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Pumpkins into Jack O' Lanterns
Think about it, a Jack O' Lantern is literally the ultimate in Halloween decorations. Carving pumpkins and displaying them on Halloween night is a true tradition enjoyed by one and all.

There's nothing like the sight of the soft flickering light produced by a candle and the seasonally pleasant aroma produced by the heat of the candle inside the pumpkin.

Whether you have just one or a dozen Jack O' Lanterns on display, it provides a clear message to everyone that you are celebrating this wonderful and spooky holiday.

Pumpkin Carving Basics
Carving a pumpkin into a Jack-O'-Lantern freehand is the traditional way of doing it, it is very easy and only takes a few basic tools. A large spoon or ice-cream scoop, a thin bladed knife and some newspaper will get you started.

With a long, thin bladed knife, cut out the top of the pumpkin a few inches out from the stem. The hole should be large enough to allow you to scoop out the guts (seeds and stringy membrane) by hand and with a large spoon.

Generally, the size of the hole should be about two-thirds the diameter of the pumpkin. While you can cut a round circle out, you'll find that cutting a five or six sided opening will work the best. Now use the spoon to scrap the inside walls clean. Inspect the surface of the pumpkin to decide the best side to carve your face.

Now, visualize the face you want to carve, use your knife to carefully cut out the individual parts of the face or you can pre-marked the pumpkin by using a Crayon to draw the face onto the surface of the pumpkin and cut through the lines you drew. When you are finished cutting, carefully push out the pieces to view the final results.

Make sure that you have scrapped the bottom of the pumpkin flat, so that the candle will sit level in the pumpkin.

For lots of pumpkin carving information and ideas visit the Pumpkin Carving 101 website.

Lighting Your Jack O' Lanterns
Pumpkin Halloween DecorationsLong burning votive candles, placed in clear glass candle holders like the one shown to the right, provide the safest, brightest and longest lasting way to illuminate your pumpkins from the inside if you use a burning candle. Plain white candles give off the most light and will illuminate the inside of your Jack-O'-Lantern the best.

If you use candles to light your pumpkins, or for any other Halloween activity, never leave a lit candle unsupervised. Never use a lit candle in an artificial pumpkin. Never leave children unattended with a lit pumpkin, candles or other source of fire or near combustible materials.

Using three ultra bright yellow LED's, the "Artificial Candle Pumpkin Light" flickers just like a real candle flame, or about as close as you can get. If you want the traditional look of a flickering candle, but not the hazard of a real flame, these battery powered lights are the way to go. These lights are suitable for just about any size pumpkin and work great to light artificial Jack O' Lanterns.

They also make the "Amazing Rainbow Pumpkin Light", a special effects version of the light above that changes between seven different colors, making for a very colorful Jack O' Lantern.  Available from PumpkinLight.com

Jack O' Lantern Display Ideas
Coming soon.



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