Happy Halloween everyone. We carved pumpkins with Dylan, Keira and their cousin Rihaan. The kids were very excited to pick out their pumpkins and decide how to carve them. Dylan and Keira also dressed up as the Green Ninja and Cinderella. We are excited to share our Halloween weekend with you.
Every year, Shruthi or Brian carve pumpkins with the kids. This year, cousin Rihaan joined the fun, along with his parents, Yogitha and Nitesh.
Below are our tips for carving your pumpkins:
Select the Right Pumpkin: Pumpkins grow on vines and rest on the ground, so we recommend choosing a thick pumpkin with a greenish stem, no bruises and a flat bottom. Avoid pumpkins with blemishes, soft spots (like any other fruit) or uneven bottom (will roll).
Wait to Carve Your Pumpkin: Pumpkins last a really long time until you carve them. Once you start cutting into them, they start to decompose. Carve your pumpkin 2-3 days before you want to display it (i.e. if you want it for Halloween, don’t carve it at the beginning of October).
Sketch or Print out your Design: Pro-tip use a dry eraser or just carve with printout.
Cut the Lid on a Slight Angle, not straight up-and-down: The lid will lie on top vs drop straight into the pumpkin
Carve with a Small Paring Knife: These are great for carving designs into the pumpkin
Scoop Out All the Pulp: Scrape the walls thin to keep the inside dry and last longer
Use a Large Metal Spoon or Ice Cream Scoop to Remove Pumpkin Seeds:
Avoid the Driveway: Concrete will rot the pumpkin quickly, so it’s better to display the pumpkin on the grass.
Use an LED Light Instead of a Candle: Candles will heat up the insides of a pumpkin.
Spread Vaseline on the Cut Edges: Petroleum jelly will seal in moisture.
Hope you have a fabulous Halloween. Here’s an adorable video featuring our little pumpkins. Stay tuned for pictures of the Green Ninja and Cinderella.
“When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween”––Anonymous