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How to carve the perfect spooky Halloween pumpkin

Carving pumpkins is a tradition that can be traced back for centuries in the UK. The belief is that it is a Celtic tradition that started in Ireland where the carvings were originally done using turnips and potatoes.

Using pumpkin became popular after the Irish immigrants took the tradition to America. The tradition of carving a pumpkin for Halloween and placing it in front of your house is meant to help protect you from evil spirits and ghosts.

The scarier and more grotesque the face the better! So what are you waiting for? This is what you will need to do to create your own spooky Halloween pumpkin.

1 Buy the largest pumpkin you can find.  They can be found at most large grocers and supermarkets.



2 Using a sharp knife start by cutting off the top of the pumpkin and scooping out all the seeds and flesh.  You can make pumpkin soup out of the flesh, if you can be bothered. Once you have scooped out all the flesh get a pen and draw a scary face. Then carefully take your knife, you don’t want to be losing any fingers, and cut out your scary face.



3 Put in a couple of candles in to your pumpkin and replace the top you cut off.



4 Place your pumpkin outside your front door or on the window sill to protect you from the ghostly spirits on 31 October.  But be warned your pumpkin will also attract people who are out for “trick or treat” – which means anyone knocking on your door that says “trick or treat” will be expecting you to open the door and give them some sweets, if you don’t they might play a trick on you……


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