It’s that festive time of year again—the time to pull out the decorations, dust off the costume and ready the candy bowl. With Halloween just around the corner, many of you are probably wondering how to make this year’s fright–filled day one to remember, and luckily for you, we’re here to help! We’ve searched high and low to find the most helpful information, so your Halloween experience is more than just ordinary—it’s haunting!
No Halloween would be complete without the sinister grin of a jack-o-lantern. The unofficial symbol of this chilling season, carved pumpkins are an essential Halloween ingredient. Creating the perfect jack-o-lantern can be challenging, but with these helpful tips, your Halloween experience should be a run through the graveyard
1. Selecting Your Pumpkin: When picking your pumpkin, always check the skin for soft spots, cuts and unsightly bumps. These marks may lend character, but they are also areas prone to rot. For a jack-o-lantern that lasts as long as possible, a smooth, blemish-free pumpkin is the safest bet.
2. Carving Your Pumpkin: Using the appropriate tools will make carving your pumpkin a much simpler task. Pumpkin flesh is dense, so always use serrated edges to carve your jack-o-lantern—and for removing pumpkin pulp, ice cream scoopers do a great job!
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Who said pumpkins are just for carving? There are many uses for this holiday squash besides the obvious Halloween lantern, so take a stab at some fun activities and see a different side of your pumpkin!
1. Pumpkin Bowling: To have some extra fun, set up some make-use bowling pins, remove the stem of your pumpkin and use it in place of a bowling ball! Watching your misshaped pumpkin roll crookedly toward the pins will keep you happily entertained.
2. Table Decor: You can enjoy the natural beauty of your pumpkin by adding some colorful enhancements. Remove the pumpkin stem and hot glue flowers and other festive decorations to the top of your squash. With festive arrangements, your pumpkin will look out of this world!
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