"Pumpkin" "Pumpkin Carving" "Family" "Contest" "Halloween"
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Pumpkin Carving Fun With Mario

It’s that time of year again where my youngest school has their annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. The kids all work diligently to carve creative pumpkins to submit in the school and county contest. We have participates for a few years and each year Mario gets better and better at his creativeness. On last year the kids had so much fun with their pumpkins and although it was a contest they were all winners. We headed to the local Walmart in search for the perfect round pumpkin and after a few minutes of searching throw the bunch Mario finally decided on one. Upon arriving home we cleaned it thoroughly before the carving festivities begun. Looks like he’s ready to carve!

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I would definitely say that he picked out a nice size pumpkin. If you have never carved a pumpkin before than I would totally suggest purchasing a complete carving set from Walmart which also includes all of the tools and a pattern book complete with easy to follow instructions.

"Pumpkin" "Pumpkin Carving" "Family" "Contest" "Halloween"

We started out with me using a sharp knife to make a circular cut around the stem of the pumpkin so we could pull all of the gooey insides out, well so Mario could pull them out! LOL

"Pumpkin" "Pumpkin Carving" "Family" "Contest" "Halloween"

We always do this on the deck because it does get a bit messy and I found that placing a piece of cardboard under our work station makes for a very easy clean up. Once the top is cut and we lift that stem that’s when you pose for eerie photos. LOL

"Pumpkin" "Pumpkin Carving" "Family" "Contest" "Halloween"

"Pumpkin" "Pumpkin Carving" "Family" "Contest" "Halloween"Let the fun begin! The kids love this part of carving especially my boys. They don’t seem to mind scrapping out the insides. YUCK!

"Pumpkin" "Pumpkin Carving" "Family" "Contest" "Halloween"

"Pumpkin" "Pumpkin Carving" "Family" "Contest" "Halloween" Once the pumpkin is completely cleaned out then all you have to do wet your stencil attach it to the pumpkin and hold it in place on the pumpkin with some Saran wrap then its CARVING TIME!

"Pumpkin" "Pumpkin Carving" "Family" "Contest" "Halloween"

The kids have so much fun attempting to follow the lines so that they don’t make a mistake but who cares? Just have fun carving like we did and here’s the final result!

"Pumpkin" "Pumpkin Carving" "Family" "Contest" "Halloween"

Why not add a Johnsonville Fireman hat? LOL

"Pumpkin" "Pumpkin Carving" "Family" "Contest" "Halloween"

Images by Turkesha McIvy

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