VIDEO: How to carve the perfect pumpkin
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The chief pumpkin carver at The Big Sheep shows you how to create the perfect Jack o’ Lantern this Halloween.
It’s Halloween on Monday and if you’re ready to carve a spooky pumpkin, we’re here to show you how.
Whether you want a terrifying design or a friendly face, Phoebe Gibb, chief pumpkin carver at The Big Sheep, has these simple steps:
Step one: Pick the perfect pumpkin
“Big or small, you want to pick one which has a flat bottom and with no bruises,” said Pheobe.
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Step two: Draw on your design
Make sure you don’t do anything too fiddly if you’re just starting out.
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Step three: Take the top off
You’ll need a sharp, serrated knife to cut a neat circle off the top of your pumpkin.
Step four: Scoop out the insides
A melon baller or ice-cream scoop is perfect for getting the seeds out and creating a hollow for your light.
Step five: Carve out your design
Again with a sharp knife, follow the design you have drawn to make your lantern’s face.
Step six: Add a light
Place a tealight (an electrical tealight is safer than a candle) inside and place the top back on to complete your pumpkin.
“Don’t waste the seeds when you scoop them out,” says Pheobe.
“If you soak them to get rid of the pith you can roast them and eat them.”
Phoebe also recommends using an electrical light inside for safety reasons, as do the fire service.
Pheobe will be helping out carving pumpkins at The Big Sheep’s Halloween festival this weekend.
Have you carved the perfect pumpkin? Send us your photos so we can see!