One thing the children love about Halloween is being able to carve a pumpkin. I recently gave you a few tips on pumpkin decorations for the younger children. Now I am going to give you some great ideas for the older kids when it comes time to decorate those pumpkins.
While carving pumpkins can be simple it can also be difficult, it can be a pain to get the small details to work properly. It is important that when carving you have smaller tools as well to get into those small areas.
When searching for pumpkins make sure you get one that has a strong stem and that has a surface that looks like it will be easy to carve. If you want to use pumpkin carving stencils make sure the size will work for you.
One thing I have learned while carving pumpkins with stencils, is you can use coloring pages to make your outlines. This way you have a ton of options to pick from. There is also many wonderful sites that offer pumpkin carving stencils.
Make sure, before you start carving your pumpkin, you wash it with 1 tsp bleach and a gallon of water this will prevent it from molding.
When you are ready to carve your pumpkin you can do it a few different ways, you can either do it all freehanded or you can use pumpkin carving stencils. When using pumpkin carving stencils, tape your image onto the pumpkin and then you can trace it firmly so that you are leaving an impression on your pumpkin. Once you have the impression start carving with a pumpkin carving knife.
If you are not wanting to get messy, you can always draw an image onto your pumpkin and paint it, this looks awesome and then you can leave your pumpkin whole. Remember to have fun.