How to carve a pumpkin

Here's how to carve a pumpkin including a step-by-step pumpkin carving video - Halloween just wouldn't be the same without a scary pumpkin lantern!
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What Halloween celebration is complete without a spookily-carved pumpkin? It may look tricky but it's actually really easy to carve a pumpkin at home (if a little messy!)

We've got together with to create this easy step-by-step guide to pumpkin carving  - it's fun for all the family.

And that's not all! We've even got some free printable Halloween pumpkin patterns so you can create picture-perfect designs.

How to carve a pumpkin

  1. Choose a large, smooth pumpkin.
  2. Grab a sharp knife or small saw to cut off the pumpkin lid.
  3. Insert the knife at a 45 degree angle to stop the lid from sinking when you put it back in.
  4. Use a metal spoon, ice cream scoop or a melon baller to remove the insides of the pumpkin but remember to save the flesh for a tasty recipe.
  5. Find a scary pumpkin carving pattern or draw the outline of a face using a black marker.
  6. If using a template, sellotape it onto the pumpkin and mark it out using a fork.
  7. Use a knife to carve out the design and pop the pieces of pumpkin out into the inside of the pumpkin for a smooth finish.
  8. Pop a candle inside and place outside your front door or in your lounge window.

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Katy goodtoknow Recipes

Watched this video before carving my first ever pumpkin yesterday - some really good tips! And of course, there's the added bonus of making pumpkin soup with all the flesh...

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