I am a dyed-in-the-wool, witch hat wearing, Snickers bar hoarding, Halloween freak. I'm basically a creature of the night at this point in the year and I'll make no apologies for it. If my kids are a little tired of Hocus Pocus, they can deal with it. (After all, I watched Caillou with them as toddlers, and I'll never get those hours back.) One of my all-time favorite activities is making Jack-O-Lanterns. It lets me be both stabby and artistic at the same time. What could be better? So for your benefit, here are my top 10 pumpkin carving hacks to make your squash a little more gourd-geous.
The main thing you want to consider when you're carving a pumpkin is if you're doing it alone or if you expect your kids to help you out. If it's the latter, you might want to consider how you can make it a full experience for them without necessarily doing any of the cutting. You can have them pick the pumpkin, do the scooping, and even draw the stencil onto the skin, but until they're old enough not to cut off a thumb in the process, that's where their involvement will end. You might also consider painting your pumpkins as opposed to carving them. Acrylic and tempera paints work best on the smooth skin of the holiday squash. As for a full Jack-O-Lantern, make sure your tools are sharp, and your hand is steady.