Ready to decorate pumpkins? These pumpkin carving ideas will help. Tips for pumpkin carving parties and the best carving tools.
article originally published October 2017
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Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Who loves Halloween as much as we do?! So many of the aspects of Halloween go with the cozy parts of fall - bundling up for cold evenings of trick or treating and costume parties, gourds and pumpkins and the carving of those pumpkins.
Halloween is almost here, and if you have been looking for fun ways to decorate your own jack o’ lantern this year, we have a bunch of fun ideas! Plan a party around carving pumpkins - we have tips and ideas for all of it, from essentials to tools to food.
You can use this list of creative pumpkin carving ideas to make a fantastic pumpkin this year! If you are thinking of trying something different this time around, there are even a few no-carve options.
Pumpkin Carving Essentials
Whether you are throwing a pumpkin carving party or just carving one on your own, there are some things that are necessary to the process, and then some things that just add to the fun:
- a large flat surface to work on
- plastic tarp, craft or newspaper
- carving tools
- a fun Halloween movie
- spooky music playlist
- snacks and drinks
Best Pumpkin Carving Tools
these vary, depending on how detailed and fancy you get with your carving! there's a Basic Carving Set or a Deluxe Carving Set, which includes those fun sculpting tools!
Best Halloween Party Food
think similar to game day foods, but with a Halloween twist?
- Stuffed Pepper Jacks
- Mini Carrot Mummies
- Pumpkin Caramel Chocolates
- any of these Cozy Vegan Fall Recipes will work also!
This Vegan Halloween Candy list gives you the details on what's vegan, and also has non candy alternatives!
Not Into Pumpkin Carving?
We have an edible solution for you! Our Pepper Jacks are a fun craft and a warming Halloween dinner before trick or treating!
See our entire Pepper Jack Collection.
Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Pumpkin Carving Ideas
all the best ideas for decorating and carving your Halloween pumpkin! templates, stencils, paint and more!
Starlight Pumpkin Carving
Starry Night! I love this one, and plan to make something similar with a few large pumpkins on our porch this year...
Iron Man Avengers Pumpkin Carving Template
any Tony Stark fan will want to give this template a try. including this Tony Stark fan...
Dinosaur Halloween Pumpkin
dinosaurs will always be a classic kid favorite! I'd love to see these dino designs on pumpkins!
Hamilton Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Printable Stencils
whether you've seen the musical or not, we can all appreciate these tributes to Alexander Hamilton and the play.
Darth Vader Pumpkin Carving
YES. the Darth pumpkin is another favorite at our house! it would be fun to carve several Star Wars characters...
WAX RESIST PUMPKIN PAINTING
a creative and fun alternative to pumpkin carving! easy for kids, and the design ideas are endless!
Baby’s 1st Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas
while we're more likely to carve dachshund "kids" into pumpkins at our house, this is a really sweet idea!
Minion Pumpkin Carving Stencils
I can hear those hysterical minion laughs now! these designs are super fun, especially when they are lit up!
another no carve option that is great for all ages! easy and fun to do - we have painted pumpkins in years past - a fun party activity.
Rainbow Scribble No-Carve Pumpkin
this alternative to carving uses a faux pumpkin from the craft store and I'm all about it! scroll down to see the Melted Crayon Pumpkin design, too!
TMNT Pumpkin Carving
I mean, it's the Turtles, right? they are always a classic, and universally recognizable.
a bunch of really great templates here! can you name any of the faces in these stencils?
Frightfully Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Monsters
cute and colorful, Projects with Kids brings us yet another no carve idea that is not scary in the least!
Thinking about a different design? A quick search for “Free Pumpkin Carving Templates,” will give you thousands of results. Here is another great list: Free Pumpkin Carving Templates
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