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posted: 10/18/2013 12:01 AM

Poll Vault: When's the last time you carved a pumpkin?

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  • Kristin Swanson and her daughter, Sophia, 5, take the top of a pumpkin during an event last year at Adler Park School in Libertyville.

       Kristin Swanson and her daughter, Sophia, 5, take the top of a pumpkin during an event last year at Adler Park School in Libertyville.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • GEORGE LECLAIREgleclaire@dailyherald.comStudents made relief sculptures by carving into the rind during one of Natalie DeMeo's classes in 2008 at Vanguard School in Arlington Heights.

      GEORGE LECLAIREgleclaire@dailyherald.comStudents made relief sculptures by carving into the rind during one of Natalie DeMeo's classes in 2008 at Vanguard School in Arlington Heights.

  • It's even possible to carve a pumpkin under water, as these divers demonstrated in 2008 in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla.

      It's even possible to carve a pumpkin under water, as these divers demonstrated in 2008 in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla.
    Florida Keys News Bureau

 
 

Illinois is the nation's leading pumpkin producer, which means you have plenty of options for carving. Digging out all those seeds might drive you out of your gourd, though (rimshot).

Seriously, do you and your family carve pumpkins for Halloween? How elaborate are your designs? What do you do with the seeds?

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If you've got little ones, do you let them come up with the design before you take over the actual knife work? Or do you paint the pumpkins instead?

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