One of the most memorable and enjoyable family outings is the annual Halloween pumpkin hunt. At a pumpkin patch, a farmer’s stand, markets or your corner grocery store selecting a pumpkin is simple fun entertainment.
If you can get a mixture of ages- grandparents, parents, children you turn this simple activity into a festive family tradition.
After everyone has their perfect pumpkin it is back home for the pumpkin carving party. If you have a warm autumn day spread an old plastic table cloth out on the patio; if the weather has turned cool spread the old table cloth on the kitchen floor.
What you will need:
· Large metal spoons is great for removing the pumpkin seeds.
- Serrated knife, Small, paring knives, X-Acto knife, Pumpkin-carving kits
- There are many candle-free options to light your pumpkin. Check stores for battery-operated tea lights and rainbow LEDs that are made for pumpkins.
- For fresh pumpkins only the final choice is candles, the old standby. Votive or pillar candles, placed on a plate which is large enough to catch any drips, are the best option.
· For no-carve pumpkins use ribbons, stickers, stencils, templates, Toy Pumpkin Push-Ins, faux flowers, paint, yarn, and more.
Now the fun:
1. Pumpkin carving tools need adult supervision.
2. Carve a hole in the pumpkin, keep the top to place on the top
3. Use a large spoon or your hands and Scoop out the pulp and seeds from the inside of your pumpkin. Scrape it as clean as you can.
4. Draw your design on the pumpkin
5. Use a gentle back and forth motion to cut into the pumpkin.
6. Keep following your pattern until you've carved out the entire design.
7. Choose a light source, place pumpkin in a flat safe place and enjoy.
A carved pumpkin will only last for a few days to a week, so it's best to cut your pumpkin no earlier than a few days before your Halloween festivities.
Save and toast the pumpkin seeds:
1. Disentangle them from the stringy filling
2. Rinse them off
3. Toss them with olive oil and salt and scatter on a cookie sheet.
4. Toast for about 25 minutes at 400º
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