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Pumpkin Carving Parties!!!

After your pumpkins have ripened, it's time to harvest them, and put them on display. Fall is a great time..... you and your pumpkin will enjoy every minute of it. As Halloween nears, it's time to have a pumpkin carving party, so your pumpkin will glow brightly on Halloween night! 

A carving party may include carving, painting or decorating pumpkins. Or, all three!

Timing is Everything:

When it comes to carving pumpkins, timing is everything. A healthy pumpkin can keep for months. Once you carve them, its days are numbered. When exposed to the air, the inside can quickly turn moldy. The warmer the weather in your area, the faster this will happen. In a warm environment, this may be just a matter of a couple of days. Carved pumpkins kept indoors in a warm house, will turn moldy faster than a pumpkins kept outdoors in cool weather.

Plan to carve your pumpkins into Jack O Lanterns, just a couple days before Halloween. That way, they will still be good on the big night!

Tip: Put carved pumpkins in a cool garage or even the refrigerator overnight. They will last longer.

Preparing for the Pumpkin Carving Party:

Jack O'Lanterns are the center of attraction at the carving parties. There are things you may want to do, and items you will want to have handy, before the carving pumpkins into great works of art.

Start by considering the age of the group and  the patience level of the pumpkin carvers. Older "kids" with lots of patience, may carve their pumpkins free form. Or, they may prefer challenging, detailed stencils.

Younger children, and those with short attention spans, need simple patterns. Or, you may want to consider painting pumpkins. It's quick and easy, and most kids love to paint. Another option, is to decorate pumpkins. You can also get pumpkin parts- eyes, noses and mouths that stick onto the pumpkin. This is perfect for the littlest "carvers".


Also see Halloween Pumpkin Painting Kits

Pumpkin Carving Stencils and Patterns:

Pumpkin Carving Pattern book

Have plenty of patterns and stencils available. Artists will have varying tastes. Some will want friendly patterns. For others, the more scary, the better.  

Also see Halloween Pumpkin Carving Kits

Preparing the Pumpkins:

For the little ones, and larger groups, it is best to prepare the pumpkins in advance. Cut off the lids. Scrape out the insides. Now, all the participants need to do, is carve the pumpkins!

Save the seeds for roasting at the party. There's nothing better than hot, roasted pumpkin seeds, fresh out of the oven.

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

No Carving Party is complete without roasting pumpkin seeds. While everyone is busy creating works of art, the seeds can be roasting in the oven. Then, everyone can enjoy hot, fresh and healthy pumpkin seeds.

Find Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes

Pumpkins and Your Health

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More Information:

For Halloween fun and fun with pumpkins, see the internet authority on pumpkins....... Pumpkin Nook!!!

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Pumpkin Picking Tips - How to pick perfect pumpkin pumpkins - - out in the pumpkin patch or at the store.

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