It’s approaching THAT time of the year again. Autumnal storms and dark skies make way for the slide into winter. Halloween approaches and we have put together some ideas to help you make the most of that pumpkin. Turnip was traditionally the Scottish staple for Halloween lanterns, but the innate difficulties and risk to loss of limbs while carving has meant we tend to now embrace the pumpkin.

Local purveyors of pumpkins, Arnprior Pumpkins, offer a great experience for the kids as you can have the full farm experience and trudge through the mud to pick your own. and now it’s time to carve a masterpiece in time for Halloween.

We’ve trawled the internet this Halloween to offer some inspiration to parents who might be ready to tackle this tricky job. It has to be said that while the neep is the traditional way to go, it can be a heck of a job, and finger loss is a real risk! Top Tip? Keep the wine unopened until the work with the knives is done…

An alternative idea, and altogether less dangerous, is to paint the pumpkin. There are some really rather lovely painted pumpkin ideas at the link below.

Painted Pumpkins. Scary, inspired, funny & some are just beautiful…..


A pumpkin painted plain back offers a simple background for kids to stick ther own buttons, beads and trinkets on.
Click on the image to find 100’s of free templates..










Alternatively, find a great spooky template that you can follow to achieve a professional finish.

There are simple ones, and quite complex designs to choose from, or design your own.

The video below gives some pointers on the best equipment to have to hand when carving a pumpkin.







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