It’s time to carve a Jack-o’-Lantern

Jack-o'-LanternsHalloween is getting nearer by the minute. My kids are so looking forward to wear their horrifying costumes and go around the streets for ‘Trick or Treat?’. Seeing them get so excited makes me go back in time to those good old days which I’ll never forget.

However, I still make my effort when Halloween starts getting nearer. I just love helping out my kids with carving their own Jack-o’-lanterns. It is also a very relaxing time for me as it’s so impressive how distracted they get whilst doing this…and as I know how difficult it is for kids to get distracted with something, I thought I’d share a step-by-step guide for all of you with kids around.

  1. Choose a pumpkin Look for large, ripe pumpkins, with a stem of at least 2 inches high.
  2. Cut out the top and scrape it Draw a circular area around the stem and cut it out at an angle to keep it from slipping. The kids will then enjoy this delightfully slimy job of removing all the seeds and pulp from inside.
  3. Drawing a pattern Let them get creative with drawing a scary or weird face on the pumpkin. (I suggest that a water-based marker is used so that mistakes can be easily removed with a paper towel)
  4. Carve Start carving the face until the design is complete (Always be gentle when using a knife – kids can use a plastic knife). If you cut too much out by mistake, you can repair it using toothpicks.
  5. Light it out! Insert a candle in the pumpkin, close the lid and put the lantern in a place of honour 😉

You can then go ahead and treat yourself with some CyberBingo. Enjoy!

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Gary Beal

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