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How to carve a pumpkin in less than 2 minutes with little mess

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Begin by finding a solid place to work. Sitting on the floor will give you good leverage and is the ideal spot to carve a pumpkin. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Begin by finding a solid place to work. Sitting on the floor will give you good leverage and is the ideal spot to carve a pumpkin. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
Use work gloves, a sharp knife, a wide spoon, and a candle. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Use work gloves, a sharp knife, a wide spoon, and a candle. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
Spoon out the pumpkin pulp or "guts" by scraping the sides first. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) Spoon out the pumpkin pulp or "guts" by scraping the sides first. (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
JOHNSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

The fall season is in full swing and what better way is there to kick it off than to head down to a pumpkin patch near you and pick out a pumpkin to carve into a Jack O' Lantern? 

There are several pumpkin patches across the Heartland. Click here to see where you can purchase a pumpkin. 

Pumpkin carving experts at Bandy's Pumpkin Patch in Johnston City, Illinois gave some pointers on how to carve a pumpkin in a minute and 30 seconds with little mess.

Kelly Bandy has worked on the pumpkin patch for 18 years. She said there's no secret to picking out the perfect pumpkin. It all comes down to personal preference.

There are big pumpkins and little ones. Pumpkins in all different colors ranging from orange and white. Squash can also be carved.

To begin you'll need the following items:

  • A pair of thick work gloves to protect your hands from nicks or cuts.
  • A sharp knife with an flat edge; a pocket knife may also work. Serrated blades are unnecessary unless your looking for a specific design.
  • A wide spoon such as one for making pasta sauce. Bandy's sells trademarked pulp scraping spoons for $5.
  • A candle to be placed in your pumpkin; electric candles work well and are safer.
  • Paper towels and a garbage can or bucket to keep things clean.

Bandy says carving should only be done by an adult. Begin by finding a solid place to work. Sitting on the floor will give you good leverage and is the ideal spot to carve a pumpkin. Put your work gloves on and follow these steps:

  1. Begin carving your pumpkin by cutting a circle in the top. Bandy suggests cutting a "T" shaped notch in the rear of the top. That will make it easier to put the top back on later.
  2. Spoon out the pumpkin pulp or "guts" by scraping the sides first. You can dig into the sides a bit. Once the pulp is pulled from the sides, dig at the bottom. If done correctly you'll be able to dump all the pulp into the bucket in one swing.
  3. For a simple Jack O' Lantern; begin carving the face and start with the nose since its the center of the face. Circles, squares, and triangle shapes work well for facial features. Then, you can cut out the eyes and mouth in any order. ***Use caution when carving. Do not place your fingers on the inside of the pumpkin when your carving to avoid nicks or cuts.***

After carving, a pumpkin can last four to five days. You may prolong your pumpkin by dropping it in a bucket of cold water every other night. Bandy said spreading Vaseline on the inside of the pumpkin can preserve it as well.

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