How to Halloween

29 Oct 2017 The American Dream

Many countries celebrate Halloween, but it means a lot to U.S. citizens! They literally go crazy with arts and cratfts! In America, Halloween is one of the most popular and spookiest holidays. In addition to creating the scariest costumes, carving creepy designs into pumpkins is at the center of the festivities. Did you ever carve a pumpkin for Halloween? It's about time! We teach you how!

The classic and most popular pumpkin for Halloween is the winter squash because it is the biggest. This makes them easy and fun to carve.

The variety called “winter squash” is a term that refers to a sub-species of pumpkin. Winter squashes are again divided up into sub-species depending on color, consistency and size. For the best carving pumpkins, we recommend the varieties Early Harvest, Neon, Rocket or Howden. 

Not only children love to carve spooky ghosts, ugly witches or horrifying faces into pumpkins. In the United States, pumpkin carving is just as much fun for adults and it is not uncommon for local communities or companies to host pumpkin carving contests during the Halloween season. The creepiest or most unique pumpkin wins a prize! 


We have prepared some instructions for those who want to carve their own Jack-o’-Latern this Halloween: If you are carving for the first time, we especially recommend using a larger pumpkin. The bigger the pumpkin is, the easier it is to carve out your design.

  1. The first step you should take is cutting the top of the pumpkin off – this means using a small saw to cut around the stem. Be aware that the hole should be big enough to fit your hand and small enough for the wedged “lid” to be put back on without falling into the pumpkin.
  2. One of the funniest steps is scooping out the pumpkin “guts” (the pulp and seeds). To do this you can use an ice cream scoop or a large spoon. Scrap the sides of the pumpkin clean until the wall of the pumpkin is around 2-3 centimeters thick.
  3. Now you can begin with your Jack-o’-Latern! Start by sketching your design onto the pumpkin with a felt-tip marker. If you don’t trust your own drawing skills, you can print off a pattern from the internet.
  4. Use a small, sharp knife to cut along the lines of your pattern.
  5. To keep your pumpkin fresh for a longer time, clean the inside of your pumpkin with vinegar and then let your pumpkin sit. As soon as the pumpkin is dry, you can put a small light (candle or a battery-powered bulb) into the pumpkin and put the lid back on. Now your first home-made Jack-o’-Latern is done! Place it on the front porch and enjoy how it sends a chill down the spines of the trick-or-treaters! 

Halloween Pumpkin Trick or Treat2By the way: The worldwide famous legend behind the history of pumpkins and Halloween – and Halloween itself – comes from Ireland. Unlike Halloween (originally a Celtic tradition), the pumpkin is actually native to the United States and specifically North America. Pumpkins have been traced back as far as 8000 – 10000 B.C. and tend to grow in warmer climates because they are sensitive to the cold. There are many different varieties in the delicious American pumpkin family. 

Boo! What’s scarier than Halloween? Missing your chance to apply for this year’s Green Card Lottery! Who knows, you could soon be carving your next spooky Jack-o’-Latern in the United States. We are keeping our fingers crossed that you will soon be the lucky owner of a Green Card and that your American Dream comes true!

We are always looking forward to see your pictures of the USA or a recent Halloween costume party or selfmade Halloween pumpkins, share them on Facebook with us! Happy Halloween!