Do you know how to carve a pumpkin? Now that we’re in October, it’s time to get the lowdown. Today we’re sharing some all-new tips to help you make this year’s designs the best yet!

We’ve even thrown in a delicious recipe so that you can put the pumpkin seeds to use! Read on and find out how to have the best Halloween ever.

Why do we carve pumpkins?

Although pumpkin carving is mostly an American tradition, it originated from an Irish myth. The legend of “Stingy Jack” describes how a man, named Jack, had a drink with the devil.

Not wanting to pay the bill, Jack had the devil turn himself into a coin so that they could pay for the drinks. Jack decided to keep the coin for himself, storing it next to a silver cross in his pocket that would stop the devil from changing back.

Eventually, Jack freed the devil but only if he promised not to claim Jack’s soul. When Jack died, he was not allowed into heaven or hell. The devil sent Jack off with a burning coal to light the way. He placed the coal into a carved turnip, much like the pumpkins we display now.

The name Jack-O’-Lantern derives from the Irish naming of his ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern”. They would make their own lanterns to ward off evil spirits. The tradition was taken to America, where they found pumpkins to be the perfect gourd for carving!

Safety advice

Never let children carve pumpkins unless under your total supervision and preferably using a safe pumpkin carving kit.

They can still get involved by drawing on designs and hollowing out pumpkins with their hands.

If you’re not ready to get stuck in with knives, opt for a no-carve pumpkin design so that they can get involved decorating it with paints and glitter.

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