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October 15, 2012

Boo-tiful Halloween carvings

JACKSONVILLE — This Halloween, why not put a fun twist on pumpkin carving by making some Jack O'Melons? Watermelons carve up boo-tifully, and you can eat the fruit right away, making it easy to scare up some delicious Halloween fun.

This Bat Jack O'Melon, Tiki Mask, and Jack O'Melon man can add a frightfully fun touch to a Halloween party - and the whole family can help carve them.

Tiki Mask Table Decoration

1 oblong seedless watermelon

Pencil or green dry erase marker

Melon baller

Paring and kitchen knives

Spoon

Channel knife

Toothpick

Slice 1/4 inch off end of watermelon to provide a stable base.

Use pencil to draw the face, making adjustments in scale to your particular watermelon.

Use melon baller to scoop out nostrils; use small paring knife to clean up edges.

Next use paring knife to cut out the inside mouth area, leaving room for the teeth.

Next cut individual teeth, using the same small paring knife, and use a spoon to dig out a large area of flesh for the mouth cavity.

Next carve out eyes, digging a deep cavity in each, for drama. Use a channel knife to carve details.

Use some carved out pieces to cut a "bone" decoration for top of head, and attach with a toothpick.

 

Bat Jack O'Melon

2 round watermelons, preferably yellow, for the body

Kitchen and paring knives

Cutting board

Green dry-erase marker (preferably washable)

Large bowl and spoon

Candy corns

4 to 6-inch wooden skewers

Toothpicks

Candle or light

Wash watermelons under cool running water and pat dry.

On a cutting board, place the roundest watermelon on its side and cut off 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the stem end, being careful not to cut too deep into the white part of the rind. This will provide a sturdy base.

Using dry-erase marker, draw two eyes, an oval for a nose and a smiling mouth that would resemble a bat. Draw two ears and an outline of a forehead, continuing the line around to make the top for the bat that will be removed.

Use a knife to carefully cut away inside of the eyes, nose and mouth and also around the top of watermelon. Remove top and hollow out watermelon with spoon, reserving fruit to use in a fruit salad or punch.

On the second watermelon, use dry-erase marker to draw 2 bat wings (the top of the wings will have 2 points and the bottom of the wings will have 2 points.)

Use knife to carefully cut wings out, reserving inside of watermelon to make fruit salad or punch.

Attach wings to side of watermelon bat with wooden skewers, and use toothpicks to attach candy-corn as fangs.

Insert a candle to light up your bat.

 

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