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How to Carve a Pumpkin | The Allstate Blog

Carving a Pumpkin With a Pro: Tips and Tricks

October is here and there's nothing quite like carving a pumpkin to get you into the Halloween spirit. Steve Dahlke — a professional pumpkin carver for more than 20 years — demonstrates a few tips, tricks and hacks which might come in handy for you this Halloween. Happy carving! [info_banner]… Allstate https://i1.wp.com/blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/man-in-blue-shirt-using-a-marker-on-pumpkin_iStock_cropped.jpg?fit=684%2C456&ssl=1
man in blue shirt drawing on pumpkin with a black marker.

October is here and there’s nothing quite like carving a pumpkin to get you into the Halloween spirit. Steve Dahlke — a professional pumpkin carver for more than 20 years — demonstrates a few tips, tricks and hacks which might come in handy for you this Halloween. Happy carving!

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Originally published on October 1, 2015.

Pumpkin Carving Pro Tips

Gather the right tools.

Supplies needed: Newspaper, marker, large bowl, plastic tub, rubber gloves, safety knife, chisel, clay scraper, hot sauce, cayenne pepper powder, petroleum jelly, water and bleach.

Use a safety knife from a carving kit. 

Make sure adults always do the carving.

Cut a hole in the bottom.

This allows for easier cleaning.

Draw the design with a marker.

Carve from top to bottom.

Carving tip: Have fun with the pumpkin scraps!

Pumpkin preservation tip: Spray with a 50/50 mix of bleach and water or coat with petroleum jelly.

Keep critters away: Brush on hot sauce or sprinkle with cayenne pepper powder.

Lighting tip: Use LED or electric lights or glow sticks to help prevent fire hazards.

Happy Halloween!