According to the New York Times Wirecutter:  Most people are cutting their jack-o’-lantern’s hole (through which you scoop out the inside) in the wrong place.

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The stem is crucial to preserve for structural reasons. As Soria put it, “It’s almost like the top of an umbrella holding the pumpkin together. If you cut through the top, after a day or two, that lid tends to fall right through the hole you’ve made. Then it’s only a matter of time before the pumpkin is completely gone.”

So when you’re ready to turn your pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern, begin by either cutting a hole in the bottom, as Taryn recommends, or on the back side of your creation, as Evan suggests. 

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