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How To Carve a Jack-o-Lantern: HubNuggets Halloween Pumpkins

Updated on November 26, 2015

Fall was definitely in the air. The crisp autumn breeze smelled like wine - a heady mix of ripe apples, and the subtle tang of wood smoke. The HubNuggets Team was hard at work in the garden behind the clubhouse, reaping the results of their summer labors.

"The potatoes did well this year!" ripplemaker turned over another hill, carefully unearthing the reddish-brown treasures.

"These carrots are so crunchy and delicious!" RedElf munched down another of the freshly-washed vegetables.

"Harvest first, snack later!" chorused the team. They were familiar with the kitty's garden predations.

"Do you think the pumpkins are ready?" asked Enelle Lamb.

"Pumpkin pies are yummy anytime," said Patty Inglish MS. "Let's head over to the pumpkin patch and check them out."

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The HubNuggets Team

SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb
SimoneSmith, KoffeeKlatch Gals, Patty Inglish MS, Maddie Ruud, Jason Menayan, ripplemaker, RedElf, ladyjane1, Enelle Lamb

The pumpkins were ripening nicely - a few were even ready to be harvested.

"Hey, gang, we can get a jump on our "Halloween How-To" hubs with some pointers on carving Jack-O-Lanterns," said Simone.

"Great idea!" Maddie chimed in. "...and while we're picking pumpkin patterns, we can offer some tips on "How to Write a Great Hub" and "What To Do If Your Hub Is Nominated."

Patty's amazing Ninja-Lantern -
Patty's amazing Ninja-Lantern -
Maddie's such a cute little devil -
Maddie's such a cute little devil -
Simone's Anime-Lantern was really "out-there- spooky" -
Simone's Anime-Lantern was really "out-there- spooky" -

Patty offered a tip for a tasty Halloween snack:

  • Select a ripe pumpkin and carefully remove the top, keeping the stem attached. With a large spoon, scoop out the seeds and pulp. Set them aside. Rinse the cleaned pumpkin carefully, and set aside for carving. Pick the seeds from the pulp, and toast the seeds on a baking sheet brushed lightly with safflower oil. Sprinkle the warm seeds with sea salt and a pinch of dill for a yummy, heathful treat.

Maddie's safety tip:

Simone's tip for writing a great hub:

  • Choose your topic carefully. Do your homework, and make sure your topic is not only of interest to you, but is also something your readers will enjoy. Find the best keywords for your topic. Keywords, or tags, are the search terms that will lead readers to your hub. Make sure that you are really interested in your topic. Your enthusiasm will shine through in every word.

Which one of this week's Autos nominees is your favorite?

  • 6% RV Selection
  • 12% How Motorcycle Controls Work
  • 45% Understanding Car Computers, Sensors and Actuators
  • 9% How to Make the Best Deal on Your Dream Car!
  • 6% The Paradigm Shift Towards Natural Gas
  • 21% How to Stop Automotive Repair Fraud
33 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

Enelle's Cat-O-Lantern a classic cat-sterpiece -
Enelle's Cat-O-Lantern a classic cat-sterpiece -
RedElf's hand-drawn Kitty-Lantern was SO cute -
RedElf's hand-drawn Kitty-Lantern was SO cute -
ripplemaker's Happy-Lantern wasn't at all spooky, but it sure suited her! -
ripplemaker's Happy-Lantern wasn't at all spooky, but it sure suited her! -

Enelle was next with her tip to help you transfer the pattern to your Jack-O-Lanterns:

  • Fit the pattern to your pumpkin. If necessary, a photocopier can be used to enlarge or reduce the pattern to the correct size. Using masking tape, securely attach the pattern - you don't want it to slip. Using a sharp pointed tool, poke holes along the design lines, piercing through to the top layer of the pumpkins skin so the lighter inside pulp shows.

RedElf's safety tip:

  • Kitty claws are very sharp and leave a nice clear pattern of holes on wooden furniture, er, I mean, on pumpkin rind. Some kits come with a piercing tool, but an older child could also use an awl, a knitting needle, or small, sharp knife. Younger ones may need some help with their piercing tool. Luckily, this is such a fun family project, there will be plenty of adults to help out.

ripplemaker's practical advice on writing compelling hubs, from her hub "Writing Prompts: Creative Writing Ideas":

"There are many ways to stimulate and prompt your creative juices. Sometimes reading other people's work will inspire you to write something of your own. Words and phrases can stimulate your senses. Photographs and sceneries are feasts for the eyes. Your experiences and your own imagination will take you far and beyond. Keep sharing. Keep writing."

Which one of this week's Gender and Relationships nominees is your favorite?

  • 6% The Grueling Dilemma: How to Find the "Perfect" Gifts for the People We Love
  • 37% Random Thoughts - Things I think about while you're talking to me.
  • 20% Relationship Red Flags, Bells, Whistles, Flares, Searches, and Rescues
  • 17% How to Tell if Your Boyfriend is a Zombie
  • 9% Domestic Violence Chic: Fashion Photography's Disturbing New Trend
  • 11% 'Lonely' Be The Man
35 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

ladyjane1's regal, tiara-topped Princess-O-Lantern -
ladyjane1's regal, tiara-topped Princess-O-Lantern -
KoffeeKlatch Gals creative Halloween ensemble -
KoffeeKlatch Gals creative Halloween ensemble -
Oh, no! Jason's back! Aieeeeeeeee! -
Oh, no! Jason's back! Aieeeeeeeee! -

ladyjane1's tip for carving fabulous Jack-O-Lanterns:

  • Create your own designs. Even the littlest ones have great fun drawing their designs. You and your family could have a contest to see who can draw the scariest Jack-O-Lantern face. Then, choose your favorites, and draw them on the pumpkins with felt-tip markers, or transfer the patterns by poking holes through, as you would with commercially purchased patterns.

