‘Everyone’s Grandma’ Barbara ‘Babs’ Costello goes viral again on TikTok with her Pumpkin Carving Hack
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Barbara “Babs” Costello is here to enhance your spooky season.
The 73-year-old TikTok sensation and author shared some tips with her followers on Thursday that she says will cut pumpkin carving time in half.
Costello has offered a wealth of very helpful tutorials and even adopted the nickname “Everyone’s Grandma”, which now appears on her TikTok profile.
In a new video she calls “The Do’s and Don’ts of Pumpkin Carving,” Costello said to start by cutting a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin, not the top. She also advised holding the gourd on your lap to stabilize it while cutting. Then, she said, break out the hand blender.
“Get all those strings cleaned up,” she said as her blender whirred, scooping up the pumpkin’s mushy seeds. “Your mixer did all the hard work of loosening all those strings.”
After spooning out the seeds and any remaining strings, she recommended using a red dry marker to outline the front of your jack-o’-lantern, or using cookie cutters and a wooden mallet to cut out the designs.
The post has gone viral, garnering 22.2 million views and more than 14.8 thousand comments in the few days since it was published.
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Costello also said that smearing a little petroleum jelly on the cut edges will keep the pumpkin fresh longer.
“Don’t let all your work go to waste, those kids will enjoy your pumpkins!” she said.
For a delicious smelling twist, Costello added a little tip: “Sprinkle some cinnamon inside the top of your pumpkin for a festive pumpkin spice smell when a candle is lit inside the pumpkin,” she captioned the post.
The pumpkin carving class is far from Costello’s first massive TikTok hit. As recently as a few weeks ago, she set the social site on fire with her guide on how to properly load a dishwasher.
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She has appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show and even released her own cookbook in April, Celebrate with Babs: Holiday Recipes and Family Traditions.