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Halloween Pumpkin Carving Inspirations




From spooky witches, to goofy faces get inspired by these pumpkin carving ideas for your eerie creations.



This year's Halloween festivities will be a little different and limited due to COVID-19. The good news is that pumpkin carving is one of the few activities that you can do at home with your quaranteam. A gathering of ghoulish carved pumpkins on a porch, steps or windowsill, now that says Happy Halloween!


From spooky witches, to goofy faces get inspired by these pumpkin carving ideas for your eerie creations. You don't have to be a master carver. Sometimes, simplicity is key as easy as carving a few holes into your pumpkin. You can also opt to paint your pumpkins with funny faces or different colours, or carve out other types of smaller gourds to decorate inside of your home or as a centerpiece.



The Jack-O-Lantern variety is the most common for carving, but other types and colours can be used as well. I like using the white pumpkins they add a little elegance to your creations. Once carved, pumpkins will generally last up for three to five days depending on the weather.


To help preserve your pumpkin you can soak your carved pumpkin in cold water overnight to keep it hydrated. After drying off the pumpkin, brush vinegar and lemon juice on the outside of pumpkin ( 2 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice to a quart of water). If you want you can rub petroleum jelly all over the edges and on the inside of the pumpkin, this will help the insides from drying out and changing its shape. I don't recommend adding some bleach to prevent mould of your pumpkins because the little critters will surely eat the pumpkins.



Did you know: A jack-o'-lantern (or jack o'lantern) is a carved pumpkin, turnip, or other root vegetable lantern associated with Halloween. Its name comes from the phenomenon of a strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o'-the-wisp or jack-o'-lantern. The name is also tied to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a drunkard who bargains with Satan and is doomed to roam the Earth with only a hollowed turnip to light his way. Jack-o'-lanterns are a yearly Halloween tradition that came to the United States from Irish immigrants.


Happy Halloween and pumpkin carving creations!

Have fun and stay safe!



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