Pumpkin Carving Techniques So Easy It’s Scary [Infographic]

Posted by Living In Chico Team

October 22, 2018

carved halloween pumpkinsDid you know that carving pumpkins originated in Ireland? Ancient Celtic cultures would actually carve turnips (pumpkins didn’t exist in Ireland) on All Hallow’s Eve and place an ember in them to ward off evil spirits. The Irish brought the tradition to America which has turned into a favorite October pastime for all ages and skills.

Are you planning on carving a pumpkin to put on display at your apartment? You can find your perfect pumpkin at a number of pumpkin patches in Chico. So, whether you’re after a pumpkin design that has a fright-factor or friendly-factor, find your ideal canvas then learn how to carve a pumpkin like a pro with the tips below.

Posted by: Real Simple

How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro

Set yourself up for carving success by selecting a pumpkin in its prime. Choose one with an intact stem—the greener the better. “The stem is the lifeline to the pumpkin, providing moisture and nutrients even after it’s been cut from the vine,” says Marc Evan, of ManiacPumpkinCarvers.com. “A missing stem or one that’s brown and brittle means your pumpkin won’t last as long.”

Keep your uncarved pumpkin out of direct sunlight and as cool as possible, and don’t carve it until right before your Halloween party or the big night itself. While an intact pumpkin can easily last a month or more, once you carve it, you’re looking at a life expectancy of as little as three days to maaaybe three weeks. “It is a piece of fruit,” Evan says. (For maximum longevity, he stores pumpkins—carved or not—wrapped in plastic wrap in a cool basement or refrigerator when not on display.)

howtocarvepumpkin_realsimple_libbyvanderploeg[Source: RealSimple.comillustration by Libby VanderPloeg]

Have you ever considered cutting an opening in the back of the pumpkin instead of cutting the top off? Brilliant! And using LED strings lights or a tea lite are great ways to light your pumpkin for trick-or-treaters and not have to worry about any fire danger. Pumpkin preservation is also a great idea –- so you can enjoy your creation for as long as possible without getting frightened by the rot.

However, if you think carving a pumpkin sounds too messy and time consuming, try these other pumpkin decorating ideas for your apartment. From spray painting pumpkins to creating DIY centerpieces and vases, you can still create something festive.

Once your pumpkin is ready, put it on display for all your apartment neighbors to see by setting it on your front porch, your patio railing, or keep it safe and sound inside for visitors to enjoy!

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Topics: Holidays, Fall in Chico, Decorating your Apartment