Are you having pumpkin anxiety? Were you out-pumpkined by the neighbours last year? Don’t get left behind this year, help is on hand, and with the Hampshire half term approaching its a great way to keep the kids entertained. Impress the local trick or treaters with our foolproof guide to scary pumpkin art. Carve away (but stay safe).


1. Choose your pumpkin. Make sure your pumpkin is a nice round shape and sits firmly. Check for any spots of mould.

2. Prep the kitchen for minimal mess. Its advisable to work on newspaper or plastic sheets for easy clear up. Those slimy seeds get everywhere!

3. Cut the lid. With marker pen, cut around the pumpkin a spiky lid shape – carve carefully.


4.Using a large serving spoon, scoop out the seeds and fibres and discard. Then remove some of the flesh.


5. Use a marker pen to draw the cut lines on your pumpkin. Create your own or find inspiration from the many websites dedicated to pumpkin prettying.

Use a small serrated knife to cut out the eyes, nose and mouth. Always cut away from you in case the knife slips.

6. Pop a tea light inside the pumpkin, light it and replace the crown.

7. Switch off the lights and admire

And now if you are in the advanced class

8. Make your pumpkin shine from the inside out. Use multicoloured Christmas lights to add a new dimension to simple styles or try a red bicycle light, set to flash, for a really sinister touch.

9. Funny faces and ghoulish grins not your thing? Try making simple shapes like stars or spooky creatures with cookie cutters or use an apple corer or drill bits to add polka dots for a more grown-up pumpkin.

And if its all got too much! Scare your friends with this little idea!!!!