Part of the<br><div class="tagline"><img align="absmiddle" src="/blog/images/icons/globe.gif" /><a href="/blog/reference.php?id=392">Halloween</div></a>
party + occasion guide.<br><br>
Get yourself a nice healthy looking pumpkin. Don't buy it too long before Halloween. The supermarkets start selling them in September but pumpkins go off after two weeks. Carve your pumpkin only a couple of days before Halloween or it will turn brown and not look very nice.
Take a sharp knife and score a line about 5 inches from the top of the pumpkin right around the circumference. You can make it a jaggy line too if you like.
Using a large carving knife slice the top half of the pumpkin off using your scored line for guidence. Take the top off and place to one side.
Scoup out all the filling and seeds and place this in a bowl. Keep the filling as you can use this for my pumpkin pie recipe. You can also plant the seeds to grow your own pumpkins (I only have a window box so there is no chance of me doing this).
Draw a face on the front of your pumpkin for reference. Make it as spooky or creative as you like.
Cut the shapes out using a sharp knife. Replace the lid and voila you're done.
Fill with tealights, candles or fairy lights and watch it glow.