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Master tips on carving your own jack-o’-lantern

Tips to make
the perfect

jack-o-’lantern

Choose a pumpkin that’s taller than it is wide. It’s shaped more like a human face.
Pick an interesting looking pumpkin — pimply, greenish, asymmetrical. Rounder isn’t always better, especially when you’re going for creepy.

When drawing a design, use a dry erase marker that easily rubs off as needed.

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Ice cream scoops work best for hollowing out a pumpkin. Scrape loose all “guts” before dumping contents into trash or compost.

When removing top, cut a small notch for easy refitting. The best cutting tool for larger pumpkins is a drywall saw.

Shield your jack-o’-lantern from heat and moisture as much as possible.

To prevent premature rotting, treat with bleach and water solution.

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