Step-by-step Pumpkin Carving Guide 284

Pumpkin carving and displaying Jack-o-lanterns is an age-old tradition enjoyed annually by young and old alike. (click here for our post “History of the Jack-o-lantern”) Whether you are or holding a pumpkin carving party with your friends or just  this Although carving a Jack-o- Lantern might seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be – you really don’t need to be that crafty to create something spectacularly spooky!

Most people now use carving kit carve out their pumpkins. A pumpkin carving kit generally has a few different saws – one to cut the top/bottom off the pumpkin, and smaller ones to cut the design out. Most also have a pick to punch holes and a flesh scraping tool.

Pumpkin Masters has pumpkin carving kits that both you and the kiddos can utilize. Their kits, like the one pictured to the left, include tons of unique patterns and come with all the tools to help put together the perfect creation. They also offer additional carving patterns for free on their website, which is great for if you’re looking for something special or to create something different year after year!



Now that you know where to find the tools you will need, see our guide below.  We’ve simplified the steps and included some useful tips on how to carve the perfect pumpkin this Halloween!

Step by Step Guide to Pumpkin Carving

  • Cut a Hole in the Pumpkin. This is a job for Adults children should not handle knives, saws or other sharp tools.  Cut a circle around the stem of the pumpkin that is large enough to fit your hand into. Insert the knife on an angle to prevent your lid from falling into the pumpkin.
    Slice off the stringy flesh from the underside of your Jack-o-Lantern lid.

  • Scoop out flesh, pulp, and seeds. Remove the seeds and stringy bits first – no better way to do this than by getting your hands dirty! Separate and set aside the seeds for roasting and reserve the flesh to make pumpkin pie. Then start removing the flesh. Scrape the inside walls of the pumpkin clean with a plaster scraper or fleshing tool. Pay most attention to the areas you will be carving, you want areas where you will cut through the pumpkin in your design to be about ½” thick.

  • Transfer Your Design to your pumpkin. Use a marker, a pencil, or stencil to draw a design on your pumpkin. Download and print template or pick up a kit that has stencils included. With scissors, cut away excess part of template. Attach design to pumpkin with masking tape.  Using a thumbtack, pushpin or T pin, prick every 1/4 inch along outlines of template. Some patterns have dots on them to guide you, or just go along at short intervals. Remove template but keep it nearby for reference during carving.


  • Carve your masterpiece. When the pattern is marked out, you can start carving. Remove the template and carve along the pattern outline with a miniature saw or linoleum carving tool, depending on desired depth.  Start with the outside of the design and work inward. You can also start with the small intricate sections first, and then the larger sections. Work carefully and slowly and refer to the pattern if you become confused at all the dots in front of you!


No matter what your style, it’s time to get started and allow your creative side to come out.  Happy Carving!

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Anchor Real Estate Celebrates Grand Opening 25

Anchor Real Estate of Long Island, Inc. celebrated its Official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, November 20th. Owner Gina Ferraro was welcomed to the community by members of The Patchogue Greater Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees were treated to beverages and light snacks and a Holiday Market with items available from vendors such as handmade market co., One Hope Wine, Stella & Dot and Pampered Chef.

Anchor Real Estate of Long Island, Inc. is located at 83. E Main Street in Patchogue.

Here are a few photos highlighting the event.

Bellport High School presents ‘The Game’s Afoot’ 25

The talented cast and crew of Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot” drew a full house to Bellport High School’s Ebersole Auditorium on November 1st and 2nd.

Michael Marziliano as William Gillette and Emma Butler as Inspector Goring discussed the clues to a murder in “The Game’s Afoot.”

Under the direction of Susan Hartmann and producer Barbara Gallagher, the nine-member cast amused the audience with this witty whodunit murder mystery. At Christmastime in 1936, Broadway star William Gillette (Michael Marziliano), admired for playing Sherlock Holmes, invited cast members to his Connecticut castle for weekend revelry. When one of the guests, Daria Chase (AutumnMargaret Walthers), is found stabbed, Gillette took on the persona of his beloved character to track down the killer and to set Inspector Goring (Emma Butler) in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, as each of the guests, and “Holmes,” hide the clues and the body from the inspector.

Center, Michael Marziliano (William Gillete) and (right) Troy Sica (Felix Geisel) checked to see if AutumnMargaret Walthers (Daria Chase) is really dead in “The Game’s Afoot.”

The cast also included Jocelyn Marrero (Martha Gillette), Troy Sica (Felix Geisel), Keira Ballan (Madge Geisel), Aidan Gaynor (Simon Bright), Alexa Ferrara (Aggie Wheeler), and understudies Lexington Armann and Joseph Salerno. The success of the performances was also attributed to the nine-member crew, stage managers Juliana Lewkowski and Victoria Pennachio, Vivienne Love, James Gibney and Kieran Sawyer on lighting, Ryan Wilson and music director James Uzzi on sound, art chairperson Suzette Fandale on costumes, James Gibney on set construction, and Suzette Fandale and Barbara Gallagher on set design.

The South Country Central School District congratulates the students on their memorable performance.


Photos courtesy of the South Country Central School District



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