Pumpkin Carving 101

10 simple steps to carving the perfect Halloween pumpkin

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Carving a jack-o’-lantern is as easy as pumpkin pie -- really! To carve your own pumpkin, all you need is a basic pumpkin-carving kit (available at party stores), a kitchen knife, a large spoon, painter’s tape and a template. Use the small serrated knife from the pumpkin-carving kit to cut out your design; those knives are easier to handle and much safer to use than regular kitchen knives. And be sure to protect your work surface by covering it with a newspaper or a drop cloth.

Need a template? Click here to download!

Here are step-by-step instructions for carving the perfect pumpkin:

Photo: The Nest