How to Carve A Pumpkin . . . From a Kid's Perspective

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

Craig Rutman recently wrote a blog about Carving a Pumpkin, Realtor style. Missing from his post was the critical selection process of picking a pumpkin and then the carving. With this in mind, we went through the full process, this past Sunday with grandson Raphael in charge

We went over to the Pumpkin Patch in the parking lot of St Anthony's Church here in Prospect Ct. There was a wide selection to pick from and it's for a good cause, to fund Mission Hope, which helps the needy people here in Prospect who have fallen on hard times.

Of course with the proper selection, mom has to help a little with here suggestions as well.

Not too small, not too large, a nice round surface and easy to pick up.




This is not something to be taken lightly, after all this is our first time at this and we don't want to mess up.

Once we made the selection. we went over to the Prospect green to see all the contestants and winners from the Prospect Pumpkin Festival.

Everybody knows that it's always wise to check out the comparables before moving forward into the competition.

Then it's off to the house to get started.



Once mom has helped with the knife to make access to the inside possible, then of course we need to scoop it all out. Feels kind of funny and squishy.


Just when I thought I was almost done, mom lets me know that there's still work to do, hands full at a time. This is not as simple as we thought.

Finally it's done! set it out on the porch, and of course, WHERE'S THE CANDY?

Happy Halloween


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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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Nice post it is always good to remember the children and how important these activities are to them. Happy Halloween.

Oct 26, 2010 05:38 AM #1
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Hi Pat, this is one of the days when it's all about the kids, and next to presents what kid doesn't like to get a candy bar,  and the parents say it's all right. Thanks for stopping

Oct 26, 2010 05:40 AM #2
Robert Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Ed - I never did the get the the hang of doing a good pumpkin carving.... Good post Ed... Fun times... From Bob down in the tropics of NJ....

Oct 26, 2010 05:55 AM #3
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I've come to the conclusion that young children identify with Jack-O-Lanterns because they are both missing teeth.

Oct 26, 2010 06:21 AM #4
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Thanks for filling in the missing pieces of my post Ed! This was much better than mine anyway! So glad you and your grandson got to have this memorable experience together. It's something you'll both remember forever.

Oct 26, 2010 06:50 AM #5
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Bob, I hadn't done it in years. Whenever I had a knife in my hands I expected to be cutting something to eat.

Craig, I just sensed something was missing

Oct 26, 2010 10:35 AM #6
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Lenn, you could be on to something there, There is a bit of a resemblance in this photo

Oct 26, 2010 10:37 AM #7
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed, this might be Raphael's first try at this, but he looks like a natural at it.

Oct 26, 2010 01:23 PM #8
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Ed...Great post and a beautiful Pumpkin


Oct 26, 2010 04:37 PM #9
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I always clean the seeds, count them, roast them, eat them, and then donate $1 per see to cancer research.

Oct 26, 2010 04:38 PM #10
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

It was my husband's job to carve the pumpkin and my task to get  kids ready to go trick or treating.  I think I got the wrong end of the stick lol.

I have to say it was always one of the most stressful days of the year.

Oct 26, 2010 05:37 PM #11
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

George, he doesn't display and bit of squeamish. Of course, a lot of that is because he knows he's with people that protect him.

Thanks Hannah, it did come out rather well. The little candles that will get lit on the inside will also help

Russel, that's an admirable thing to do. we cleaned lightly salted and roasted as well and Mom and Grandma ate them.

Jenny it is a kid's day and almost any costume would have sufficed

Oct 27, 2010 04:53 AM #12
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

We seem to recall a photo full of pumpkins, all lined up on the bleachers.  Are we going to see that again this year.

Oct 27, 2010 10:58 AM #13
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Hey guys, follow the links, those posts were already done last week, but they're linked within this post. This year was significantly larger as well. Weather cooperated perfectly as it was a warm clear Saturday and bright star lit night. They also moved the location to the Town Green in front of the library where they used to have it in front of the town hall.

Oct 27, 2010 12:32 PM #14
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Ed, I haven't actually carved a pumpkin in a few years...maybe it's time to have a little fun again!  Love the smell of fresh carved pumpkin.

Oct 27, 2010 02:24 PM #15
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