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PUMPKIN CARVING TIPS FOR JAZZY JACK-O’-LANTERNS

They glow from front steps and twinkle from windows, warmly greeting trick-or-treaters and their protective entourages. Carving smiling (or scary!) jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween is one of those long-standing traditions that never gets old.

But to make the cut as the neighborhood pumpkin-carving Michelangelo (or Edward Scissorhands), you need more than just a sharp knife; a bit of how-to common sense and carving acumen helps, too. With that in mind, here are some tips that’ll make pumpkin carving safer and more fun for all.

1. USE YOUR GOURD AND PICK WISELY

  • Look for an unbruised fruit with a flat base so it can’t roll. Check out the bottom, too; soft spots or punctures will lead to rot.
  • Another clue to a healthy pumpkin—a sturdy stem. (But never use the stem to lift a pumpkin!)
  • Also keep in mind that larger pumpkins are easier to carve. Smaller ones are better suited for cooking because their flesh is more tender and flavorful.

2. GET THE INSIDES OUTTA THERE

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