RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you love the idea of carving pumpkins with your family, but dread the idea of managing kids with knives and messy pumpkins, a local man has the answer for you!
Greg Myracle has an invention meant to save your sanity and preserve your holiday spirit.
Myracle has a thing for Halloween. He was born on Halloween, so the holiday has always held special memories and, since he's become a father, frustrating and exhausting memories, too.
"Pumpkin carving at our house was always crazy," said Myracle. "It typically ended up on a school night. And it involved the traditional kits where we had to put the little paper pattern on the pumpkin and poke the little holes and inevitably, they would be ripped or fall off."
Then, inevitably, the kids get tired of carving, leaving mom or dad to end up doing all the work.
"In our house, we're pretty pumpkin carving-challenged," Myracle said.
Finally, Greg had enough and started trying to figure out a better idea.
"I ended up putting together a skewer, a wooden kabob skewer, and a piece of clay and that's when I sort of sketched out/made the prototype," Myracle recalled.
In fact, the idea was so good, a company decided to make it. Enter the Pumpkin Pegs Carving Kit, now sold at Dollar General stores.
"We just cut the pumpkin in half- they still get to take the guts out and do the fun stuff and then they," said Myracle. "They simply place the pegs in the lower lobe, put the top lobe on the top, light the candle, and you're finished."
Some buyers have gotten a little bit more creative with pumpkins, and even food. The bottom line, Greg says the kits just bring the fun back to carving pumpkins.
They're quick and easy, but still have the lure of that candle light.
Myracle said seeing his idea on store shelves is pretty gratifying.
"To just walk in a store and see your product, that's a great reward," Myracle said.
You can buy Pumpkin Pegs locally and they come in several Halloween-style designs. Greg says if sales are good, some other stores have expressed interest.
In addition, Myracle is already working on his next invention, which should be ready in 2018. And yes, it's also pumpkin-related.
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