KITCHEN currently covered in pumpkin pulp and seeds?

If you spent your weekend trying to craft the perfect pumpkin design for Halloween 2019 we want to see your efforts.

Keep scrolling to send in your picture at the bottom of this story.

And for those that haven't started on this year's creation yet, here's some top tips:

1. Use a template to perfect your design 

There are loads to choose from online.

Once you've picked the one you like, secure it to the front of your pumpkin and then trace the image by poking holes along the lines. 

2. Cut from the bottom, not the top

Cutting your 'lid' from the bottom of the pumpkin helps prevent the sides from caving in later.

If you do carve from the top, cut out the lid on an angle.

This way it won't drop inside the pumpkin when you replace it.

3. Try shaving parts of your pumpkin rather than cutting all the way through 

This will give your design a two-tone effect and add depth.

4. Put the knife down and consider paint instead

If you want to keep small hands away from sharp objects, painting your pumpkin might be a much better option and can still look really effective.

5. Try a different lighting option

Replace the candle in your pumpkin with Christmas fairy lights or maybe a flashing bike light

Some of your brilliant pumpkin pictures from last year:

Runcorn and Widnes World: This impressive plane pumpkin flew into our inbox thanks to Thomas PinningtonThis impressive plane pumpkin flew into our inbox thanks to Thomas Pinnington

Runcorn and Widnes World: We were howling with delight when we saw this picture from Sam ClaytonWe were howling with delight when we saw this picture from Sam Clayton

Runcorn and Widnes World: Pumpkins don't always have to be scary - by Kelsey Heald age 8Pumpkins don't always have to be scary - by Kelsey Heald age 8

Runcorn and Widnes World: This Harry Potter-themed collection is absolutely wizard from Robyn WardThis Harry Potter-themed collection is absolutely wizard from Robyn Ward

Runcorn and Widnes World: You would definitely phone home to brag about this creation - well done to Karen RoebuckYou would definitely phone home to brag about this creation - well done to Karen Roebuck

Runcorn and Widnes World: Not so funny now - the Joker from Shaun DaviesNot so funny now - the Joker from Shaun Davies

Runcorn and Widnes World: Eileen Brodie sent in this pretty pumpkin painted and decoupageEileen Brodie sent in this pretty pumpkin painted and decoupage

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