Scraping the Walls of Halloween Pumpkins

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Jack-O-Lanterns are a classic Halloween decoration. Learn how to scrape the walls of your pumpkin with expert tips on how to carve a Halloween pumpkin in this free video clip.

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I'm going to talk to you about scraping the walls of your pumpkin. So once you've scooped out all of the seeds and strings, it's time to scrape the walls. This is important because you want to make sure that the skin of your pumpkin is thin enough to carve into. But make sure that it's not too thin because if it's too thin, then your pumpkin is going to collapse because the pressure from cutting into it will just be too great. The best thing to use for scraping the walls is a metal spoon. So dig into the pumpkin a little bit. Scoop out pumpkin flesh like this. Now while you're doing this, make sure that you keep your hands relatively dry because if you're pushing down really hard on the spoon and your hands are wet, they're going to slide off and you're going to end up hurting yourself. So if you need to, take a break every once in a while to dry your hands off on a paper towel. And you should expect this process to take at least fifteen or twenty minutes. So be patient and it will pay off in the end because while you're cutting, it will be much easier to do. One thing that can make the process much faster is scraping the walls into a pile at the bottom of the pumpkin and then once you have a large amount down there, you can just reach in and take out handfuls at a time. Also, to make sure that you do a thorough job, start at one side, scrape all the way up, get everything off of that wall and then turn the pumpkin a little bit and then scrape the next part, this way you can make sure that you don't miss a spot. Another thing to remember is to scrape underneath the top part. It's very easy to forget this part because you can't see it, but that's where all the smoke is going to go, so it's really important that there's nothing hanging down. Once you think you've gotten just about everything out, if your pumpkin is small enough, you can turn it upside down and shake out anything that is still left in there.

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