Creating the Best Halloween Pumpkin

Now that the leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping, pumpkins are popping up on front porches. Pumpkin carving is a tradition that’s been around for hundreds of years. But it’s not the only way you can use a pumpkin to add fall decorations to your front porch. If you’d prefer to avoid the mess of carving a pumpkin, you can also paint a pumpkin or even glue fun items like pom poms, bows, or googly eyes onto your pumpkin. Read on to see how to carve a pumpkin and new ways to decorate them! Be sure to download our fall stencils below.

Before You Start

Carving a pumpkin is a great way to spend time with your family during the holidays. Before you begin, make sure all children are supervised during the carving process. Adults should be the ones doing the carving. Some supplies you’ll need include:

  • Your perfect pumpkin: check your local farmers market or grocery store.
  • Plenty of newspaper: pumpkin carving is a messy activity and laying down newspapers will prevent pumpkin from getting on the table or floor.
  • Carving tools: if you’re choosing to carve, there are plenty of tool kits like this one, available online and in stores.
  • Stencils, paint, glue, and other supplies: the sky is the limit with pumpkin decorating.
  • A creative plan: have an idea for what you want to do with your pumpkin before starting.
  • LED candle: give your creation some life with a safe LED candle.

Carving Your Pumpkin

Carving your pumpkin doesn’t need to be a complicated process. There are just six simple steps to follow.

  1. Create an Opening: You can create an opening at the top of your pumpkin by cutting a hole around the pumpkin stem. Make it large enough for your hand to fit through. Don’t throw away this piece, as you’ll put it back when you’re finished.
  2. Scoop: Before you can carve, you’ll need to hollow out the pumpkin by removing the fibers and seeds inside. Your tool kit should come with a scooper. If not, a large spoon will work too.
  3. Stencil: Once you’ve chosen a stencil, tape it to your pumpkin.
  4. Poke: Use your poker that came with your carving kit to poke holes along the path of the image on your stencil.
  5. Carve: Remove your stencil to reveal the holes you made. From here you can use the saw-like tool to cut out your image by connecting the dots.
  6. Finishing Touches: Place your LED candle inside your creation and place the top back in place.

Decorating Your Pumpkin

If you don’t want to carve a pumpkin, but still want your kiddos to get creative and have a fun fall craft to make, break out the paint, pom poms, googly eyes, and glue! You can still use our stencils as well. Just cut out holes where the pattern is. Tape it onto your pumpkin and paint over the holes. Add some pizzazz with rhinestones, markers, pipe cleaners, and more. Decorating a pumpkin allows plenty of room for creativity to flow.

Download these pumpkin carving templates:

We’d love to see all your beautiful pumpkins! Tag us on social media so we can see your creations.


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