Get Set for Halloween with Pumpkin Carving!

Published: Wednesday 21st Oct 2015

Pumpkin carving really sets the scene for Halloween and it’s surprisingly simple to do, all you need are a few essentials and someone to help. We have listed below some simple instructions to get you started!

You will need:

An AdultA pumpkinA plain piece of paper and a penA marker penA large serrated knifeA small serrated knifeA large spoonA single tealightMatches or a lighter

Step 1: Select your pumpkin and draft a design on a spare piece of paper.

Step 2: Using the large knife cut off the crown of the pumpkin.

Step 3: Scoop out the flesh and seeds and discard (or alternatively why not save this and bake some pumpkin goodies?! See below!).

Step 4: Using a marker pen, draw your design onto the surface of the pumpkin. Then using a smaller knife cut the eyes, nose and mouth according to your design (please remember to cut away from you in case the knife slips!).

Step 5: Light a tealight and place inside your pumpkin and replace the crown on the top.

Ta dah!

So what to do with all that pumpkin flesh and seeds? Why not make a pumpkin hummus or add it to a soup recipe – or better still transform a lasagne into a vegetarian friendly one?  Pumpkin is very versatile so don’t let yours go to waste!

Alternatively if you fancy making a day of it with the kids why not visit Sutton Hoo this October half term and join in the fun of Pumpkin Carving? This event is being held on Monday 26th October at 11.00am and Saturday 31st October at 4.00pm (suitable for children 5 years of age and older). Tickets can be purchased on the day.

NB: Personal safety is crucial when coming into close contact with sharp objects and fire therefore children should be supervised by an adult at all times.