It's Halloween time and that means pumpkin carving time.
Last weekend was the selection process.
Michelle found hers!
I found mine!
And there's Mia's!
Ok, Pumpkins have been selected. Now its time to carve.
Begin by cutting the top off the pumpkin.
There we go!
Michelle did a fancy cut on hers cause she's fancy. I however...
Just hacked the top off as best I could.
Then slap on some rubber gloves (optional) and rip the guts out.
It's a rather tedious process.
Which makes me look rather serious.
Michelle looks rather excited.
Collect all the seeds in a colander to be rinsed and roasted later.
Pick out a design for your pumpkin. Here's mine, I think I'll call it "Fall Foliage Frenzy"
Cut out your design and get your tape ready.
Tape your design to the pumpkin.
Now, with a sharp tool punch holes along the outline of your design.
Once all your holes are punched remove the paper.
It should look a bit like this.
Next, take your pumpkin carving saw and follow the outline you punched. Ya know, connect the dots.
It should look a little like this.
Then slather some petroleum jelly along the edges to keep them from curling.
Then get your candles ready. We forgot to get tea lights so we found some old tins and some Channukah candles and um... improvised.
Then set your pumpkin outside for all to see!
Oh snap! It's October.