We’ve been doing it wrong all these years! This is the best way to cut into a pumpkin before carving a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. It’s the easiest way to remove the guts from a pumpkin and the safest way to place a candle inside your jack-o-lantern. You won’t have to worry about the candle tipping over, and you won’t burn your wrist trying to light your pumpkin on Halloween night!
This pumpkin carving tip is so simple, but it will seriously change the way you carve your jack-o-lantern forever! The funny thing is, it’s so easy and obvious, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of this awesome little Halloween hack before now.
I’m all for taking short cuts with my jack-o-lanterns. Have you seen my 2-minute pumpkin decorating trick? Hee hee. It’s pretty awesome if you’re running short on time.
Back to cutting into your pumpkin. Let me ask you a question. When you carve your pumpkin, do you cut off the top of the pumpkin to get to the guts? Most people do, and it’s how I always did it until a few years ago, but there’s a much easier way!
A few years ago, it occurred to me to try something different, and I think it really is the best pumpkin carving tip ever!
For starters, it’s a very quick and easy way to gut a pumpkin. It’s also much less messy than the traditional carving method because the guts pretty much come out in one fell swoop but BEST of all… when you carve your pumpkin this way, it makes lighting the candle SO much easier.
My favourite pumpkin carving tip ever:
I cut off the BOTTOM of the pumpkin instead of the top!
That’s right, you cut off the BOTTOM. Seriously. Don’t you wish you’d thought of this years ago?
No more wrestling to get a lit candle down into the bottom of the pumpkin or struggling to light a candle that you’ve already placed inside!
Simply cut a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin, and remove that piece for good. Most of the guts will be pulled out with it, so you’ll only have to give your pumpkin a quick scrape on the inside.
Now, go ahead and carve your jack-o-lantern like you usually would.
And when it’s time to light your pumpkin up:
Simply set your pumpkin over top of a lit candle!
And check out how we decorated our pumpkin this year! No scary faces here! I pulled out he power drill and a large bit, and riddled it with holes! Isn’t it pretty?
What do you think? This sure makes the whole pumpkin thing a bit easier doesn’t it?
However, if you prefer a more traditional jack-o-lantern, here’s a treat for you: over 700 FREE carving stencils for you to get creative with! More than enough to get you and your entire family through a life-time of pumpkin carving!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.