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Pumpkin Carving
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Six great templates and some handy tips on how to get the most out of carving a pumpkin with your kids

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Pumpkin carving is a great activity for dads and kids to do together. There are hundreds of websites with pumpkin carving templates to help you make your pumpkin a little bit different. I have no problem with being different - the trouble, is that most of the websites out there seem to have templates that you’d need to be a graduate sculptor to follow.
. . . For me the fun of carving a pumpkin to make a Jack-O-Lantern, is seeing your own design come to life; and you don’t have to be Michelangelo to carve a fun looking pumpkin. As you would expect from dadcando, we have provided six, easy to carve, free pumpkin carving templates to get you going, but also some pumpkin blanks, so that you can design your own. Click on the thumbnail that matches your paper size, below.
. . . Below you’ll find some handy tips, but the two most important things to remember are, design your pumpkin first on a piece of paper and cut out the holes using a junior hacksaw blade (small metal work saw blade), which is much safer and more easy to control than a knife.

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Follow these simple tips, for a great pumpkin carving session:

Place the pumpkin on newspaper

Pumpkin seeds and innards are slimy and sticky and make an awful mess, so putting paper down first does make it much easier to clear up afterwards. Get the kids to put on aprons or an old T-shirt.

Cut a big hole in the top

You should carefully cut a circle around the stem of the pumpkin, using a knife with a long strong blade. Make the hole big enough to comfortably get your hand through. Make sure that you cut round at an angle so that the top can not fall through when you put it back on later. It also helps if you make a short flat edge, so that you can easily see which way round the lid goes on.

Scoop the seeds out with your hands

Err gross... those seeds are really slimy, if scooping them out doesn't get you in the Halloween mood, then nothing will and it has a really memorable yuk factor. Don't hog this part, your children should be doing this much more hands on fun than a Wii! Don't throw the seeds away. Put them in a colander or sieve, rise them and lay them out on a baking tray. Drizzle some olive (or other cooking oil) on them, sprinkle them with some salt and pepper and bake them in a hot oven for about 5 or 6 minutes for a very tasty nibble.

Scoop out the pumpkin pulp

Scoop out the insides with a very strong spoon, or better still a sturdy ice cream scoop. Let your children do this as much as they can, but be prepared to help and to finish off, because it does get boring and it can take quite a bit of strength; those pumpkins don't give up easily.

Select the best looking side

Pumpkins are natural and they will often have blemishes. Obviously you chose the best ones in the shop, or if you are lucky enough to have one, from the pumpkin patch. Now, check round the pumpkin to get the smoothest side.

Transfer your design on the pumpkin

Having either designed your jack-o-lantern on one of the blanks provided, or printed out a suitable ready made design from dadcando (or any other website), position the design on the pumpkin.
. . . Hold the design in place with Tape or BluTak (putty glue) and using a large nail, small knitting needle or chopstick, push through the design into the pumpkin at a few key points in the design (usually the corners of the eyes and mouth. Carefully remove the paper and then complete the design with a water based (washable) felt pen (so that you can wash it off later), using the paper design template as a guide.

Carve the pumpkin using a hacksaw blade

Using the holes you made earlier as starting points, poke a small metalwork saw blade through the pumpkin and cut out the shape. This is easy and quite safe for children to do. Do not let children use sharp knives to cut out the pumpkin. Pumpkins are hard to hold still, are a weird shape and can be very slippery, all of which can add up to a serious accident, which would really spoil your evening.
. . . Push the cut outs through from the inside.

Set your candle and make a smoke hole

Cut a small hole in the lid, behind the stem to let out the heat and smoke from the candle.
. . . As it gets dark, place a tea light candle inside the pumpkin and carefully light. Remember to treat tea lights with respect. Even though they are small, they get very hot and they can set fire to soft furnishings and curtains. Never let children play with lit candles.

Six free templates to get you going

Kids will find the faces easy to cut out, but Howl, Mewl and Flap might take a little more skill so you might find yourself helping with these. Click on the image you want to carve and a simplified outline will download as a PDF ready for you to print and draw round or copy onto your pumpkin.

free pumpkin carving template dazed free pumpkin carving template old toothless free pumpkin carving template no more mr. nice guy free pumpkin carving template Howl free pumpkin carving template mewl free pumpkin carving template flap

When you go out trick or treating, remember to be fair. Some people don’t like being tricked on Halloween. Old people especially can be annoyed or frightened by the thought of being tricked or having their property damaged. To be safe, only knock on doors that are showing a pumpkin in the window, that way you’ll know that the people that live there want to have Halloween fun. Always make sure you know where your children are especially when it is dark.

Have fun carving.

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