Pumpkinhead wants to know, “How do
you carve a jack-o-lantern?”
Legend says there was once an Irishman named Jack. He promised the devil his soul, then tricked him into
letting him out of the deal. When Jack died, he was not allowed into heaven. The devil was too angry to let him
into hell and Jack was forced to head back to earth. Bold as ever, Jack asked the devil for a way to light his path
back. The devil threw a bit of Hell’s fire at him, which he caught in a turnip.
Now-a-days, we carve a pumpkin instead of a turnip and we light it with candles.
First thing you need when carving a jack-o-lantern is a pumpkin.
Next, you need to select a sharp knife and cut a whole in the top of the pumpkin. Put a notch in
the circle so that you know how to put the lid back on.
Use a large spoon to scrape out the inside of the pumpkin.
Cut the guts off the lid and dump all the guts into a bowl.
Search through the guts for seeds to roast.
Your hands will get gunky, but it’s worth it!
I like to roast the seeds while I’m carving the pumpkin.
1) Coast a baking pan with canola oil.
2) Rinse the seeds and place them on the pan.
3) Sprinkle the seeds with a liberal amount of seasoning salt and roast at 350 degrees
for about 15 minutes.
Pick a design and carve the pumpkin with a sharp knife. You can draw the design on the pumpkin
or carve it free-hand.
Make sure to put the pumpkin guts in the compost bin when the carving is done.
• I’m also going
to throw the
bin in a couple
of days before
Put your pumpkin outside to show the trick-or-treaters that you will be handing out candy!