Carving jack-o’-lanterns is a Halloween tradition that dates back to early 19th century Ireland. Back then, it was turnips with demonic faces to scare away lost souls. These days, in the United States, picking out a pumpkin and carving it is an integral, fun part of the All Hallows’ Eve celebrations for kids and adults alike, and a great way to decorate your home for the holiday.
Whether you want to go for an artistic effort or a traditional face with crude triangular eyes and a toothy grin, follow these steps to learn how to carve a pumpkin safely and successfully.
Equipment / Tools
- 1 Large spoon or ice cream scoop
- 1 Tracing marker
- 1 Serrated kitchen knife or pumpkin carving saw
- 1 Pile of old newspapers
- 1 Candle or battery-operated light