It’s that time of the year. The leaves are changing colors. Birds are preparing to fly south for the winter and an extremely difficult Halloween decision needs to be made. Is it what type and size of candy to hand out to kids? No. Is it which costume my kids and/or I should wear? No. The biggest question is…what design should be carved on my pumpkin?!
This is a very important decision. In my family, I get to prepare and carve five pumpkins. However, this year I will only need to carve three of them because the kids should be old enough to carve their own this year. Fortunately, my kids and wife only require basic carving skills to complete their designs. I, on the other hand, like for my pumpkins to be a bit more advanced. Regardless of how advanced the design you want on your pumpkin, there are several basic steps that need to be followed to create a Gourd-geous work of art.
1. Have a plan:
I usually plan to carve our pumpkins the night before Trick or Treating. If Trick or Treating is on a weekend, I would generally wait until the morning of. Not only does this add to the excitement of the holiday, but if you carve your pumpkin too early, it may rot before Trick or Treat night.
It’s also important to have Make sure you have all the tools for the job. My go to pieces for Pumpkin Artistry are:
The first three items can be bought in a kit at a Halloween store or big box retailer. Personally, I find a metal scoop works much better than the small plastic versions that typically come with pumpkin carving kits.
2. Prepare the pumpkin:
This is typically everyone’s least favorite part of carving the pumpkin but taking the time to properly prep before carving makes all the difference in the final product.
3. Design and carve your pumpkin:
It’s all about creating a plan of attack. Whether you are freelancing, or working on an intricate design, taking time to form a plan of what you’re intended design will be is vital to the process.
Mistakes are bound to happen. Do not be afraid of them.
The most important thing is to have fun. The mess, the mistakes, they are all part of the experience. If you focus on the fun (and safety) you’ll create fun Halloween memories for years to come.
Matthew lives outside Richmond, VA with his wife and 3 beautiful children. Matthew is an avid fan both as a player and spectator. He is also a collector of vintage Ninja Turtle paraphernalia as well as a member of the #LittleWheelsBigHearts charitable initiative.