Pumpkin carving tips from an artist to help you make the best jack-o'-lantern and keep it fresh

DENVER - Pumpkin-carving artist Barry Brown visited the 7NEWS studio Friday morning to make some jack-o'-lanterns and share his tips. Here are some of his key points:

  • Start at the bottom, not the top. And instead of cutting a single circle, try cutting two semi-circles on the bottom to make it easier to remove.
  • When making that first cut, hold the pumpkin in your lap to prevent it from rolling or moving.
  • While you scrape the seeds out, you can also scrape the inside wall of the pumpkin beneath the area you intend to carve. Making it thinner will make it easier to cut.
  • Barry applies a paper pattern to the outside of the pumpkin and traces it. After this first cut, he removes the pattern and finishes punching out the parts he needs to remove.
  • Squirrels will try to eat your pumpkin. Barry says that if you leave it outside, your art is likely to get eaten. He suggests displaying it inside, where you and your guests can enjoy it.
  • To preserve the pumpkin, treat it like a sandwich. Wrap it in plastic and put it in the fridge to keep it fresh longer.

Barry is hosting a pumpkin carving event at the Botanical Gardens on Saturday, where he can teach you to carve. Tickets for the event are available from the Botanical Garden. The cost is $47 for non-members. 

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