How to Carve a Pumpkin

Learn how to carve a pumpkin! Our easy tutorial takes you through the clean-out and the carving, with time-tested tips on using pumpkin stencils.

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Halloween Cupcakes

Create a creepy cupcake creation that is sure to dazzle your Halloween party guests by decorating store-bought or homemade cupcakes. Our Halloween cupcake monsters, black cats, witches, and ghosts are all magic to make and decorate!

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Disguises for Halloween Treats

Dress up everyday packaged candy in silly disguises for trick-or-treat night or to use as Halloween party favors. Our sweet candy embellishments and party-favor costumes transform chocolate bars, popcorn, and more into creepy-crawly spiders, ghostly treat bags, and batty boxes. Get started with these fun and easy projects today!

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Halloween Drink Recipes

No goblin or ghoul will go thirsty at your Halloween party with these delightful party drinks and punch recipes. Concoct a kid-friendly beverage, or experiment with adults-only cocktail creations.

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4 Incredibly Cool Halloween Ideas

These must-see ideas are super fun accessories for your Halloween party. From a vampire place setting to a fresh spin on caramel apples, you'll be inspired to start creating.

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Halloween Door Decor

Welcome trick-or-treaters and party guests this Halloween with front-door accents that cast just the right spell. Our ideas for wreaths, door decorations, and entryway accents are sure to give your porch spook-tastic flair for Halloween.

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Creative Pumpkin Crafts for Halloween

From paper pumpkin crafts to pumpkin pillows, these Halloween decorations offer a great alternative to jack-o-lanterns. Cut, sew, and glue your way through our easy pumpkin craft ideas.

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Halloween How-To

Carve the perfect jack-o'-lantern with our tips and find inspiration with our creative Halloween decorating ideas.

How to Pick the Perfect Pumpkin

When choosing a pumpkin, look for solid, even colors like bright oranges, creamy whites, or dappled grays. Avoid pumpkins with surface rot and check for hidden soft spots. Don't forget to test the pumpkin's stem to make sure it's solidly attached.

Editor's Tip: If you're carving an intricate design, pick a pumpkin with a flat surface. Reserve particularly round pumpkins for simple designs, such as jack-o'-lantern faces.

Pumpkin Carving Tools You'll Need

Pumpkin carving is much easier (and more precise) with the right tools.

Poker: Use this small tool to outline patterns when carving a pumpkin. Tape a printed pattern onto a pumpkin and create small dots along the outline the pattern. Household straight pins work in a pinch, but a pumpkin poker tool is suggested.

Raker: Remove skin and smooth pumpkin flesh with a raker tool. This tool is also great for cleaning up carving areas or etching designs into the pumpkin flesh.

Shape Punchers: Make the perfect round eyes or fun facial features with metal tubes. While an apple corer will make gorgeous circles, a pumpkin carving kit can provide additional shapes.

Saws: Head to the Halloween store for a few skinny, serrated pumpkin carving knives which are perfect for tight designs. For adults, a small etching power tool will save time, energy, and stress for carving intricate designs.

Pumpkin Scooper: Many Halloween shops will have variations of the perfect pumpkin scoop tool, but this Monster Scoop uses serrated edges to scrap and clean pumpkins' insides, while a pointed tip can flatten a spot for a candle.

Buy the Making Faces pumpkin carving kit.

Buy the monster scoop.

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Get free patterns from our Halloween how-to slideshows. For those who enjoy a traditional jack-o'-lantern funny or scary face, add eyebrows for extra expression. If you've got a furry friend at home, browse our collection of cat and dog pumpkin patterns. From classic to quirky, our collection of free downloadable pumpkin carving ideas is sure to suit your Halloween needs.

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Halloween Decorations How-To

Try these fun tips and tricks for how to decorate for Halloween. Use pumpkins to inspire your Halloween ideas, decorations, and designs.

  • Carve a full jack-o'-lantern head into your jack-o'-lantern for a fun play on Halloween's favorite activity.
  • For an eerie display, carve a haunting phrase like "BOO!" into a series of pumpkins.
  • Create a festive centerpiece by using a hollowed-out pumpkin as a flower vase.
  • Skip the carving and opt for paint or ribbon for a picture-perfect, nontraditional pumpkin display.
  • For long-lasting indoor pumpkin decorations, consider getting a synthetic carvable pumpkin, commonly called a Funkin.

Halloween Props How-to Tip: Give recycled wine bottles a haunting glow with new illuminated bottle toppers that will put fright in the night.

Buy a Funkin.

Buy Halloween bottle toppers.

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