How to carve your first pumpkin.....or how I carved my first pumpkin

Emma, our head colourist, loves Halloween but had never carved a pumpkin before, so we decided to give it a whirl.

Step 1 - Get some pumpkins. This led to a salon debate about whether there is a difference between regular pumpkins, and 'carving' pumpkins. Are they less tasty to eat? Softer skin? Or just clever marketing?

2. Tool Up. We bought a supermarket carving tools kit, but sadly they just weren't up to the task. We snapped both blades and ended up desperately using a pen knife and scissors. Ideally something serrated worked best. We weren't willing to give up though!

3. Fail to plan, plan to fail. Don't allow your excitement to get the better of you. Use a biro to sketch out your design. We found the pumpkin juice would wipe any excess biro off with a little rub (ooh er).


4. Stand back and admire the glory.

I'm not afraid to say that we giggled and squealed that our finished pumpkins actually looked...dare I say it.....good. We even contemplated using our new found skills to carve other fruits/vegetables - carved watermelon? Apple?