It won't be long before you see spooky Halloween lanterns glowing on windowsills and door steps across Huddersfield.
Halloween is just around the corner — and you can get into the spirit of All Hallows' Eve by carving your very own pumpkin lantern.
Dobbies have given their top tops on how to carve the best pumpkin this October 31 — follow their guide to give your lantern a professional looking finish.
How to carve a pumpkin
1. Choose your pumpkin — Pick the largest pumpkin you can, as it makes the carving process easier. Simple is best — the key to a great Halloween lantern is a simple design that's easy to draw and easy to carve.
2. Choose your design — Use triangles to form a face, or search for an easy template to use online and print it off.
3. Draw on your design — Use a non-permanent felt tip pen to draw on the design so you can wipe it clean if you make a mistake.
4. Start carving — Cut the lid off the top of the pumpkin, and remove the top and stalk. Keep your knife at an angle to make this easier. Don't throw the lid away!
5. Scoop out the seeds — Here's where it gets a bit messy — scoop out the centre of the pumpkin, including the seeds.
6. Cut out your design — Carefully carve out your design with a sharp knife — be careful with the blade!
7. Add the candle — Place a tea light in the centre of the lantern and replace the lid.
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- The easiest shapes to work with are triangles — use the shapes to make a face, or an interesting pattern.
- For the best results, use different knives/utensils for each job — a serrated knife to carve into the pumpkin, an ice cream scoop or metal spoon for removing the insides of the pumpkin, then a paring knife to carve your design.
- Look for an unbruised pumpkin to carve — and bigger pumpkins are easier to work with.
- Don't carve freestyle — draw on your design with a marker pen, or tape on a paper template and carve around it. Use a cocktail stick to mark holes around the design then remove the paper.
- Keep sharp knives away from small children — a safe alternative for little ones is to let them draw their designs on the pumpkin with a black marker then colour in the shapes with black paint.
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