billion, $840 million was spent on decorations-second only to Christmas in holiday home decor. Talk about frightening! Even with all newfangled lighting effects, fog machines and animatronics designed to create hair-raising effects, a carved pumpkin is still the best and least expensive way to create a haunting Halloween scene.
Here are some tips for selecting and carving the perfect Jack-O-Lantern.
Preparation: Wash the seeds well and stir with oil in bowl. Spread out in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle salt, garlic salt or Italian herbs on top if desired. Bake at 250 degrees F. until slightly brown, turning them over every half hour. When they're done, they'll be crunchy. Variations include soaking the seeds in butter, soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce for 1 hour prior to roasting.
Think outside the box when crafting pumpkins. Note: this one is a fake pumpkin which lasts forever
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I decided to go outside the box and do hickory dickory dock.
Use your creative juices and think outside the normal Halloween realm.
By Carol from MA
By Alygator 4
First time carving a pumpkin, and I thought I'd done an awesome job! The next day, I brought my mom out to the front porch to brag about my masterpiece, and it was certainly nothing to brag about anymore.
By Alygator from Louisville, Ky
I just came across this website a minute ago and I wanted to share it with all of you! It's http://www.pumpkinpile.com/
They offer hundreds of downloads of pumpkin carving stencils and patterns for free! I just flipped through them, and I want all of them. I'm going to use a lot of these stencils for other art projects in the future. Go check them out! Have a fantastic Halloween! :)
By attosa from Los Angeles, CA
After you have carved your Halloween Jack o'lantern light him up with a set of twinkle lights set inside. You can use the battery operated kind or cut a hole low in the back and run the cord thru to the outlet.
By Debra in CO
Templates for dog breeds pumpkin carving for Autumn decorating can be printed and photocopy for the size that you want for the pumpkin to be carved with your favorite canine friend(s)
My dog Jess is a Jack Russell/beagle, and since her face looks more like a beagle, the beagle template looks the most like her for carving. There are lots of other templates, and the author of the templates will also ask others for more ideas for dog breeds as well as she will do cat ones too, though it looks like there will be more templates for next year ready, not this year. Some of others here can probably make their own templates for their pets too, and this would be a great place to add into Thriftyfun.com for templates for carving pumpkins!
Source: my friend sent this link to me this morning on Facebook
By Kathi from Grand Rapids, MI
This page is not on ThriftyFun, but we had to share it. Be sure to come back and rate it.
My son and I had so much fun with this. It was a little harder than we thought and both of us messed up our patterns but in the end it was the time spent together that I remember when I see these now.
This scary pumpkin won a prize! He is pretty scary, huh.
By Jackie from Orlando, FL
My favorite local diner has a customer that brings in an awesome Jack-o-lantern each year. The diner has a golf theme and so does the pumpkin. I love how detailed it is!
I felt a shock when touching a neighbor's pumpkin which used lights in the pumpkin. Caution is advised.
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When using those pumpkin carving kits that poke holes for you to carve over, rub some flour over the holes to make them more visible to you. Also, if you will start carving from the middle first, you are less likely to break pieces on the outside as you work. But if one does break, you can put it back into place with broken pieces of toothpicks.
By Patti from Sterling, CO
Are you ready to carve those pumpkins? You may have already but with Halloween landing on a Sunday this year there is always time to do more.
Here are some sites with lots of information on pumpkin carving:
This site has all kinds of information about jack o'lanterns, carving instructions and more:
This takes a long time to load but the spider design is cute:
This site has 400 pumpkin patterns:
Some of these are pretty awful (definitely not for the faint at heart or young children) but if you want some really strange ideas for pumpkin carving plus some tips and stencils:
There are also white pumpkins that make a pretty strange looking jack o'lantern so you might want to try one of those.
Have fun and don't let the goblins get you!
Carved jack-o-lanterns only last a little while. You can extend the life of the lil'Critter by taping (double sided tape) black construction paper cut into eyes/nose/mouth shapes until just a day or two before Halloween. When ready to carve, just remove, and have fun : )
By Doggy from SA TX
Skip the Mask and Use Makeup Instead
Skip the mask this Halloween and use makeup instead. Masks are hot and uncomfortable and they limit kids vision. They also really scare the little kids. Use your cosmetics or Halloween make-up and everyone will be more comfortable and safer!
By Linda L from Vista, CA