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The scariest night of the year is coming. No one will be able to escape or resist the strong emotions that Halloween night. The Halloween pumpkin is the most well-known decoration of this celebration, so if you are going to celebrate a 'scary' party, do not forget to prepare one pumpkin with a scary face to decorate your house.
We teach you, step by step, how to prepare a Halloween pumpkin in a very simple way. Children will need the help and supervision of their parents to make this children's craft, due to the cuts they will have to make with a knife to make eyes and mouth in the pumpkin.
- 1 pumpkin of desired size
- 1 black marker
- 1 cutter or pointed knife
- 1 spoon to empty the pumpkin
- 1 candle
- Important: if it is a child who is going to make this craft that is always supervised by an adult
Children can, for example, help empty and clean the pumpkin of seeds and pulp, draw the eyes and mouth, and then have fun with scares ...
1- First of all, obviously, you have tobuy the pumpkin. It is advisable that the pumpkin has a flat base to stand on its own and that the face is smooth because it will be easier to work with.
2- With the help of a knife, a lid will be made and cut to the pumpkin, we refer to the upper part.
3- Then we must remove the seeds (pipes) and the pulp from the inside of the pumpkin.
4- With the help of a marker, draw thelittle eyes in triangle format, and onezigzag mouth. And using a pointed knife or box cutter, cut the face pieces along the dotted line.
5- This is how the pumpkin will stay if each piece of its face is cut well.
6- For the pumpkin to gain a scary appearance, of Jack-O, introduce acandle inside. Some prefer to light it before putting it in the pumpkin and others prefer to light it afterwards.
7- And this is how our Halloween pumpkin looks when we turn off the lights ... Huhuhuhuhuhu ... How scary!
Craft made by Clara Z.C. Madrid Spain.
The pumpkin is a very traditional decoration at Halloween parties. Its origin is in the legends and traditions of the Celtic peoples of Scotland and Ireland.
Legend has it that many years ago, on Halloween night, a bad man went looking for an Irish farmer on his farm, named Jack, because he accused him of being a scammer. Jack managed to trick the bad man and catch him. In exchange for his freedom, the bad man promised Jack that he would leave and never look for him again. So it was.
After many years, Jack died but was not accepted in either heaven or hell. The bad man didn't want to hear from Jack. He sentenced him to be in purgatory to pay his penalties and debts. But before leaving, Jack asked the bad man for his last wish, a light so he could illuminate his path. The bad man handed him an ember. The farmer took one of the turnips from his bag, made a hole in it, and placed the charcoal inside the tubers. And that's how Jack of the Lantern (Jack the lantern) became a legend in Ireland.
Why turnips and not squash?
When the Irish immigrated to the United States, they brought their customs, celebrations and of course, the Halloween holiday. But since there were no turnips in the United States, but there was a large pumpkin plantation, the Irish, together with the Americans, exchanged turnips for pumpkins. Since then, pumpkins are carved, and put on the windows and doors of houses to scare away the bad guys on Halloween nights.