You're probably thinking, how hard is it to carve a pumpkin?  You cut the top off, scoop out the guts, make a face, and put a candle in it.

It's how my mother always did it. It's how I've always done it.

And it's probably how you've always done it as well.

But what if I told you you could be making it so much easier on yourself.


I came across this video the other day while scrolling through reddit and it made me second guess everything I knew about carving pumpkins. Seriously I feel as if my mother failed me in life. OK, maybe that's an exaggeration, but watch the video below and see for yourself.

@brunchwithbabs 🎃Do’s and Don’ts of Pumpkin Carving 🎃It is a treasured tradition in our family to carve jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.  But with all the yuck and mess, sometimes my kids would quit the project before we even started.  Babs’ Do’s and Don’ts for Pumpkin Carving, saves the mess and speeds up carving so you can have the perfect jack-o-lantern with no mess and no fuss.  Happy Halloween 🎃XO Babs 1. Carve from bottom.  That way you have the stem to hold onto and you can easily slip the pumpkin right over a candle or flashlight. 2. Hold pumpkin in your lap to carve.  You will have a much steadier pumpkin to cut.    3. Use a red dry erase marker to sketch your design. It erases easily and if you miss a spot, it blends in. 4. Use a hand mixer to clean out your pumpkin. 5. Use cookie cutters and a rubber mallet to carve your design. 6. Cover all cut surfaces with Vaseline to keep the pumpkin moist after carving.  Pumpkins should last 1-2 weeks carved! 7. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the inside top of your pumpkin for festive pumpkin spice smell when a candle is lit inside the pumpkin.  🎃 #pumpkincarving ♬ original sound - everyone’s grandmother

Now maybe you knew a few of these tips. Tammie Toren told me she's been using the mixer trick since she was little.  She did however say she never thought to use cookie cutters.

Myself, I knew NONE of these little tips.  So hopefully you can learn something new on how to improve your pumpkin carving game this Halloween.

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