How to carve a pumpkin

Follow our four easy steps to carve your very own jack-o'-lantern pumpkin for Halloween

How to carve a pumpkin

Cutting off pumpkin crown
1. Choose a large pumpkin and use a sharp serrated knife to cut off the crown.





Scooping out pumpkin seeds and fibres

2. Using a large serving spoon, scoop out the seeds and fibres and discard. Then remove some of the flesh.





Drawing pumpkin face
3. With a marker pen, draw a simple outline of a face on the pumpkin. Use a small serrated knife to cut out the eyes, nose and mouth. Always cut away from you in case the knife slips.




carved pumpkin
4. Pop a tea light inside the pumpkin, light it and replace the crown.





Want to know what to make with the flesh?

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More about pumpkin

Find out how to choose, prepare and cook pumpkins in the Good Food glossary.

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