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How a Hand Mixer Can Help Carve a Pumpkin

A person carves a jack o'lantern.

Carving a pumpkin is an October must-do. But let’s be honest, pumpkin carving can be both messy and difficult. Thanks to a recent TikTok hack, your next jack-o-lantern won’t be so hard to craft.

When carving a pumpkin, go ahead and grab your hand mixer. Yes, you read that right, and once you see the Halloween hack, you’ll understand.

TikTok content creator Barbara Costello, known as Brunch with Babs, took to her social media channels to offer up tips on pumpkin carving. She’s got several, but the one getting the most love involves a hand mixer and the inside of a pumpkin.


🎃Do’s and Don’ts of Pumpkin Carving 🎃It is a treasured tradition in our family to carve jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.  But with all the yuck and mess, sometimes my kids would quit the project before we even started.  Babs’ Do’s and Don’ts for Pumpkin Carving, saves the mess and speeds up carving so you can have the perfect jack-o-lantern with no mess and no fuss.  Happy Halloween 🎃XO Babs 1. Carve from bottom.  That way you have the stem to hold onto and you can easily slip the pumpkin right over a candle or flashlight. 2. Hold pumpkin in your lap to carve.  You will have a much steadier pumpkin to cut.    3. Use a red dry erase marker to sketch your design. It erases easily and if you miss a spot, it blends in. 4. Use a hand mixer to clean out your pumpkin. 5. Use cookie cutters and a rubber mallet to carve your design. 6. Cover all cut surfaces with Vaseline to keep the pumpkin moist after carving.  Pumpkins should last 1-2 weeks carved! 7. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the inside top of your pumpkin for festive pumpkin spice smell when a candle is lit inside the pumpkin.  🎃 #pumpkincarving

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In the video, Costello first recommends carving from the bottom. Then, place the pumpkin stem down in your lap. Usually, you’d grab a spoon and start shoveling out all those pumpkin guts. Instead, Costello says to place your hand mixer whisks inside the pumpkin and spin, spin, spin. As she demonstrates, you can see all those strings and seeds come right off the walls.

Once everything the mixer is done getting everything removed, simply scoop out any bits that are less behind.

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As we mentioned, the hand mixer hack is just one of Costello’s tips. She also recommends a few things we’ve also noted before like using petroleum jelly on your pumpkin and carving it from the bottom. 

If you’re still planning to carve a pumpkin this Halloween, break out that hand mixer.

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