“Last year, I painted a cute pumpkin for our front door,” I said to our lovely editor, Gretchen. “Polkadots, a monogrammed ‘W’… it was cute.”
“That’s cheating,” she said. “It doesn’t count if you don’t have orange pulp hanging off your hands and orange stains on your shirt sleeves.”
She has a point. Even the kids painted their own mini-pumpkins, and standing back to admire our creations after such a pulpless process was slightly anticlimactic. I wanted to make sure our pumpkins were happy and colorful — not monstrous-looking and scary. We were successful in that, but we couldn’t even use candles. And everything smelled like paint instead of raw pumpkin pulp. This year, we’re breakin’ out the carving knife to create some traditional jack-o’-lanterns! If you are, too, here’s a little guide to help turn your quest for the perfect carved pumpkin into a fun family event!
Pumpkin Carving Tips and Non-Scary Patterns: