Top 6: Pumpkin Carving Hacks

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It’s only tradition that the Halloween spirit takes over neighborhoods with custom carved pumpkins on porches and doorsteps. Carving pumpkins is a fun activity the whole family can take part in. From ghoulish gourds to traditional jack-o’-lanterns, everyone can enjoy making their own “spook-tacular” creation. We’ve put together tips to help you achieve your pumpkin carving goals—whether it’s flexing your artistic abilities, lighting the way for trick-or-treaters or just getting in the spirit!

Woman carving pumpkin

Before the designing begins, carve a trench out of your pumpkin. Not only will this help to clean it out, but you’ll also be set when it’s time to place a candle inside and put it on display.


Drawing face on pumpkin

Use a dry erase marker to draw out a design on your pumpkin. Unlike a permanent marker, you’ll be able to erase any mistakes before carving your masterpiece!


carving out pumpkin

Hammers and cookie cutters may not be conventional tools for pumpkin carving but don’t knock it until you try it! Using both will help make cleaner lines on the pumpkin and ultimately result in a cleaner carving. Kiddos will love seeing their favorite shapes on their pumpkin, too!


Cleaning out pumpkin

Place a tea-light candle in a small glass votive to avoid any fire hazards. Lighting your pumpkin with battery-powered tea lights is another safe option.


Pumpkin used as an ice chest

New uses for pumpkins! For a fun addition to a holiday spread, you can also carve out half the pumpkin and place a bowl inside for serving snacks and drinks.


Watermelon and pumpkin craving

Remember the options are limitless! You can also use a watermelon or pineapple to create a new twist on the classic jack-o’-lantern. In these versions, you get an after-carving snack!