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How to Carve a Pumpkin for Halloween

What is more frightening than a spooky jack-o'-lantern peering out a window on Halloween night?

To help you carve your pumpkin Squigly has given you these guidelines to follow. What kind of face your jack-o'-lantern will have is up to you.

Make sure you have the help of a grownup and are wearing old clothes or a smock to make this craft. This is a very messy job.

Halloween Craft: Pumpkin Carving

What you need:

What you do:

  1. Prepare your work area by covering it with newspaper. Make sure you and your helper are wearing old clothing or smocks.
  2. Draw a circle around the pumpkin stem. Make sure it is large enough for you to reach your hand in. Have the grownup help you to cut out the circle. Cut on a slant so that the bottom of your lid will be smaller than the top. This will ensure that the lid does not fall into the pumpkin.
  3. Reach into the pumpkin and pull out all the seeds, string and pulp. Once you have cleaned out as much as you can use a spoon to scrape out the rest.
  4. Draw a face on the pumpkin with a marker. Ask your grown up helper to help you cut out the face. The smaller your design, the harder it will be to cut it out.
  5. Place your pumpkin in a visible spot, making sure it is not close to anything flammable.
  6. Place the votive candle in the bottom of your pumpkin. Ask a grown up to light the candle for you. Place the lid on your pumpkin.

Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds can be roasted for a special treat. Wash and dry the pumpkin seeds. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and place the seeds single layer on the cookie sheet. You can sprinkle the seeds with salt or your favourite spice. Bake the seeds for approximately 30 minutes or until the seeds are golden brown. Please ask a grownup to help you with the baking.

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