One of my favorite things about Halloween is pumpkins. I love taking the kiddos out to the pumpkin patch and letting them each choose the perfect pumpkin. After wandering around the pumpkin patch this year we ended up with three massive pumpkins that were just begging to be carved.
I remember growing up watching my parents carve jack-o-lantern faces into our pumpkins with huge kitchen knives so when I started carving pumpkins for my little ones five years ago I reached for the knives too. But I must admit that those big knives just aren’t the easiest to work with when carving intricate designs and I’m a tad bit of an over-achiever when it comes to pumpkin carving. Some of the girl’s pumpkins from past Halloween’s have included a cute spider, cat face, Sponge Bob, and pirate to name a few. And not only are those large knives not easy to carve with, but their just not safe either. Throw in the candles to display the carving and we’re just making a recipe for disaster. The good news is there is a safer way to carve pumpkins that is knife and candle free – and that was is with Pumpkin Masters.
We received quite a few Pumpkin Masters products to try out including the Pumpkin Carving Kit, Surface Carving Kit, Decorating Punches Pumpkin Tool Kit, Kids Carving Kit, and Xtreme Strobe LED Lights. Of course I couldn’t wait to try everything out and the girls were pretty excited too.
The best part about using Pumpkin Masters kits is that it allows even the youngest family members to get involved with the carving and decorating fun in a safe manner. Willow loved using the Scraper Scoops to help clean out the pumpkin guts. Her strategy seemed to be that two scoops are better than one and that the scoop made a perfect spoon. In fact she not only tasted her own pumpkin, but had to crawl over to both of her sister’s pumpkins as well.
One of my favorite things about these kits are that they come with patterns. I let Alleigh and Kaelyn browse through the booklets to choose their favorite design. We then taped them to the pumpkin and used the included pounce wheel to transfer the design over to the pumpkin with ease!
Once the design was on the pumpkin we used a variety of methods to carve each pumpkin so that we could try out all the kits. For Kaelyn’s pumpkin we used the Pumpkin Carving Kit which included small saws and a tool to gently push the pieces through.
For Alleigh’s flower pumpkin we used the Decorating Punches Kit. This one is really just as simple as it sounds. After transferring the pattern we simply lined up the punch and pushed through the outer shell of the pumpkin.
Instead of using a pattern on Willow’s pumpkin I decided to have a little fun free-handing her design by using the Surface Carving Kit to create a big “W”. Those two big holes were from some fun photos I took with her actually inside the pumpkin, hehe.
For an even more in depth look at our carving experience and to see the fun Xtreme Strobe Lights in action check out this video.
So are you ready to ditch the danger and start carving pumpkins the safe way with Pumpkin Masters? If so be sure to check out your local grocery, drug, or craft store to pick up a kit. Their also available nationally at Target and Walmart.
And guess what – Pumpkin Masters is on the search for the ultimate Pumpkin Master and it just may be you. Now through October 31st be sure to submit a picture of your carving on Instagram or Twitter using the hash tag #PumpkinMasters2013 – you know you were gonna post a picture anyhow… might as well enter an awesome contest at the same time! You can also submit through the Pumpkin Masters Facebook app or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter for your chance to win one of six prizes. The top prize is $5,000 for the Best Pumpkin!
Happy & Safe Carving!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.