Last year Buba and Missy Moo were far too young to comprehend carving pumpkins. Buba was just old enough to request that I carve Mickey and Minnie Mouse for him and his baby sister but he didn’t know what that actually meant. At the time it was all about Mickey and Minnie Mouse so I am pretty certain it was a fluke.
However, this year things have changed, Buba has grown up so much and is really into celebrating Halloween this year. He was ever so excited to pick out his Halloween costume on his own, dress up for his first Halloween party of the year, on Monday and asked me to carved pumpkins with him. I couldn’t pass this up, I love carving pumpkins. So while Missy Moo napped and Buba and I had some one-on-one time together I thought it would be the perfect time to carve a pumpkin together. I handed him our tools, our handy-dandy Oxo Good Grips Fruit Scoopers, which made it so easy for both of us to scoop out all those pumpkin seeds and guts. The orange, large fruit scooper was his favorite as you can see!
First things first, we have to cut out our lid! I use a grated knife as it’s easier to saw the lid out in an octagon sort of shape. Make sure to angle your knife inward so the lid doesn’t fall straight into the pumpkin, it leaves a ledge for it to sit on.
I use a large picnic table cloth on the floor, so that Buba could scoop those pumpkin seeds right onto the floor without making a big mess. And we got stuck in getting those pumpkin guts hollowed out. Buba is still too young to handle pumpkin carving tools or knives so the scooping was his task. He did brilliantly after he got the hang of it.
You can see how easy the fruit scoopers are for kids to use. I look forward to trying them out on melons and kiwis too! I love that they have big rounded edges safe for kids to use and a good handle to grip. Even though Buba’s hand was covered in pumpkin goo, his hand didn’t slip off the handle. I am no artist and the characters my kids request are not the easiest to draw and carve out if you don’t use my easy to follow, quick carving tip.
Whatever they may choose, google image it, use PicMonkey.com to resize to your pumpkin as most images and templates you find on google print out A4 size. Cut out your character as close to the face as possible and tape completely around the character to the pumpkin making sure it’s as flat as possible. I use the back of a meat thermometer or use a poking tool from a carving kit to make tiny dots along the entire taped template then remove the paper. You will be left with this perfect outline of your character on your pumpkin. Then it’s just a case of connecting the dots. Start from the top and work your way down through the face to the bottom. If you start in the middle tiny pieces can break easier as there isn’t as much support. If you do accidentally cut into another opening, use a toothpick to pin it back together.
Here are my two finished Olaf & Doc McStuffins Pumpkins carved out. During the day we have them outside on our front porch or on each side of our stairway. At night we like to light them on the kitchen island or put them in our living room front window to show them off. As you can see, it is so simple to make any fancy pumpkin carving! If I can do it, so can you!
Check out the video below to see us in action
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* we were sent this fruit scoop set for the purpose of this review but all photos, opinions are our own.