As Halloween approaches, Friedman’s will be showing you how to make sure you carve your pumpkin like an absolute boss, while creating a Halloween costume in the process! We like to call this costume idea “The Carver”. Best of all, every single one of these items can be found in your local Friedman’s store. Below, we’ll walk you through everything you need and everything you need to do to carve like a boss this Halloween:

Pumpkin Carving/”The Carver” Costume Checklist:

  • Stanley jab saw
  • Super Tuff 9×12 drop cloth
  • McGuire-Nicholas 3 pocket shop apron
  • Safety Works safety goggles
  • WD-40
  • Sharpie

If you’re using this checklist to make your costume for Halloween, you’re good to go as long as you don’t plan on adding the jab saw to your costume. It’s probably best to leave that at home after you’re done carving your pumpkin. Some things are too scary for Halloween.

Carving the Pumpkin:

* Step 1 – Safety first! To avoid getting any pumpkin splatter in your eye, put on your safety goggles. To prevent getting pumpkin splatter on your clothes, put on your shop apron.

* Step 2 – Using your Stanley jab saw, begin cutting in a circular motion around the top of the pumpkin.

* Step 3 – Using either an ice cream scoop, small garden shovel, or simply your bare hands, begin scooping out the inside of the pumpkin. You want to make sure to get all of the insides cleaned out – the inside of your pumpkin should just have the white inner walls with no debris.

* Step 4 – This step is completely up to you. You can either use a stencil or draw the design yourself using Sharpie. Make sure to remember that when carving a pumpkin, thin outlines make for thin shapes in the pumpkin. To best showcase your pumpkin, make sure your outlines are wide enough that when you put a light inside, people can recognize what unique design your pumpkin has.

* Step 5 – Using WD-40, make sure to spray your whole pumpkin, inside and out. The WD-40 keeps the pumpkin from rotting faster.

* Step 6 – You can finish by putting a candle inside to light up your pumpkin. At Friedman’s, because we believe in always putting safety first, a safer option would be a small, battery powered outdoor light. That way you can put your pumpkin out for everyone to see without having to worry about your pumpkin or worse, catching on fire while you’re out trick or treating.

We can’t wait to see what pumpkins you design. In fact, take a picture of your pumpkin that you designed and share it with us on our Facebook page or mention it to us on Twitter (@friedmanshome). You never know, we may showcase our favorite design. Have a safe and happy Halloween from all of us at Friedman’s.