Come Halloween and you are reminded of not only trick and treat, but Halloween pumpkin carving. People who follow this tradition display pumpkin carvings outside their houses to create a horror feeling and atmosphere. While the traditional design for pumpkin carvings was a Jack-o-lantern, the sky’s the limit today.
People use templates, stencils or even draw unique designs freehand to create beautiful pumpkin carvings. Here are some ideas you can try implementing this Halloween and add some spice to the day! Just make sure you use the right tools, plan ahead and choose the right pumpkin to stay safe and fun while carving!
Make this Jack Skellington carving by copying the design onto a clean and dry pumpkin, or taping the template to the pumpkin and scoring the design onto the skin by poking holes through the template with a plastic poking tool.
Start carving from the center and work outwards to avoid pressuring the carved areas. Start with the innermost and smallest details and as the shape loosens, push it out of the pumpkin using your finger or dull pencil point. Then place a candle in your Halloween pumpkin carving and place it someplace away from flammables. Do blow out the candle before sleeping!
Buy your stencil from a crafts store, download it or draw your jack-o-lantern on your own. Wash and dry your pumpkin and cut a hole big enough to put your hand in around the pumpkin top. Scoop out the pulp using a scooper or large round spoon to leave a 1” thick shell.
Use a small cutting tool to remove the smallest design parts and then move to the medium and largest parts. Wash your Halloween pumpkin carving when you are done and dry thoroughly. Instead of a tall candle, place a tea candle in the center bottom of the carving for better illumination.
Scary Skeleton Halloween Pumpkin
This scary skeleton Halloween pumpkin carving looks great on your pumpkin. Download this template from the internet, cut a hole in the pumpkin bottom and remove its seeds to leave a 1” shell. Cover the template back with graphite by scribbling with a pencil and then tape it onto the pumpkin.
Use a ballpoint pen to trace the template image and the graphite is transferred onto the pumpkin by the pen’s pressure. Use this graphite as your carving guide to carve out your design. If you cut something unintentionally, just stick a toothpick through the flesh of the piece and fit it into place!
Cat Halloween Pumpkin
What can be scarier than a scary cat for your Halloween pumpkin carving! Get this picture by downloading it or drawing freehand and start carving. Cut a hole in the pumpkin’s bottom large enough to put your hand, and use a scooper or spoon to remove the seeds and pulp.
Transfer the template by placing a tracing paper between the template and pumpkin, and taping both to the pumpkin. Use a ballpoint pen to trace the template image onto the pumpkin and use the transferred lines as your carving guide. Place a candle inside the pumpkin and place it somewhere outside where everyone can see it!