My mom and I spent a lovely afternoon carving a pumpkin, listening to Samhain music, harvesting the last of our herbs, and making roasted pumpkin seeds! We found this big pumpkin last week:
My mom found a pentagram design online and she held a piece of paper up to her computer screen and traced it. You can print it out if you prefer.
For those not familiar with the significance of the pentagram, it has been used for thousands of years and in many religious traditions, but in Wicca it represents spirit, air, fire, water, and earth.
My mom cut out the pattern and taped it to our pumpkin. The paper got damp while my mom was cleaning out the pumpkin, so we recommend waiting to do this step until later!
I suggested she shade in the parts that needed to be cut out:
She cut a lid in the pumpkin, then cleaned it out. (The little knife from the pumpkin carving kit we got at the dollar store wasn’t sturdy enough and kept bending, and a serrated knife ended up working better):
Be sure to save the seeds so you can roast them! (Click here for my crispy roasted pumpkin seeds recipe.)
The scoop that came with the kit worked really well to scrape the walls of the pumpkin clean:
(This is when we recommend taping the design to the pumpkin so the paper doesn’t get damp.) My mom used a paring knife to score the design onto the pumpkin, then removed the rest of the paper:
She says to push out the cut out pieces from the inside of the pumpkin:
The knife from the kit worked much better when the outer layer of the pumpkin was already scored:
Here is the finished design:
It looks so pretty!
We took our Samhain pumpkin outside and placed it on our back steps:
Once it got dark, we lit a candle inside to see how it will look on Samhain night. We are very happy with how it turned out!
We wish you a Blessed Samhain!