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This is the final product. This was my first time carving a pumpkin. I was happy with how it turned out.

Items needed.

A PUMPKIN

A SMALL KNIFE FOR CARVING

TOOLS FOR SCOOPING CONTENT OUT. (SMALL SOUP LADLE, SPOON, MELON BALL SCOOP.)

STENCIL

STICKY TAPE

CANDLE

LIGHTER OR MATCHES

Step 1: Pick Your Pumpkin.

This step is easy. This pumpkin was purchased at local supermarket during the Halloween season.

Pick a pumpkin to suit the size required.

Step 2: Getting Pumpkin Ready for Carving

First you need to cut a hole at top of pumpkin. It should be big enough to use spoon or other tool to scoop out contents.

Using a sharp knife,cut the circle in one piece. This will be place back on top of pumpkin later.

Once top has been cut. The contents inside pumpkin should be scooped out leaving the pumpkin shell intact.

You can use what ever tool is easy for you.. I used a small soup ladle and a melon ball scoop. Even a spoon will do.

Step 3: Using a Stencil

As this was my first time carving, I thought I would use a stencil for my image. I purchased one online. May be able to find designs on google or other websites. I chose the image of the Crypt keeper.

I downloaded design then printed it out.

I then cut out details using a small craft blade.

Then taped down the design in place using sticky tape.

Now am ready to carve out the design.

Step 4: Cutting Out the Design

Using a small paring knife I began to carve out the details, right through the pumpkin shell. Take your time with this step as slipping can ruin the whole design.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL - DONT CUT YOURSELF

Step 5: Setting the Scene.

With the final product finished, was now time to set the scene. I placed a candle inside the pumpkin. I placed several other candles around the pumpkin. Lite the candles and dimmed the lights.

Wow

I was happy with how this turned out. Wasn't as hard as I thought, so give it a go.

<p>This was a good instructable and I really like how your pumpkin came out! I grew up watching Tales from the Crypt. :)</p>

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