Furry Foes Pumpkins
This adorable cat's sly grin means one thing: Bring on the chase! Choose a smaller pumpkin to carve its furry nemesis and decorate your front porch with a playful game of cat and mouse. Simply download the free patterns and transfer to the pumpkins before using a knife or carving tools to cut out the features for each face. Using the pattern, cut two cat ears from black felt; glue or pin above the cat's eyes.
Editor's Tip: A gouging tool makes carving these fuzzy whiskers a breeze!
Halloween Key Pumpkins
Unlock the spirit of Halloween with these eerie, old-fashioned skeleton key pumpkins. Transfer the free downloadable carving patterns to your pumpkins and use a knife or carving tool to cut out the two smaller key designs. A gouging tool easily carves the large key design into your pumpkin.
Cage Dwellers Pumpkin
Turn your pumpkin into a pretty birdcage this fall. Transfer the downloadable pattern onto a white artificial pumpkin. Using a knife or carving tools, cut out the areas between the cage bars, including the doors. Holding the doors in place, insert straight pins through the horizontal bars above and below the doors, pushing the pins into the doors for easy opening. Paint the designated pattern areas black; let dry. Drill a hole through the stem and thread a metal ring through the hole. Thread ribbon through the ring and tie in a bow. Hang pumpkin from ribbon if desired.
Editor's Tip: Cut the opening on the back of the pumpkin and secure the lid with toothpicks after a candle is in place.
Halloween Car and Camper Pumpkins
Take a Halloween road trip with this pumpkin car and camper duo. Transfer downloadable patterns to your pumpkins. Cut out the windows and windshield before using a gouging tool to outline the car and camper doors. Cut out a small rectangle under the camper door, and wedge in a scrap of pumpkin for the threshold. Embellish the car and campers with wheels, door handles, and curtains using pieces of small, colored gourds; secure with toothpicks. Cut out a stripe along the camper and insert a long strip of gourd to finish.
Editor's Tip: When cleaning out your pumpkin, cut the opening on what will be the bottom of your finished design.
How to Carve a Pumpkin
Get our insider secrets for carving pumpkins this Halloween!
"Knock on Wood" Pumpkin
Make trick-or-treaters take a second look with this clever pumpkin carving designed to look like a spooky tree trunk. Download the free pattern and transfer it onto your pumpkin. Use a gouging tool to carve the words and wood grain; use a knife or carving tool to cut out the knots.
A Toast to Halloween Pumpkins
Raise a glass (or a bottle) to All Hallow's Eve with these sophisticated pumpkins. Transfer the free pattern downloads to your pumpkins. Carve out the top and bottom areas of the glasses, then outline the center area of each glass and the bottle. Outline the decorative details on the glasses; gouge the areas inside the outlines and around the details until smooth. Outline the label and the bottle curlicues; lightly gouge the rest of the area inside the bottle outline to make it smooth.
Editor's Tip: Carve these intricate designs in artificial black pumpkins for easy, reusable decor.
A Haunted Mansion
Creating this spooky haunted mansion pumpkin only looks difficult! Get the free pattern to create this wow-worthy pumpkin.
Download the Haunted Mansion pattern.
Bird Brain Pumpkin
This jack-o'-lantern is for the birds. Download the free carving pattern and transfer it onto a pumpkin. Using a knife or carving tools, cut out the openings. Cut the lid with a zigzag edge. Wind wire around the feet of the artificial birds, position them as desired (using the photo as a guide), and poke the wire ends into the pumpkin to secure the birds in place.
Carved Crow Pumpkin
Create this eerie crow pumpkin carving to set out on Halloween night. The watchful painted bird is perched on the sill of a "window" carved into a bright orange pumpkin.
Editor's Tip: After completing the design, spray with varnish to set the paint.
Mr. Mummy Pumpkin
Create this scream-worthy mummy pumpkin by carving oddly shaped slits into the surface of a green pumpkin. His piercing black marble eyes will keep any trick-or-treater on their best behavior.
How to Clean Out a Pumpkin
The first step to any pumpkin carving project is simply preparing and cleaning out your pumpkin. Watch to learn the secret to carving (Hint: We start from the bottom!).
Just for Laughs Pumpkin
Turn on the smiles this Halloween with our goofy pumpkin carving. Crooked teeth, a big nose, and expressive eyebrows add to this jack-o'-lantern's charm.
Candy-Wrapped Halloween Pumpkins
Lure trick-or-treaters to the sweet stuff with this trio of pumpkin carvings dressed as wrapped candies. The candy-lined path is sure to bring a parade of costumed ghosts, superheroes, and princesses to your door on Halloween night.
Carved Cemetery Markers
These pumpkin versions of spooky headstones are far more creative than store-bought wooden or foam ones. Use a basic wood chisel to carve out each haunting message.
Editor's Tip: Pick pumpkins that are long and wide so they more closely resemble real headstones.