Next use spoons to scoop out the seeds, pulp and strands. Scrape out the flesh of the pumpkin so the walls are about 2cm thick. Now it’s time to carve your design. It’s easier to carve straight lines rather than curves or circles. Traditionally triangle shaped eyes, nose and a zig zag mouth are carved but you can choose any design – be as creative as you like. It’s a good idea to draw your design on the side of the pumpkin so you can cut round the lines. If you are not confident at a design of your own you can get pumpkin stencils to copy.
Once your design is complete, put a tea light inside the pumpkin (it’s best to put it in a small glass) or use battery operated tea lights or fairy lights to create the spooky glow. Put in your window to scare your neighbours and any trick or treaters!