Pumpkin Carving

How to Carve a Jack-o-Lantern

in 7 Easy Steps

To carve a Jack-o-Lantern you will need the following materials:
1 Pumpkin
1 Medium Serving Spoon
1 Medium Knife
1 Small Knife
Medium bowl
1 Dry Erase Marker
1 Candle
1 lighter

Step 1: Preparing for Carving    

  • Cover your working surface with newspaper.

Step 2: Cutting Out the Stem     

  • Cut a hole around the stem at about a 45-degree angle towards the center of the pumpkin big enough for your hand to fit through.
    • WARNING-If the cut is not at an angle the stem will fall into the pumpkin.
    • WARNING-Save the stem.

Step 3: Scooping Out the Pumpkin

  • Using the medium serving spoon, scoop out the seeds and pulp (the orange stringy material inside the pumpkin) and put it in the bowl.

Step 4: Sketching the Face

  • On roundest or best-looking side, sketch the desired face or design of your Jack-o-lantern.

Step 5: Carving the Pumpkin

  • Using the small knife, cut at a perpendicular angle along chosen design. Remove loose pieces of the pumpkin and discard them into the medium bowl.
    • Note-Wipe off the extra dry erase markings when finished cutting out the design.

Step 6: Lighting the Pumpkin

  • Ask a grown-up to light the candle with the lighter and place inside the Jack-o-lantern. Put the stem back on.
    • Note-You can use a battery-operated tea light instead of a candle.

Step 7: Displaying the Jack-o-Lantern: Place the pumpkin where desired.