Cruisin’ Connecticut – Pumpkin Carving Tips in Time for Halloween


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – With Halloween just around the corner, today we’re showing you some pumpkin carving and decorating hacks.

Local pumpkin artist, Barbara Purpora stopped by our kitchen, in studio for some creative ideas. Barbara’s Free Hand Custom Pumpkins is becoming a hit in Connecticut, and it all started as just a hobby!

First, I saw a can of Q-Tips, and mistakenly after putting it in my ear… I realized that’s not what they were intended for:

Not quite, no. Some of the things I use including the Q-Tips are when I draw with the stencil freehand on the pumpkin I’ll draw with marker or pen or something and then when I want to remove it if I make a mistake, I’ll use nail polish remover and a Q-Tip.

Purpora recommends using a rotary tool, so that you can “scratch the surface” of the pumpkin without cutting through it. By using multiple tools, you can create different effects and depth levels in the pumpkin.

If you’re in a bind and don’t have time to carve your own, then contact Purpora to craft a custom pumpkin.

Know of cool people, places or events to check out for “Cruisin’ Connecticut?” Email me, or let me know on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat: @RyanKristafer

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s