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There has been a long history of carving lanterns from vegetables throughout Ireland and Britain.  Traditionally swedes and turnips were used but more recently pumpkins are the vegetable of choice.

…And there is nothing more spooky for the children on 31st October, than to turn off all the lights to enjoy a glowing pumpkin face. 

So if you would like to make your own pumpkin lantern this Halloween take a look at how we did ours …but remember always make sure an adult does the tasks that require a sharp knife.  Then the children can enjoy the messy part of scooping out all the pumpkin seeds with spoons! 

1. First choose a suitable pumpkin, large enough to scoop out and carve but not too big!

2. Slice off the top and scoop out the seeds with a spoon

3. Take a paper template of a design you have drawn or printed and lay over the outside of the pumpkin

4. Draw the design onto the outside of the pumpkin

5. Carefully cut the design out.

6.  Take your pumpkin or position a few together and light them for an atmospheric Halloween!

…And thanks for all your pumpkin recipe ideas.  We have had some yummy ideas which we will be putting on the blog over the next few days so do check back for that.  …And if you have a favourite way to eat pumpkin why not enter our Family Competition.  You could win some great grow your own goodies, but the closing date is 31st October 2010.

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We were recently contacted by Kath from the Peel Kids Gardening Club, and she asked for some ideas for activities with a Halloween theme. 

pile of pumpkins

We have put together our Favourite Spooky Halloween Ideas  in this fact sheet so do take a look .  Packed full of easy to do activities there’s a Yummy Recipe for Pumpkin Soup, a Make Your Own Jack -O-Lantern craft activity, Grow Your Own Spook, and all you need to know about making your very own Ghostly Scarecrow.

Hope you all have fun this Halloween!

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