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How to carve a pumpkin

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Are you having a Halloween party, or just want to set the mood for trick-or-treaters? Follow our four easy steps to carving your own jack-o'-lantern pumpkin.

If you're looking for more inspiration on what to carve, check out our easy pumpkin carving ideas or browse our pumpkin carving templates.

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How to carve the perfect pumpkin...

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

2. Using a large serving spoon, scoop out the seeds and fibres and discard. Then remove some of the flesh. Try our roasted pumpkin seeds recipe for a tasty snack.

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.

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

More pumpkin carving advice:

For more tips on how to carve the perfect pumpkin, watch our cookery team in action:

Read our Top 10 pumpkin carving tips for more advice on making your Jack o'lantern stand out from the crowd.

What to make with pumpkin flesh...

Halloween pumpkin cake
Pumpkin hummus
Pumpkin curry with chickpeas
Pumpkin & parsnip cassoulet
Easy pumpkin chutney
Pumpkin recipe collection
Healthy pumpkin & squash recipes
Pumpkin glossary page

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