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Picking the perfect pumpkin for carving


You’ve got the carving knife, a stencil (that you’ll never tell the neighbors you used) and a trash bag for all the seeds. Now, you just need the pumpkin to turn into a jack-o’-lantern.

Use these tips to find the right one:

– No soft spots: Check for blemishes and signs of decay. It won’t last long, otherwise.

– Shapes matter: Oblong pumpkins can be better for some designs, particularly faces. No matter the style, a flatter bottom makes it easier to carve.

– Knock, knock: If you hear a hollow sound when you knock on it, it’s ready to carve.

– Dan Stefano, The Pittsburgh 100

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