A carved pumpkin is one of those Halloween traditions. At this time of year, you see them outside most houses. Some are carved in a simplistic way and others appear more complex using additional ingredients to create finer detail throughout the pumpkin.
Traditionally it wasn’t just pumpkins that were carved but many types of squash, and turnip vegetables.
You should check your area. But in ours, the rule is; that if someone does not have any Halloween based decorations up. It is a clear signal that they do not celebrate this holiday and do not want people knocking on their door.
At this time, you should respect their privacy, and should bear in mind that they could have disabilities or could be elderly. Please remain mindful and make sure your children do too.
We are going to guide you on how to make an easy carved pumpkin in five simple steps!
Choose your pumpkin (For children, you could use a smaller pumpkin. Overall you should check for damage, bruising or decay before purchasing to avoid it breaking upon carving)
Start by drawing your design. (Think facial features – eyes, mouth, teeth, etc)
Once it has all been drawn, cut the top off so that you can begin hollowing it out removing the pulp and seeds. (You can roast these seeds following a recipe or alternatively use them later for decorating your pumpkin.)
An adult should carve the pumpkin unless your child aged 12+ has a safe to use pumpkin carving kit which is sold in most supermarkets.
To finish you could use some of that pulp in the pumpkins mouth, place the top back onto the pumpkin and if you’d like you could place a small candle inside to illuminate it at night time.
How long will carved pumpkins last?
Whilst it does depend on the freshness of the pumpkin, they do usually only keep for about 3-5 days. If however, you live in a colder climate, it is possible for it to last up to 2 weeks. That being said there are some things that you can do to make it last longer.
I wouldn't exactly recommend them because they are not ecological but spraying the pumpkin daily with a water blend with a few drops of bleach can help to keep it clean, thus preserving it and causing it to decay slower.
If you do decide to use bleach, you must not use a candle inside as it could be a fire hazard. A candle inside, in general, will cause the pumpkin to deteriorate much faster and after it has dried it, it will start to collapse. If you can go for one of those battery-powered flickering lights.
Happy Halloween from Carved Culture!