I hadn’t carved a pumpkin since I was a little girl, so this weekend Harry and I decided to give it a go. I’d forgotten just how much mush, seeds, grunt-work and elbow grease are involved in hollowing out pumpkins; any tips for shortcuts would be very welcome for next time.
For Harry’s we used cookie cutters and a hammer to stamp out bat shapes, and then for mine I used a black Sharpie pen to hand-draw the London city skyline, including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s, the London Eye and – of course – the Gherkin
I used a drill with various sized drill bits to punch out holes all along the skyline for windows and lights (if it’s tough to hollow out a pumpkin, it’s gloriously satisfying to drill through it; like a knife through (soft) butter – I could do it for hours…). Then a craft knife, for bigger, squarer apertures. Much duller and requiring considerably more concentration and steadiness.
And now it’s Halloween, our pumpkins are glowing and the night beckons…
have a good one, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing!