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Jack-O-Melon

SOURCE: National Watermelon Promotion Board (www.watermelon.org)

Published: August 20, 2010
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Photo by National Watermelon Promotion Board
When most people think of autumn and Halloween, their thoughts likely turn to a certain round, orange squash. But did you know that states like Arizona, California and Florida are still producing watermelons in October?
   
So, if you can get your hands on one of these delicious melons, try this fun twist on a classic Halloween activity. It’s a great project if your fall weekend at the cabin turns wet and chilly, forcing you and the kids to spend some quality time indoors ... and the scoopings are delicious, too!

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Carving Instructions
WATERMELON JACK-O-MELON
Carving Instructions

➊ Cut a thin slice from the bottom of a round watermelon to provide a stable base.

➋ Cut a circular piece of the rind from the top of the watermelon that is big enough to reach into while removing the flesh. Carefully remove that top section and reserve for later use as a lid.

➌ Remove the flesh from inside the watermelon using a melonballer, reserving the melon balls for snacking or a fruit salad.

➍ Once flesh is removed, drain any excess liquid from inside the watermelon.

➎ Using a pen or knife, draw or scratch the outlines of eyes, nose, mouth, hair, ears or any other feature you want on the side of the watermelon. Then, following the outlines, cut the features into the watermelon and remove excess rind. To create a 3-D effect with the features after you have cut them into the melon, push gently on the flaps of rind from inside the watermelon. (You can use toothpicks to prop the rind, if you want.) Be creative!

➏ A safe, battery-operated lamp can be firmly placed inside the watermelon to provide a haunting glow.

➐ Place the circular piece of rind that you reserved back on top of the watermelon and your jack-o-melon is ready to be displayed!
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