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!
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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.