If you’re one of those who are always excited about Halloween and wants to learn how to carve pumpkins, you can use this guide so you can practice early. Carving pumpkins have a long history and people have been doing it for years. But there are more to pumpkins than just a sweet food and a Halloween icon. Here are some informative pumpkin facts.
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History of the Jack O’ Lantern
So where did carving pumpkins or Jack O’ Lantern start? Every October, carved pumpkins are very famous on people’s doors, yards, or windows. It’s an icon of the Halloween season. Jack O’ Lantern came from an Irish folklore about a man with the name of Stingy Jack. The tradition came to America and it became famous all over the world. This is great to know before learning how to carve pumpkins.
People have been carving pumpkins or jack o’ lanterns for centuries. According to the folk tale, the man Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have some drinks and Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin so he could use it to pay. The devil did but Jack kept the money so the devil could not turn himself back. Eventually, Jack freed the devil in the condition that he will not bother Jack for one year. He pulled other tricks on the devil.
When Jack died, God did not allow Jack into heaven and the devil would not let him in hell either. Instead, he sent Jack out into the night with only a burning coal to light his way. He put the coal into a turnip that he carves and he has been roaming the earth with it since then. The Irish refer to the story of the figure of Jack as “Jack of the Lantern” and over the years, it became jack o’ lantern.
People soon made their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces on turnips and when they went to the US, they found that pumpkins make the perfect jack o’ lanterns.
How to Carve Pumpkins
It’s quite easy to master how to carve pumpkins but you must be careful when handling tools like knives.
Choose Your Pumpkin
The first thing you need when learning how to carve pumpkins is of course to have the perfect pumpkin to carve. Choose a large one that you think will fit a good scary face.
Cut Off the Crown
Using a sharp serrated knife, cut off the crown of the pumpkin and make sure that it’s even on all sides.
Scoop Out Seeds
Use a large serving spoon to scoop out the seeds and fibers inside the pumpkin and discard them. After that, remove some of the flesh inside.
Draw a simple outline of your scary face using a marker. This is an essential step in how to carve pumpkins because it will determine the look of your jack o’ lantern. Then use a smaller knife to cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Light It Up
Put in some tea light inside the pumpkin and light it up to complete the perfect Halloween décor. Replace the crown and place the pumpkin in your yard or wherever you want to scare some kids.
It’s important to remember that safety comes first so when learning how to carve pumpkins, always cut away from you to avoid accidents.