Extra Pumpkin Time Tips:
► Running short of time? Plan to clean out your pumpkin one day and carve it a day or two later.
► Patience and care may result in the most beautiful designs. However, even haphazardly cut pumpkins can look happy and festive.
► It can help to insert a tool in the center of an area to be cut away, working your way out to the actual cutting line. It may also help to begin with shallow cuts, retracing them more deeply until the pieces are removed.
► Keep cut pumpkins in a cool place whenever possible. Setting them inside large plastic bags may also help keep pumpkins from drying out.
► Coating all cut edges with a brush dipped in petroleum jelly will also help keep pumpkins from drying out.