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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Jack-O'-Lantern Experience


First Jack-O'-Lantern Experience


 A jack-o'-lantern is a carved pumpkin, turnip or beet, associated chiefly with the holiday of Hallowe'en, and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o'-the-wisp or jack-o'-lantern. In a jack-o'-lantern, the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved out, and the lid replaced. It is typically seen during Halloween.
 The origin of Jack o' Lantern carving is uncertain. The carving of vegetables has been a common practice in many parts of the world, with Gourds being the earliest plant species domesticated by humans c. 10,000 years ago, primarily for their carving potential- ( source: wikipedia )

Trick-or-treating or guising is a customary practice for children on Halloween in many countries. Children in costumes travel from house to house in order to ask for treats such as candy (or, in some cultures, money) with the question "Trick or treat?". The "trick" is a (usually idle) threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given to them. ( source: wikipedia )

This is our first time to carved Pumpkin and I'm pretty excited about it, more than excited than my kiddies, I think..(wink). I made Easy Spaghetti for our dinner and my kids helped me make Iced Pumpkin Cookies for our yummy dessert. Pumpkin carving is really fun activities for the whole family, especially for kids. Awesome experience!!
Trick or treat is just around the corner with that being said, My kiddies are well prepared with their costumes. My daughter will gonna be Cinderella and my son will gonna be Power Ranger. I'm beyond exited to see them trick or treating this year, their both prepared and know what's trick or treat all about.:) I'm sure we gonna have fun on Halloween! How about you? Any plan for Halloween? Any carving ideas or tips wanna share. I'm more than happy to know.:)
Check out below our first carved pumpkins. Enjoy the rest of the week!  I'll see you in few days for more recipes.



Things you'll need:
Pumpkins
Carving tools
Trash Bag
Tea light- to light up the carved pumpkins at night
Stencil-  bhg.com- free printable pumpkin stencils

( My daughter's Pick-  BOO-tiful Kitty Cat! )
Directions:
1.) Take the bottom part of the pumpkin, use spoon to scrape the inside cavity of the pumpkin. Clean it really good make sure no seeds left.
2.) Using your stencil printed in the computer, trace it over your clean pumpkin. THAT'S IT!
Note: If carving for simple pumpkin face you don't have to use stencil. Whatever makes you feel  easy and comfortable..
3.) Follow the stencil line then start carving, start with the most difficult one like the eyes, tale, mouth and ears. Then do the rest slowly!


( My son's pick- SPOOKY Ghost )
4.) After done carving, wipe the carved pumpkins. Make sure that everything looks good. Wait for night time to come and light up the carved pumpkin using the tea light. I think its about time to grab some Iced Pumpkin Cookies.. wink:)

Kiddies super LOVED the carved Pumpkins-- Yay! that's what its all about
Making sweet unforgettable memories!
Happy Halloween Everyone! See you in few days for more exciting and fun recipes..
(xoxox- sweetcuisinera)

32 comments:

  1. The first and last time I carved a Jack-o-lantern was in October 1995 in the US! Are there pumpkins in Manila and other places in the Philippines?

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    1. It's been awhile. I'm not sure if Pumpkins sold in the Philippines..Thanks!

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  2. Eeek so cute! I wish pumpkins were sold here in the Philippines!

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  3. That is really cool carvings.. very well done :)

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  4. Cute! I'd like to experience carving my own too!

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  5. Me too, how I wish I can carve my own pumpkin too.

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    1. It is nice experience and I'm sure sooner or later you'll get a chance to experience it..:) Thanks!

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  6. Very artistic. I don't know if I still have the deftness for that. Ma-try nga sa kalabasa hehehe

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    1. I think it would work with Kalabasa. Thank you:)

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  7. cute carving.. I hope to see these big pumpkins here in the Philippines and try carving something for Halloween also.. :)

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  8. That's great. I was wondering how much is that pumpkin. I saw one at the mall earlier and it's pretty expensive ah.

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    1. Thank you! I bought ours for $5.99 each, sometimes they go on sale for $3.00:)

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  9. Beautiful pumpkin carving, Love to do one, but afraid though.

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    1. Thank you..:) It's kinda fun actually..:)

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  10. Aww, if only there's pumpkins here. I am pretty sure kasi they are expensive na here. Your jack-o-lantern carving looks great sis.

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    1. Thank you! I think it is expensive there if there's any, wala kasi akong makitang pumpkin sa pinas before.

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  11. Beautifully carved! You have good hands. Not everybody can do this.

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    1. Thank you for the printable stencil available make the carving a little easy for me..Thanks, Sis:)

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  12. We don't have pumpkins here in the Philippines so jack-o-lanterns made of pumpkins are very rare or eve wala pa nga.

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  13. For a first timer, you did pretty well. Galing!

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  14. wow, that is so cute!! love your carvings, sis! kaso, di ba mahirap gawin? like, di ba matigas yung loob when you scoop everything out using a spoon or something? wish we could do that too next year, i'm sure my son would love it! :-)

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    1. Matigas nga yung sa loob it took me awhile to clean out the inside cavity of the pumpkins. Hindi naman masyadong mahirap kasi may stencil naman akong ginamin.. I'm sure Trev love to do it. Thank you, Sis:)

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