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.





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

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    2nd Nov, 2014
    Try and make your pumpkins as imaginative as possible and then it will be a real eye-opener.