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Carve Out Time For A Family

Project: Jack-O-Lanterns

One pleasant way to spend a day in October is to carve Halloween pumpkins with your family. Here are some tips on carving the perfect jack-o-lantern:

✦ Draw a pattern for the pumpkin face on a piece of paper.

✦ Trace your design onto the pumpkin’s exterior.

✦ Cut into the top of the pumpkin at a 45-degree angle to create a “ledge” that won’t allow the top to fall back inside when you place it back on.

✦ Scoop out the seeds and insides of the pumpkin, leaving about one inch in thickness.

✦ Slice out the pattern, working from the center of the design outward. Cut larger areas in chunks to make them easier to remove.