Halloween Carvings

Learn to carve watermelons for Halloween.

| October 22, 2012

This Halloween, why not put a fun twist on pumpkin carving by making some Jack O’Melons? Watermelons carve up boo-tifully, and you can eat the fruit right away, making it easy to scare up some delicious Halloween fun.

A Bat Jack O’Melon, Tiki Mask, and Jack O’Melon can add a frightfully fun touch to a Halloween party, and the whole family can help carve them. For more carving ideas and instructions, visit www.watermelon.org.

Watermelons are a healthy addition to any Halloween party. They’re the lycopene leader among fresh produce, are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, and contain 6 percent of the daily value for vitamin B6, all of which boost your immune system.

Carving Tips

  • Have the watermelon at room temperature when you carve. The cuts will be easier to make. You can chill the watermelon in the refrigerator after cutting and before serving.
  • After you’ve drawn the design on the rind, insert toothpicks in key places to use as guides for your cuts.
  • Use a sharp knife with a pointed tip; the sharper the knife, the easier and cleaner the cuts will be.
  • When attaching cut pieces on the watermelon to make your design, use round toothpicks or skewers. Flat toothpicks will often break due to the weight of the piece or the thickness of the rind.

Bat Jack O’Melon

2 round watermelons, preferably yellow, for the body
Kitchen and paring knives
Cutting board
Green dry-erase marker (preferably washable)
Large bowl and spoon
Candy corns
4- to 6-inch wooden skewers
Candle or light

Wash watermelons under cool running water and pat dry.

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