Clever Pumpkin Carving Hacks You Have to Try

posted: 10/10/16
by: Amanda Mushro
pumpkin carving

With Halloween just around the corner, it's time to start carving some pumpkins! But before you make a single jack-o-lantern, you have to check out our pumpkin carving hacks. From making your pumpkins last longer to the best tools to use, these pumpkins hacks aren't just clever, they are pretty genius.

  • Start by giving all of your pumpkins a bleach bath. Just fill up your sink with water and a 3-4 tablespoons of bleach. Let your pumpkins go for a swim while the bleach kills any bacteria on the pumpkin. Now your pumpkins will last weeks longer! Just be sure you don't do this with any pumpkins you plan on using for recipes or if you want to eat the seeds.
  • Before you start cutting into your pumpkin, use a dry erase marker to draw out the jack-o-lantern face. This way if you make a mistake, you can simply wipe the marker off and start over.
  • An ice cream scooper is a great tool to use when cleaning out your pumpkin. A melon baller is perfect for smaller pumpkins and gourds.
  • Candles look beautiful inside your jack-o-lantern, but the heat from the candle speeds up the deterioration. So skip the candle and use a battery operated light or a strand of holiday lights.
  • After carving your pumpkin, brush a thin film of petroleum jelly over the inside and carved portions of the pumpkin. This helps to seal in moisture and slow down the breaking down of your pumpkin.
  • Looking to make different shapes and designs on your pumpkin? Just use a cookie cutter and a rubber mallet to carve your pumpkin. Use the mallet to push the cookie cutter into the pumpkin and use a sharp knife to cut out the shapes.
  • Cutting a pumpkin from the bottom makes cleaning easier and makes replacing a candle easier a snap. Just put the pumpkin on top of the candle!
  • Paper stencils have awesome designs for your pumpkins but using those stencils isn't always easy. So start by taping the stencil to your pumpkin and then use a small tack to cut out the shape. Then finish by taking a knife to carve out the shape.