I have reached the grand age of 30 having never carved a pumpkin. In fact, I have never dressed up for Halloween, had a Halloween party, trick or treated or anything. My parents had zero interest in Halloween and as an adult Dave and I have never had any interest in Halloween either. But I know that Halloween s something all children seem to love now and so I want to start embracing Halloween for LP and LM’s sake and although LP is still too young to even know what time of year it is I wanted to get into the spirit of things and carve my first ever pumpkin.
I had hoped to carve pumpkins with LP but in the end I realised that it would be really messy and not the safest of things to have a three year old help you with. Instead, I decided to carve a pumpkin just for her and make the other one a more traditional pumpkin. I searched online for pumpkin stencils and came across a great site called Pumpkin Pile with hundreds of free printable templates and instructions on how to carve a pumpkin – I didn’t have a clue so thanks Pumpkin Pile for teaching me what I needed to know!
I chose Mickey Mouse for LP’s pumpkin, a easily recognisable character who LP adores! It was only after I printed it that I realised how intricate some parts were and it had a skill rating of 3 out of 5 – I’ve never carved a pumpkin, at this point I was nervous!
I cut around the stem of the pumpkin, levered out the lid and emptied out the pumpkin before cleaning it, taping the stencil to it and using a sweetcorn holder to prick a guideline around the edge of stencil. I then used our smallest kitchen knife to play dot to dot – can you tell I hadn’t even bought a pumpkin carving kit?! I was so unprepared!
But in the end Mickey Mouse appeared on the pumpkin. I still wasn’t sure whether his face would show up when I put a candle inside and turned the lights off as some of the lines weren’t very thickly carved. But I needn’t have worried. Mickey lit up bright and clear and I am still incredibly proud of that pumpkin – I’m not very crafty or imaginative and so I am proud that my pumpkin carving worked and one more thing is ticked off my bucket list!
Dave and I also carved a face into our other pumpkin and I think, for a beginner, that style of carving would be much easier than a Mickey Mouse face. I can just imagine the years to come – Superman and Batman logos are quite appealing for next year!