Are your kids excited for Halloween? Do they have their costumes all picked out and annoyingly asking you every day if they can “just try it on again” before the big day?
Halloween is a week away and with that many of you will start (or keep on doing) Halloween crafts with the kids. One of the biggest known crafts for Halloween is carving pumpkins to place on the porch for the 31st.
I have seen some pretty amazing pumpkin carvings lately — from the common face and ghosts to more intricate designs that must have taken far more patience to do than I have.
While I won’t be needing to do any of these safety precautions for our family since I am not into the whole thing, it doesn’t mean I don’t want you guys to be safe this Halloween!
Click through to read 8 safety precautions you should follow for carving pumpkins:
Don’t Use a Kitchen Knife 1 of 8
Carving Rules 2 of 8
Supervision is Key 3 of 8
Pick the Right Spot 4 of 8
Decorate Instead 5 of 8If you have small kids or less than ideal situations, consider decorating a pumpkin instead of carving. You can paint it or use the pumpkins as a prop source.
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Knife Away 6 of 8When you're carving, hold the knife so the blade is away from your body. This will help in case your hand slips. You're less likely to hurt yourself.
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Skip the Candle 7 of 8
Carve Before De-Lidding 8 of 8Think about the order of your carving design. It will make a difference. Carve the front design and then take off the top and scoop out the inside. Doing it in this order can prevent you from placing your hand inside the pumpkin to keep it steady and potentially cutting yourself with the knife.
Source: Consumer Reports
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