It’s Pumpkin Time

Last week I looked at a few fun, easy ways to decorate your home this Halloween but there are few better ways than just picking up a few pumpkins and getting carving. Don’t feel restricted to the regular large orange pumpkin though, there’s plenty you can do with all kinds of pumpkins and squashes. Just get inventive! Here’s my attempt:

Mabel’s Ghostly Pumpkin
     

     

     
1. Find a suitable pumpkin for your design and draw a circle round the top for the lid.
2. Using a kitchen knife cut off the top of the pumpkin.
3. Scoop out the inside. This is my least favourite part. I really like the taste of pumpkin but there’s something about the smell that makes me gag. Needless to say I try to get through this part as quickly as possible.
4. Draw a circle large enough to fit the front of your pumpkin. Pick a suitably festive design and draw it within the circle, making sure part of the design (ideally four parts) touches the outside of the circle.
5. Stick the design to the front of the pumpkin using scelotape or pins.
6. Go over the outline of the design with a series of dots.
7. Remove the paper drawing and go over the dots with some flour to make them more clear.
8. Cut out your design by joining the dots.
9. Put a tea light or battery operated candle inside your pumpkin and turn off all the lights. MINT.

Best of the Rest
Here are a few other great pumpkins I found online:
1. If you are seriously committed or can get a few other people involved try making a group of haunted houses. The best thing is that everyone can have fun with this, making the house as simple or as complicated as you want.
2. Poetry. Print off a good halloweeny poem, like Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ and decoupage it on to a pumpkin using PVA glue and water. The best thing about this design? You don’t have to scoop out the inside of the pumpkin.
3. Another great no carve design is painting your pumpkin black with chalkboard paint. You can write a message or draw a picture using chalk and if you don’t like it or make a mistake, just give it a wipe. Easy, peasy!

That’s it, now get carving and if your pumpkin is especially good, send me a picture, I’d love to see it!