Even five years ago, you’d be lucky to find a carving pumpkin in Australia at Halloween. Now you can walk into your local supermarket or fruit store, and chances are they can help you out. But finding them is one thing, carving is another.
There are some simple rules to follow when carving your lantern.
USE THE RIGHT TOOLS: If you decide to use your best, sharpest knife, you’re probably going to be able to make your own horror movie when you’re finished; pumpkins ‘bleed’ when they’re cut, making them quite slippery so stick to a proper carving kit – and keep your fingers.
START SIMPLE: Like most things, practice makes perfect when carving your Jack o’lantern. Start with a simple design and when you’re learning to get the hang of it, you then start to create more complex designs.
Take your time: Even in the warmer Australian climate, you pumpkin will keep once cut for at least a few days, so don’t leave carving until the last minute when you’ll be rushed and risk injury, or end up with a really dodgy looking Jack o’lantern.
KEEP AN EYE ON THEM: Once you’ve carved your masterpiece, put a lit tealight candle inside to light it up, but never leave your lit Jack o’lantern unsupervised indoors and take the lid off to prevent it catching on fire. A safer option are battery powered tealight candles that last for ages and even flicker to give your pumpkin a truly eerie appearance. You can leave these unsupervised without fear of burning your house down.