A few weeks ago, I wrote a post for my friend Kat over at the 3 Bedroom Bunglow re-telling the story of last year's Pumpkin Carving Adventure.
I didn't know how we were going to top using the drill to put holes in our pumpkins, but Hubby figured out a way.
Now, Hubby doesn't consider himself much of an artist except it comes to carving Halloween pumpkins. He goes all out with the tools and this year was no exception.
Hubby's check list prior to starting included:
- Carving Template
- Tracing Paper (For the template. Poking little guide holes isn't good enough for Hubby anymore. This has become a science.)
- Big, Huge Knife
- Pumpkin Gutter
- Shop Vac
Yes, you read those last two correctly. A Shop Vac and a Pumpkin Gutter.
Hopefully, you know what a Shop Vac is.
I suppose a Pumpkin Gutter needs a little explanation.
You see, Hubby doesn't like to carve all the way through the pumpkin because the design eventually sinks into the pumpkin. By just removing the hard orange rind, you get the design, but no sinking. But one problem he's always had is getting the walls of the pumpkin thin enough to make a light show through the "skin".
This year, he got a "Pumpkin Gutter". This tool goes on to the end of your drill and helps thin out the walls of your pumpkin significantly. More so than using that orange scraper do-dad that comes with the pumpkin carving kits.
Since we used a drill last year, just using the new Pumpkin Gutter with the drill was not enough of an improvement over last year.
There had to be another tool we could use to make this experience easier than ever.
Hence, the Shop Vac!
This would suck up all the yick inside the pumpkin. I liked this idea because I didn't have to play the role of yick-scooper-outer.
You know the kids had to get in on all this action.
They're too young to handle the knife or the drill. And heaven forbid they mess up the tracing of the design.
So they were designated the official yick suckers.
- We had the most awesome pumpkins!
- I was yick free this year!