Clarion Crafts: Creative carving

Pumpkin displayed at a house with Freaky Frights on Forest.

Pumpkin displayed at a house with Freaky Frights on Forest.

Kellie Halvey

Kellie Halvey

Pumpkin displayed at a house with Freaky Frights on Forest.

Kellie Halvey, Staff Reporter

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When October 1st comes along, so does the season of apple cider, spooky decorations, and great pumpkin carvings displayed on every porch.

What you’ll need for the perfect pumpkin:

  • Pumpkin
  • Pattern- find one online or create your own
  • Carving knife
  • Water/bleach mixture

To have the most eye-catching pumpkin on the block, there are some key steps that must followed.

  1. Make sure to wash your pumpkin of to create a clean canvas for your Halloween art.
  2. When you create your design, you can find and use a pattern online, or create your own.
  3. Once it comes time to actually carve  your design use a sawing motion to cut clean lines and avoid jagged edges.
  4. After you’ve flawlessly carved out your jack-o-lantern, make your art last longer by washing the pumpkin with a mixture of one gallon water and one teaspoon bleach to prevent mold from forming.

At the end of all the fun that comes with carving the perfect pumpkin, is the bright orange insides of your jack-o-lantern. The most popular way to utilize the remains of your pumpkin is to enjoy the tasty seeds inside. The best way to do this is to let them dry out for a little while, then bake them in your oven at 300℉ for about 45 minutes. Once they are nice and golden brown, get creative and add salt and butter or cinnamon and brown sugar for a sweet twist. If you want to add even more flavor make a trail mix with raisins, chocolate chips, granola, or any of your other favorite treats. There are so many creative and useful ways to use the inside of your pumpkin, like making a body scrub, pumpkin spice donuts, and much more.

Here on staff, reporters have many stories and experiences with pumpkin carving.

Tatum Bruno goes with her family to a pumpkin patch each year so they can pick out the perfect pumpkin to transform. Bruno and her extended family get together to have a pumpkin carving fest. They use tools to carve out patterns that they made themselves, and they later enjoy pumpkin pie and baked seeds from their pumpkins.

Sydney Sandrick also spends time with her family to carve pumpkins, and they later bake and eat the seeds. However, Sandrick and her family go to the store to find their perfect pumpkins, and they don’t use patterns to create their designs.

Elizabeth Amaya remembers her favorite designs that her family members made, such as a bat symbol that her mother made, and a goblin face her brother created using a pattern.

Our resident expert in pumpkin carving, Ariana Porras, described how she creates the perfect pumpkin. First, you have to remove the guts of the pumpkin, and make sure to clean your space afterwards because a clean work space is key to carving flawlessly. Next, you’ll want to trace your design on your pumpkin, either using a pattern or drawing freehand. Then, you’ll need to use a sharp tool to poke holes along the design before actually carving it. Once you’ve cut out your design, place a lit candle in the center and watch your artwork light up!

About the Contributor
Kellie Halvey, Staff Reporter
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Kellie Halvey is a very busy person, she has lots to do in her life inside and outside of school. Although she is very busy she still enjoys the simple things in life, like food. One of her favorite foods is potatoes. She loves how versatile they are the many different ways they can be made, such as mashed, baked, roasted, and cheesy potatoes. Along with french fries, hash browns, potato chips, potato pancakes, and au gratin potatoes. Another one of Kellie’s favorite foods is ice cream, however even more than ice cream, but in the same category, Kellie loves sherbets and sorbets. She enjoys how refreshing and cold they can be and the way the bright colors make them look so delicious. Yet another one of Kellie’s favorite foods is pancakes. She enjoys making them in the mornings and adding chocolate chips and m&m’s in them. Sometimes she will make them in fun shapes like mickey mouse pancakes or hearts. Also, Kellie loves her dog and will often make her dog a pancake with bacon treats mixed in instead of chocolate. One of Kellie’s final favorite foods is pineapple. Kellie loves how pineapple can taste so fresh and juicy when they are ready to be eaten, mixed in with other fruits, grilled with some brown sugar, or freshly eaten, Kellie is a big fan of pineapple. If you have any other ways to make potatoes or pineapple, any flavors of ice cream, sherbet, or sorbet Kellie should try, or any shapes for Kellie to make her pancakes in, feel free to contact her at [email protected]

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