While scouring Pinterest for Halloween inspiration, we came across BuzzFeed’s 29 reasons cantaloupe is the new pumpkin. Needless to say, we got excited, and we have a thirtieth to add to that list: cantaloupe jack-o-lanterns.
Simple and sweet, California cantaloupes are serious contenders for your Halloween jack-o-lantern carving tradition. Not sure where to begin with this endeavor? Look no further. We’ve broken it down step-by-step so you can get to prepping, carving, and snacking on your cantaloupe jack-o-lantern!
Step 1: Select your California cantaloupe and gather your supplies:
- California cantaloupe, properly washed
- Paper towels
- Chef knife, carving knives, and large spoon
- Sharpie or other pen that can mark the rind
- Small votive candle or LED candle
- Glass plate
Step 2: Trace your design on the cantaloupe using your pen.
Step 3: Cut the base of the cantaloupe using the chef’s knife and scoop out the insides (feel free to snack on the sweet fruit as you scoop out).
Step 4: Carve design using your carving knife/knives following your traced design.
Step 5: Place candle or LED votive on glass plate.
Step 6: Light candle or turn on LED votive. Place cantaloupe on top of candle and let the festivities commence!
*To ensure safety: use an LED votive. If using candles, don’t leave lit candle unattended.
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