easy pumpkin carving

October 30, 2022

5 Easy Tips for a MESS FREE and Easy Pumpkin Carving Session

Pumpkin carving is one of the many highlights of fall and a great way to gear up for Halloween. However, you know as well as we do that it is no easy feat. Not only can this giant orange squash deter the strongest of will, but the slimy, stringiness is no fun when they are strewn across your table, countertops, and floor.

We know it can be a daunting task, but we’re also here to tell you that we’ve got some tips up our sleeves to make it nothing but fun!

Here are some tips to make pumpkin carving easy peasy and less pumpkin squeezy.

How to Carve a Pumpkin: Steps and Visual Guide

Baby Wipes Aren’t Just to Wipe Bums!

Messy hands are given during pumpkin carving. Also, a given are the constant shrieks for a said parent to wipe those tiny hands that keep encountering bits and pieces of pumpkin innards. A helpful tip for this pumpkin-carving problem is to keep a package of baby wipes on the table for wiping dirty hands. It may seem like a simple task but it will save you the hassle of running back and forth to clean up small messes while also keeping those hands mess-free (and unable to wipe pumpkin residue on your walls!) Place a small garbage pail near the table for tossing the dirty wipes.

Protect Your Table

Another tip for pumpkin carving is to cover your table with newspaper. Try to get every inch so that when you are done, there’s nothing left to wipe. When done, just roll up the paper with the pumpkin guts inside!

Cover Your Floors

If only pumpkin bits could just stick to the table area, life would be great. But, no, we know those stringy bits and fleshy parts are going to fly around as your carving session continues. And if you step on them, now you’ve smeared them on the floor, too! Grab some plastic bags and cover that floor up. Use painter’s tape to hunker those sides down so that the bags do not move as much. Once done, just roll up the bags and throw them out! Be sure to remember this tip when carving pumpkins to keep your place clean!

Skip the Indoor Preps and Head Outside

Toronto is still experiencing amazing fall weather and what better way to connect even more to the season than by carving your pumpkin outside? Not only will you skip the mess indoors, but it will also be a less stressful clean up afterward. Grab a big plastic tablecloth and head on outdoors. When you’re done, simply fold up the tablecloth and toss it away or wipe it down with a wet microfiber cloth for future use. Whatever floats your boat.

Wipe Down Your Pumpkin

Wipe down your what? That’s right! Once you’ve cleaned out the pumpkin, wipe down the interior of the pumpkin with a mixture of water and bleach. Why? Because the bleach mixture will prevent rotting, enabling you to enjoy your carved designs longer! Plus the smell of bleach can keep other animals away who may want to munch on the pumpkin outside. This makes your carved pumpkin easier to maintain!

Share your own tips for pumpkin carving decorations with us and which #pumpkinhacks you used! Maid InTo is available for you.