The best way to carve a pumpkin - and where to find cool templates
With Halloween just around the corner, many of us will be picking or buying a pumpkin or two ready to carve on the night.
As the fruit has grown in popularity, replacing more traditional produce such as a turnip, people have turned to social media to show off elaborate and arty carvings.
If you are getting ready to carve a pumpkin this Halloween, here's a step by step guide along with face ideas and top tips for Instagram ready creation.
How to carve a simple face
What you'll need
A large and small serrated knifeA large spoonA marker pen or face templateTealight and matches
Take your large, carving pumpkin and cut off the top, about 5cm down from the stalk, with a serrated knife.
Using a large spoon, scrape out the seeds and fibres. Keep the seeds to be roasted for a tasty snack.
Either use a marker pen to draw out the face you want, or look online for some detailed templates.
Then, using a small serrated knife, cut out the face shapes. Remember, the small pieces of pumpkin from this can be used in cooking.
Place a tealight in the pumpkin, light, then place the top back on.
Best online resources for templates
If you want to take things to the next level, and aren't much of an artist, head online for a range of templates which can be printed out and used this Halloween.
Pumpkin Pile is a free resource with categories such as classic, sports, films and superheroes.
Red Tricycle is another free resource, with templates of witches, Frankenstein and a sunflower.
Zombie Pumpkins has over 400 designs, from kid-friendly to scary and for all levels of skill.
Pinterest is another great place to visit for inspiration on all things carving and Halloween.
A version of this article first appeared on The Scotsman