Sunday, October 30, 2011

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Light up your Halloween with Zippo Flex Neck!

Halloween is here, and we're all kinds of excited, getting ready to carve our pumpkins and finish getting the costumes ready so the monsters can go out and beg candy from the neighbors.

One of the things that I dislike about pumpkin carving, though, is the thought of the smaller monsters around an open flame. I just hate knowing that they will want to light the candles in their pumpkins, and I cringe.. even though we are standing right with them, supervising and guiding their hands.

Zippo has come to the rescue this Halloween, with their Flex Neck Utility Lighter! The elongated flexible neck of this lighter makes it possible to light pumpkins through the carving in front, eliminating the possibility of burns by reaching in through the top with a standard lighter or fireplace match.

The monsters were absolutely thrilled that they were allowed to light their own jack o'lanterns this year! And I was breathing sighs of relief that their little hands were nowhere near that flame, and no one was reaching in through the top, being burned from the hot air and steam rising up.

That's not all Zippo was available to help with, though! They've put together some pumpkin carving tips that are sure to help you succeed with carving the design you're imagining:

Things You'll Need:
  • Pumpkin (keep in mind the smaller the pumpkin, the smaller your design needs to be)
  • Newspaper (keeps the clean-up to a minimum!)
  • Marker
  • Stencils (if you really want to get creative, search online for some cool stencils)
  • Sharp knife/ spoon (tools of the pumpkin carving trade)
  • Small tea-light candle (light up your design so your neighbors can see your creation!)
  • Zippo Flex Neck -- with a flexible nozzle, you don’t have to worry about burning your fingers when you bring your carving to life!

  1. Place a pumpkin flat on its bottom, on a flat surface (so the stem is at the top)
  2. Draw a circle around the stem with a marker – make sure the circle is large enough so that you can fit your hand through it!
  3. Cut around the outline with a long, sharp knife
  4. Lift the newly made lid and remove the flesh of the pumpkin with a spoon – if you’re a fan of pumpkin seeds, you can roast them later on for a healthy snack!
  5. Rinse the interior, clearing out the remaining flesh, and tip away the waste
  6. Draw your design on the front of the pumpkin with a marker or draw around an already-made stencil – have your kids sketch out their designs on a scrap piece of paper and ensure they’re happy with it before they transpose it on the pumpkin!
  7. Insert the tip of your knife into the lines drawn and begin carving your design
  8. Once your masterpiece is complete, place the small tea-light candle inside the pumpkin
  9. Save your fingers from any unnecessary burns by lighting it with a Zippo Fleck Neck. The long, slim, adjustable nozzle will fit right in between the carvings so that you don’t have to remove the candle to light it. Your fingers will thank you, trust us!

I do have one other suggestion for carving and lighting your creation. Instead of cutting the top and making a "lid" for your jack o'lantern, we cut off the bottom, eliminating the need for a lid, as well as making the pumpkin stable for carving and sitting. Then, once the carving is complete, you just put the entire pumpkin on top of your candle rather than having to set a candle inside.

The Monster House wishes you a very happy and safe Halloween! Hope you and your monsters have a wonderful time carving pumpkins, getting dressed up, and trick or treating!

Zippo, Flex Neck, Flex Neck image, and reference to same belong to Zippo and are used here only for purposes of this post. Pumpkin images belong to the blogger. I was sent one Zippo Flex Neck to review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was not compensated in any way for this review.

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