I have this thing with pumpkins. Baked into pies or soups, carved into lanterns, transformed into syrup or decorating a doorstep, there’s just something special about these bright orange gourds that I adore. I start eating them as soon as I can start getting hold of them, usually in mid september, but tend to leave carving for a slightly more seasonally appropriate time. I thought the week before halloween was as good as any, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to carve a pumpkin while wearing my new pumpkin sweatshirt!
I’m sure you know what you’re doing, but just in case you aren’t sure, carving them couldn’t be simpler. You’ll need a sharp knife, a spoon, and a permanent pen. First up, you’ll need to slice out a hole in the top, but cut at an angle so you can pop it back on as a lid later. Using a spoon, scrape out the insides of the pumpkin. Pull out the seeds to roast separately if you like, or just chuck them if you can’t be bothered. I tend to leave these ‘monster’ pumpkins purely for carving and save the cooking to the more tasty, smaller pumpkins.
Next up, draw out your carving plans. Check out pinterest if you get stuck as there are so many amazing ideas and designs. I wasn’t feeling so arty so went for the classic smiling pumpkin face! Using a sharp knife, cut along your lines to carve out your design.
Lastly, pop in a tealight candle and you’re done! Optional extras include parading your pumpkin around the house as it matches your jumper perfectly. I’m planning on carving a few more then popping them out on the doorstep for Halloween night. They make the sweetest decorations and are a fabulous way to add an autumn glow to an otherwise dark and spooky street! My epic pumpkin jumper is from Ellie Ellie, I think we could all do with a little more pumpkin attire in our lives!