4 Ways to Step Up Your Pumpkin Carving Game
1. Pick the right size.
"Bigger pumpkins just have a presence," Reckner says. Look for varieties like Prizewinners, which have a reddish hue, and Big Max, which give off a more impressive glow.
2. It's all about the preparation.
Use a kitchen spoon to scoop out pulp and seeds. Scraping the shell will help the pumpkin last longer and let more light shine through.
3. Keep it simple.
You don't need fancy tools to carve something special: Reckner's standby is a plain old paring knife.
4. Make it last.
To give your pumpkin a longer life, spray it with a diluted bleach solution or place it near a fan to prevent decay and keep pesky bugs away.