Kenyon Krafts: Pumpkin Carving

Okay, full disclosure: before yesterday, I had never carved a pumpkin. Nor am I particularly crafty, for that matter: In eighth grade, my only B was in art class, due to what my teacher described as “a profound lack of craftsmanship … and also that one time when you threw your sculpture across the room.” But, I have celebrated Halloween at least sixteen times in my life (I can’t really account for Halloweens one and two; those years are kind of a blur), so I’m at least qualified to say that I appreciate the fine art of pumpkin carving. This year, I figured I’d try it myself. Here’s what I did:

Step 1: Cut the top off.

This hole is about to be WAY too small.

Using a knife, preferably one with a serrated edge, cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin. Keep in mind that at some point in the very near future, you’re going to need to stick your arm into that hole, so make sure it’s big enough! The hole that I cut was just large enough that I was able to get in and scoop the pumpkin guts out, but just small enough that it was super difficult and uncomfortable. If the same thing happens to you, do not try expanding the hole to make it larger, because you’re going to need to put the top back on later.

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