OMJ 101: How to carve the perfect Halloween pumpkin

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Here’s how to make a perfect pumpkin.

Halloween is really one of those perfect holidays. You get to dress up, stuff your face with candy and have an excuse to carve silly faces into a giant squash. While carving pumpkins has been a tradition for many years, a lot of people are upping the ante on their designs and creating true masterpieces.

It’s become some a popular form of artistry that there are whole exhibitions dedicated to Jack-O-Lantern works of art. Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns is just one featured right here in the Garden State at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus from October 27 to 30. But, if you’re pumpkin isn’t worthy enough to make the cut, don’t worry because you can still make a killer cut-out with a few simple tips.

The folks over at made this great video that explains the best way to make the perfect Jack-O-Lantern. While we’ll let them tell you how, we’re helping you out by telling you where to get the tools to make it all happen.

1. First you’ll need a pumpkin, so check out one of these amazing patches to find the perfectly one for you.

2. You’ll need disinfectant wipes so be sure to head to your local Whole Foods to grab some Seventh Generation environmentally-safe wipes.

3. You’ll need some markers or India ink to pre-plan your design. Blick Art Materials in Paramus is the perfect place to pick up your drawing necessities.

4. Of course tools to actually carve the pumpkin are required. You can get a premium pumpkin carving kit for $10 at Target in Riverdale.

5. Lastly, it’s not a Jack-O-Lantern without the lantern part of it. Illuminate your masterpiece by grabbing a camping light or LED light at Best Buy in Paramus.