Hicks Nurseries in Westbury offers tips to carve the perfect pumpkin this Halloween

The key is to trace the design on the pumpkin first before you start carving.

The key is to trace the design on the pumpkin first before you start carving. (10/14/13)

WESTBURY - With fall upon us, it’s a great time to go pumpkin picking. But Halloween isn’t complete without a Jack ‘o lantern. News 12’s Elisa DiStefano and Elizabeth Hashagen teamed up with Hicks Nurseries to learn how to carve the perfect pumpkin.

According to Laurette Kovary, of Hicks, there are three tips you should follow to make carving easy. First, she says, you should pick a pumpkin the size of a dinner plate. Two, she says, you need to gut the pumpkin from the bottom. Third, she says, you should tape a stencil onto the pumpkin and draw an outline of what you want. Lastly, you can carve it up according to your design.

Kovary adds that an easy way to gut the pumpkin is to use a tuna can.

And if you want to make your Jack ‘o lantern last longer than two weeks, Kovary suggests keeping it in a cool place.

For more tips on carving a pumpkin and places to pick a pumpkin, click on the links on the left or head to our Traveler section.

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Where to go Pumpkin & Apple PickingHere's a list of things to do in your area this fall season. Please note, this is not a complete list. There may be events in your area not listed.

Pumpkin Carving

Children's Workshop: Pumpkin Decorating & Planting @ Hicks Nurseries
Oct 15, 16, 17 @ 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 + tax per child. Reservations required. Please call 516-334-0066

Pumpkin Decorating Demonstration @ Hicks Nurseries
Oct 19 @ 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Children's Workshop: Decorate a House for Otto @ Hicks Nurseries
Oct 22, 23, 24 @ 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 + tax per child. Reservations are required. Please call 516-334-0066

Hicks Nursery Hicks Facebook Hicks Upcoming Events

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