Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How to Make a Jack O'Lantern

two big pumpkins

At the grocery store or pumpkin patch, obtain the largest pumpkin you can find; it must weigh at least as much as the child whose job it is to carve it.

Hubby cutting the top off of a pumpkin

When cutting the top, be sure to tip the knife inward so that the "lid" falls repeatedly onto the candle once the Jack O'Lantern is done.

Curly reaching into a pumpkin with a spoon

Remove the "guts" using a spoon. Since the average gut-removal speed for a four-year-old is one gut per hour, you might want to provide assistance.

hubby picking through a bowl of seeds

Save some pumpkin seeds to roast. The ideal way to do this is to salt them well, then let them grow moldy in the fridge. That's what we did last year, anyway.

Little Mister drawing circles and swirls on a pumpkin

Draw a face on the pumpkin that's easy to carve.

Mister holding up the zigzag mouth piece to his own mischievous smile

The pieces removed from the pumpkin actually serve much more functional purposes in terms of entertainment than the gourd itself.

the face pieces set out on the table

It's sort of a negative white space concept.

pumpkins on the front porch with smiling kids.  Curly's looks like a robot.

When finished set them in the place mostly likely to be eaten by cats.

Happy Jack O'Lantern making!

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