Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips

Published October 18th, 2022 by Dr. Hoder

Carving a jack-o’-lantern with the kids is one of the many great pleasures of the Halloween season. But it’s not a tradition that’s entirely without risk. Following basic pumpkin carving safety is every bit as essential as getting that toothy grin just right, and it includes making sure that you’re protecting your spine with proper posture

Be Prepared for Pumpkin Carving

When you carve your jack-o’-lantern, you need to have the right tools. Around this time of year, pumpkin carving kits are easy to come by at most stores and are inexpensive. But if you don’t want to buy something you’ll only use a few times a year at most, a serrated kitchen knife and soup ladle or wooden spoon should do the trick (or treat). 

In addition to the right tools and a gorgeous, plump pumpkin, you’ll need a functional space to do your carving. Opt for somewhere that’s well-lit and preferably easy to clean. If possible, you should also try and elevate the pumpkin so that you can do your work with proper posture. Being hunched over a pumpkin for a couple of hours while you cut into it can wreak havoc on your back and neck. 

Leave the Work to the Adults

Part of the magic of pumpkin carving is getting the kids involved. But since so much of the process involves knives and cutting, it’s better to leave most of the actual work to the grown-ups. If you have teenagers, use your discretion and make sure that you’re supervising at all times. 

But that doesn’t mean your little ones have to feel removed from the process. Let them handle tasks like drawing on the stencils or free-handing a jack-o’-lantern design of their own. When you’ve taken the top off the pumpkin, you can let your kids get their hands dirty pulling out the guts and seeds. And if you use those seeds to create a tasty, nutritious snack, be sure to share the wealth. 

Chiropractic for Back and Neck Pain in Plantation, FL

If you have aches or pain in your neck and back, pumpkin carving can seem like a real challenge. Markson Chiropractic is here to help you enjoy this beloved autumn pastime. Schedule your appointment in Plantation, FL, and we’ll make it less scary to get back to an active lifestyle. 

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