Paisley Pumpkin

Hallowe’en falls on the same weekend as the Diwali light switch on here in Leicester this year, so I decided to give my pumpkin a bit of a mehndi makeover. This is a quick, easy and particularly effective way to decorate your pumpkin because it means that you preserve all of the flesh so you can still eat it all afterwards. Winning.

If you also love Diwali, and have similar concerns about not wasting precious, precious pumpkin flesh, then you’ll probably enjoy my Foodie’s Guide to Diwali 2015, so pop over and have a look. If you’re feeling creative, you’ve still got time to stock up your Hallowe’en Haberdashery too…

Wash your pumpkin. If you don’t have to wash your pumpkin, then you probably haven’t grown it yourself. Do that next year. It’s easy and fun.

Get a permanent pen and find yourself some inspirational designs. I’ve gone for a traditional Indian theme, the sort of thing you would see done as henna patterns. But you can do whatever you like – spooky ghosts, spider’s webs, or even something way out there, like a dolphin. Why not? It’s Hallowe’en. It doesn’t mean anything, it’s just a bit of fun.

Draw on your design. Careful of the ridges in the pumpkin, make sure it doesn’t send your design astray. Left handers, you know by now, but watch the side of your hand doesn’t smudge the bit you’ve just drawn. And that’s it! Told you it was easy.


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