Picking a pumpkin is only half the fun! Find out all you need to know about carving your own jack-o’-lanterns, or use our professional carving services here.
Our Master Carver, Nick Petronzio, will be on site later in the season:
October 22-23, 10 AM – 5 PM
October 29-30, 10 AM – 5 PM
Give yourself a treat this Halloween and let our Master Carver create your jack o’lantern masterpiece. Let us do a signature design that will get the whole neighborhood buzzing. Corporate logos or special party pumpkins? No problem! We do that too. We work in all sizes and designs for all price ranges.
CARVE YOUR OWN
- Choose a pumpkin that is an appropriate size and shape for your design.
- Cut an opening into the top or bottom of the pumpkin using a sharp paring knife. If cutting into the top, be sure to cut at an angle so the lid doesn’t fall in.
- Scoop out your pumpkin’s insides using a large spoon or ice cream scoop.
- Decide on a pattern. You can draw on the pumpkin directly, or use a stencil. If using a stencil, tape the image to your pumpkin and use a pin to poke holes along the outline so you can see where to cut. Remove the paper, and—voila!—you’re ready to go.
- Cut along the pattern, pushing the cut pieces into the pumpkin with your fingers as you go. Larger pieces can be cut into smaller bits to make them easier to push.
- Pull out and discard the cut pieces.
- Insert a candle or battery-operated light in your jack-o’-lantern’s belly and watch it glow!
TIPS AND TRICKS
- Always be careful using knives and carving tools, regardless of how safe they may look.
- Once carved, a pumpkin will last about 7-10 days, depending on the amount of heat & light it is exposed to.
- Rub petroleum jelly on the edges where you’ve carved to lock in moisture & keep your jack-o’-lantern fresh longer.
- If you make a mistake while carving, you can reattach pieces with toothpicks or straight pins.
- Scrape out as much of the goop inside as you can—this will help delay the growth of mold, which prefers gooey, wet bits best of all.
- Plan to carve early? Pop your pumpkin in the fridge during the day and put it back out at night.
- Use electric light instead of flame if you want your jack-o’lantern to last.