How to hollow out a pumpkin

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How to hollow out a pumpkin
Pumpkins can serve as ghoulish additions to your Halloween displays. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

A pumpkin is a large, rounded fruit that is used in a range of tasty Autumnal dishes such as pumpkin mash, pumpkin pie and pumpkin soup. However, cooking and eating your pumpkin is just one of the ways you can enjoy it. Pumpkins are often hollowed out at Halloween, so they can be carved with scary, candle-lit faces. Hollowing out a pumpkin is a relatively easy activity that should take no longer than ten minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Several sheets of newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Sharp knife
  • Dessert or tablespoon
  • Large baking bowl

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  1. 1

    Lay out several sheets of newspaper on a flat surface, such as a table or work bench. Ensure the entire surface of the table is covered as carving out a pumpkin can be messy work.

  2. 2

    Place your pumpkin on top of the paper. Check it is resting in a relatively steady position. This will make the process of cutting much easier. Insert folded up cardboard at the base if you need to keep the pumpkin steady.

  3. 3

    Cut a hole in a circle pattern using the sharp knife. Hold the pumpkin with your spare hand if you need to gain extra leverage. The circular incision should go around the stalk, with the stalk roughly in the centre of the circle.

  4. 4

    Angle the knife handle towards your body once the circle is cut. This will prevent the cut area from falling inside of the pumpkin once the circle is fully cut. Continue to push down on the handle of the knife until the lid pops out. Remove the top with your spare hand.

  5. 5

    Remove the seeds and pumpkin flesh. Scoop out the main areas of the flesh with the spoon. Scrape away any extra pieces that stick to the side of the pumpkin interior with the knife.

  6. 6

    Place the pumpkin insides into a large bowl as you remove them. Dry your hands with paper towels as you work. This will prevent the grip on the knife and spoon becoming slippery as you work.

  7. 7

    Decorate your pumpkin! Once the insides are fully removed, you can now decorate your pumpkin in whatever terrifying way you please.

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