twitter facebook stumble upon rss

Pumpkin-Carving Tips

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

Guest blogger Ronda Kaysen: Kids and knives don't usually go well together, but when it comes to carving up Halloween jack-o'-lanterns, the situation is hard to avoid. Here are some tips for helping them create a menacing gourd without a trip to the emergency room.

girls carving pumpkin

"Jack-o'-lanterns are part of Halloween fun, but remember to take precautions before and during cutting," says hand surgeon George Kardashian, MD, of the Center for Bone and Joint Disease.Here are his tips for making the carving fun and safe for everyone:

  • Choose your tools wisely. Don't use just any household knife to carve up your pumpkin. Invest in knives made specifically for the task. Most Halloween supply stores stock carving kits. Martha Stewart sells one for about $25 that includes nine carvers, patterns and an instruction booklet.
  • A cut below. Rather than cut open the top of the pumpkin, cut a hole out of the bottom. It's an easier place to cut, you can create a larger opening and it makes it easier to stand the pumpkin atop a candle, rather than placing the candle inside on an uneven bottom.
  • Tell the kids, "Knives are for Mommy."Let them choose the pattern and trace it onto the pumpkin before you carve. They can also be in charge of scooping out the gooey innards. (An ice-cream scoop is a great tool for getting all the seeds out.) But when it comes to wielding the knives, leave that part to Mom and Dad.
  • Be a neat freak.Keep the area clean and as non-slippery as possible. Make sure all the seeds are scooped out and the mess cleaned up before you start the carving. Dry your hands when you're handling the knife, so you don't slip and cut yourself.
  • Who needs knives, anyway? If the kids are really young, consider uncarved jack-o'-lanterns. Have the kids decorate their pumpkins with stickers, paint or markers. They can make a fairly scary creation without any cuts at all!

next: The Freshman 15
77 comments so far | Post a comment now
choroby skóry March 20, 2011, 5:33 PM

very interesting site, I invite you to her. pzd

digital camera buy March 20, 2011, 8:46 PM

Interesting. Will defintely be back

cheap hosting March 21, 2011, 1:34 AM

I like your website, i really like reading your articles, good luck in the future.

buy gps March 21, 2011, 4:53 AM

Would you be interested by exchanging links?

geckos pets March 21, 2011, 5:06 AM

Oh my goodness! a tremendous article dude. Thank you However I’m experiencing concern with ur rss . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting an identical rss downside? Anyone who is aware of kindly respond. Thnkx

electric scooters March 21, 2011, 6:01 AM

Great a single, cheers for the tip

ovens microwave buy March 21, 2011, 6:12 AM

Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site so i came to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

gps portable buy March 21, 2011, 7:09 AM

Great one, thank you for the tip

ereader March 21, 2011, 1:47 PM

I think this really is interesting and do not see posted generally. That is excellent facts.

chocolate lg March 21, 2011, 5:32 PM

This post was very nicely written, and it also contains many useful facts. I appreciated your professional manner of writing this post. You have made it easy for me to understand.

cheap jerseys buy March 21, 2011, 9:48 PM

Genuinely fascinating content articles. I enjoyed reading through it.

phone 4g March 22, 2011, 1:27 AM

Like the comment! and i like the website, quite useful info here

credit March 22, 2011, 3:34 AM

Good luck with new articles

Treasa Giuliano March 23, 2011, 12:46 AM

Thank you for such a clear and informative post. I’ve really learned a lot from reading this. Please keep up the great work. I will keep coming back to read and learn from this site. Thanks.

review March 23, 2011, 3:23 AM

Like the comment! and i love the site, quite useful info here

htc March 23, 2011, 11:06 AM

You made some first rate factors there. I seemed on the web for the problem and found most individuals will go along with along with your website.

best video projector March 23, 2011, 12:43 PM

hey there and thank you for your information – I have certainly picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise some technical issues using this website, since I experienced to reload the website many times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your web host is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will sometimes affect your placement in google and can damage your high quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my email and can look out for a lot more of your respective fascinating content. Ensure that you update this again soon..

health March 23, 2011, 1:04 PM

great post! ill be coming back! do you mind if i share this?

debt March 23, 2011, 1:10 PM

I think I will change to this blogengine system as it is a lot nicer than mine.

evo 4g March 23, 2011, 3:36 PM

I think I’ll alter to this blogengine system as it can be a whole lot nicer than mine.

Back to top >>