It’s Halloween weekend!  Are you ready?  I know my kids are so freaking excited they can’t stand it.  Halloween is just simple fun.  I love everything from the pumpkins to the costumes.  We decided to go ahead and decorate our pumpkins yesterday and the boys had a blast.

For many years now I’ve used the push in pumpkin faces and they are fabulous for little kids.  No knives, no mess.  But now that Anthony is getting a little older, he wanted to try carving.  This year I picked up a little carving kit that came with a book of templates and off we went!

Anthony choose a “two pumpkin” difficulty level of a Witch and Cauldron (his is the pumpkin on the right).  It was a lot of work for him, but I am so proud that he cleaned and carved that pumpkin all by himself (dad had to help at the very end because his little hand was hurting).  Even I got in on the fun and carved the boys their choice of “bat-cat.”

If you haven’t done so yet, this weekend is prime time for carving those pumpkins with the kids! It’s a Halloween tradition and Zippo has assembled some easy-to-follow tips so that you’ll be able to hit the ground running.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Pumpkin (keep in mind the smaller the pumpkin, the smaller your design needs to be)
  • Newspaper (keeps the clean-up to a minimum!)
  • Marker
  • Stencils (if you really want to get creative, search online for some cool stencils)
  • Sharp knife/ spoon (tools of the pumpkin carving trade)
  • Small tea-light candle (light up your design so your neighbors can see your creation!)
  • Zippo Flex Neck with a flexible nozzle, you don’t have to worry about burning your fingers when you bring your carving to life!

 

Instructions:

  • Place a pumpkin flat on its bottom, on a flat surface (so the stem is at the top)
  • Draw a circle around the stem with a marker – make sure the circle is large enough so that you can fit your hand through it!
  • Cut around the outline with a long, sharp knife
  • Lift the newly made lid and remove the flesh of the pumpkin with a spoon – if you’re a fan of pumpkin seeds, you can roast them later on for a healthy snack!
  • Rinse the interior, clearing out the remaining flesh, and tip away the waste
  • Draw your design on the front of the pumpkin with a marker or draw around an already-made stencil – have your kids sketch out their designs on a scrap piece of paper and ensure they’re happy with it before they transpose it on the pumpkin!
  • Insert the tip of your knife into the lines drawn and begin carving your design
  • Once your masterpiece is complete, place the small tea-light candle inside the pumpkin
  • Save your fingers from any unnecessary burns by lighting it with a Zippo Fleck Neck. The long, slim, adjustable nozzle will fit right in between the carvings so that you don’t have to remove the candle to light it. Your fingers will thank you, trust us!

Have you carved your pumpkins yet?  What are your tips for making it a fun and safe tradition?