Halloween Tip

Don’t use a carving knife to carve a pumpkin into a Jack-o’-lantern.

And pay attention to what you’re doing when you do cut into it.

Learn about where the term Jack-o’-lantern originated.

(And no, my thumb did not need stitches. I bled like the proverbial stuck pig, however, and having a half-inch cut on one’s thumb-tip does not help with mothering tasks. I’ve been forbidden to carve any more pumpkins until Pixie is old enough to appreciate it. It probably goes without saying that there isn’t one this year. I didn’t even get the top cut off before I slipped.)

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6 Comments on “Halloween Tip”

  1. donna Says:

    Oh, man.

    Just wait til she’s old enough to do it herself.

  2. Emy Says:

    Oh my goodness!

    Those fingertips sure do have a lot of blood vessels. Ask me about the SU! craft and rubber scissors….

  3. leah Says:

    oh no! your poor thumb!

    on a good note, i’m so happy you’ll be doing art every day month! no asploding tho! ;-)

  4. Rob Says:

    Last year I nearly wore my hands raw trying to scoop out our pumpkin with a spoon. This year I switched to a swiss army knife, which made cleaning super easy and fast. Carving was a breeze, too, except for those odd moments when you put the wrong torque on the blade and it threatens to close on your knuckles. Next year I think I’ll just use a steak knife.

    Glad to hear you’ve still got all your digits.

    cheers,
    Rob, rss subscriber

  5. la peregrina Says:

    There is a reason why its called a carving knife! Rob’s steak knife is a good idea. Easy to use and forces you to saw- which is safer. Glad you are not too badly damaged.

    I carved a pumpkin with my niece when she was three-years-old. I got a small pumpkin, sat on the floor with her in front of me and used a Pumpkin Masters carving tool. They are very safe and easy to use. We used the simple triangles for eyes and nose and a wide smile technic. She was so excited when we finished. Nice memory. :)

  6. gerry rosser Says:

    I’m such a klutz with knives. Almost sliced off my left thumb with an exacto once.
    No Punkin’ for us this year.