Pumpkin carving made easy

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Halloween is just around the corner and that means it's time to carve those jack-o'-lanterns. This year, there are a few new tools on the market to make it easier.

Chef Ken Arneson from the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak said he's put his money on the "Super Scooper" and the Pumpkin Power Saw both available at Spirit Halloween stores.

Arneson said the first step of carving a pumpkin starts with the gourd itself.

"First you have to look at the pumpkin," he said. "Let the pumpkin tell you if he's scary or silly."

Then, find a pattern that fits the pumpkin and you can find several patterns online for free.

"These things make carving a pumpkin very, very simple," Arneson added.

Next, you tape the pattern to the pumpkin, then poke out the outline of the pattern using either a poker tool found in most Halloween pumpkin-carving kits or even just a toothpick.

Finally, the carving: "It's just connect the dots after that, who hasn't connected the dots at one point or another?"

The Pointe Hilton at Squaw Peak will be holding a pumpkin-carving event called Pumpkins at the Peak on Friday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. The resort is located at 7677 N. 16th St. in Phoenix. Admission is $5/person or 2 canned goods to be donated to St. Mary's Food Bank. For more information go to www.pointehilton.com.