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It's a tradition to carve pumpkins, but when you add kids to the mix, it can be a little more complicated. It's important to keep some safety guidelines in mind. Before you set out to carve pumpkins in your apartment at Rittenhouse Claridge, read these tips:

  1. Choose a pumpkin with a flat bottom for stability.
  2. Slice the top off on an angle to make sure it stays in place.
  3. Before carving, soak the pumpkin in a bleach solution for an hour or two to make it last longer.
  4. It's worth it to buy a special pumpkin carving knife kit because kitchen knives might be too sharp or too unweildy to get precise cuts in a safe manner.
  5. Keep in mind that it's easier to carve bigger shapes than smaller ones, so keep it simple if this is your first time carving a pumpkin.

8 Pro Tips for Carving the Perfect Pumpkin [Good Housekeeping]
Pumpkin Carving Tips – How to Carve a Jack-o'-lantern [About Food]
How to Carve a Pumpkin [Martha Stewart]