Countdown to Halloween: Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips from Sunrise Children’s Hospital

Father and son carving jack o lanterns on Halloween smiling

  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Instead, encourage children to draw a face with markers, and have an adult handle the actual carving. Children can also lend a hand by scooping out the pumpkin seeds with a spoon.
  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin.
  • If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.

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