KoffeeKlatch Gals safety tip:

  • It's better to remove the rind a bit at a time, rather than to try to cut through all at once. A very sharp knife is needed to cut all the way through, so this is best done by an adult. You can also draw the design on the pumpkin with a colored marker - then younger children can color their Jack-O-Lantern with acrylic paints or felt-tip pens.

Jason's tips for HubNuggets Nominees:

  • If your hub is nominated in this week's HubNuggets contest, make sure you spread the word. Promote your hub - Blog about it, Digg it, Tweet it, Twitter it, post it on facebook - tell everyone you know to check out your awesomeness on Hub Pages, but please avoid posting your links in comments or forum threads!
  • Winning HubNuggets are featured in the weekly HubPages newsletter. That means your link goes out to more than 120,000 readers, with the potential to bring in traffic, page views, and earnings.

Which one of this week's Politics and Social Issues nominees is your favorite?

  • 41% Helping the Homeless
  • 3% America's Nightmare Across the Oceans
  • 9% The Original Anti-Fashionista
  • 22% Poverty in America: The History and Prejudice of one of America's Largest Cultures
  • 16% Ten Things To Know Before You Join The Military
  • 9% What Is A Conspiracy Theory? - Perspectives on 911
32 people have voted in this poll.

This poll is now closed to voting.

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, PixelsToLife! I look forward to it every year!

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      PixelsToLife 6 years ago from Arkansas

      Pumpkin carving is a lost art. Great tips here.

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, MonetteforJack. It's always great fun getting to know new writers!

      Congratulations to all the nominees!

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      MonetteforJack 6 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      This hub is like Fox News Five but in print and more fun! Thanks, people for acknowledging new writers like me. Am truly very grateful :) Am voting !!!

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      AEvans, thanks so much for stopping by to support our new writers!

      Thanks, equine!

      kat11, Gal did a grand job on her pumpkin - as did the rest of the team :D Enjoy reading and voting!

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      kat11 6 years ago from Illinois

      Great story telling and awesome pumpkin carvings Gals. I* am going to vote and good luck on all the hubpages.

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      Melissa Kanzelberger 6 years ago from Hillsboro, MO

      Phenomenal carvings!

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I see more great talent! I voted! Wishing all of them the best. :)

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      I adore Cat-o-Lanterns! I wonder if being a kitty has any bearing on this...either way Flora I heartily agree!

      Thanks Patty, it was fun matching pumpkins with people :)

      Maddie I will gladly share my pumpkin carving with you :D

      Enelle, I thought you would enjoy a Cat-o-Lantern...too bad there wasn't room for a snazzy new hat...

      Thanks lj, it's the little things that make the pumpkin...

      ripplemaker your costume rocked...verry scarry....

      Gals, you just say the sweetest things...more please :D

      Patty, I have an absolutely smashing pumpkin recipe that my sisters clamor for, I should dig it up and share it :)

      Thanks pstraubie48, hope you remembered to vote ;)

      Thanks My Digest, glad to see you!

      Good to see you travel_man1971, keep up the good work!

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I voted, rated and read notable hubs, every now and then. :D Thanks RedElf! :D)

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      My Digest 6 years ago

      This is so cool!!! I voted already!

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      Patricia Scott 6 years ago from sunny Florida

      How kindergarten children and I planted dwarf pumpkin seeds when school began this school year...hope to see the little punkins when they this article...

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      I also love to cut up a pumpkin and cook it down for pie filling. It's a lot of work, but the taste is worth the time.

      Glad so many people like this Hub and have voted! Encouraging new writers is fun and generous. Some of uour top Hubbers were one HubNuggets :)

      Anyone else like costume parties all year long?

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What fun it is to grow, harvest, and carve the pumpkins. Wonderful way to introduce th nominees and add little carving tips, safety and knowledge. I've read, voted and rated your terrific hub up and much more.

      Congrats to the nominees.

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      A non spooky lantern is a treat for the my witch costume scary enough??? LOL On my way to read and vote! Loved the hub are a genius! As always!

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      ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

      Love love the kitty pictures and my tiara looked lovely on the pumpkin. Great hub and photos thanks for getting everyone in the mood for Halloween........congrats to all the nominees. Cheers!

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      Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I LOVE my Cat-O-Lantern! Read, voted and voted up (and more) :)

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      Maddie Ruud 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Safety first! Though if truth be told, I only tell you not to let the kids do the cutting so I can do it myself. ;)

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Cat jack-o-lanterns look great on front porches and along the railing if it's wide enough, and I've seen them done with large squash other times of year. Big smiles as well are fun to see. Someone here does famous paintings as well; I hope they do it this year.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I always drew our family's design out by hand and continue to do so after moving out on my own. I never used a pattern. I'm still not willing to carve a pumpkin and get someone else to do it for me. Cat s are quite often the design I use or eyes, nose and mouth of a "person"-I have never done scenes or famous people.

      My favourite Jack-o-lantern is Enelle's-Not surprising since I love cats.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      This week, we have Nonimated Hubs, Tips, and grand photos that will pleasantly haunt me for many months.

      I've done my voting duty and also rated this Hub with Up and many more as well.

      And thanks for honoring Elvis and my Elvis Tribute buddies in a carving! Such a nice touch. Everyone will want an Elvis-o-Lantern!