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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Your Best Photos: Carved Pumpkins, 2010

Whether you want to spook your Halloween guests or make them smile, you'll love these pictures of carved pumpkins designed by other BHG readers from other BHG readers.


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    • Witch Profile Pumpkin

      Happy Witch by nbcclements

      Why we picked this: We love the expression and profile view of this well-carved witch. This reader did a great job carving convincing hair and capturing a wicked smile.

    • Black Cats Pumpkin

      Double Trouble by fshober28

      Why we picked this: This pumpkin's the trifecta -- scraped, carved, and painted. These two mysterious but cute black cats stand out with acrylic paint; making their eyes glow even more when lit.

    • Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkin

      Jack 'n' Sally by posey812000

      Why we picked this: First, we love the creativity that went into this Nightmare Before Christmas carved pumpkin. Second, the reader's husband carved it for their "Hallowedding." It served as the perfect centerpiece for their Halloween nuptials.

    • Fall Leaves Pumpkin

      Chris' 2010 Pumpkin by bclingan10141

      Why we picked this: The intricately carved leaves on this Halloween pumpkin are impressive and enchanting. We love the inclusion of the branch, as well as how the reader made the design large and prominent on the pumpkin.

    • Happy Halloween Pumpkin

      Ghostly Pumpkins by Jordan Alexis

      Why we picked this: Writing a phrase on a pumpkin takes a certain knack; writing a phrase with ghosts requires even more talent. These ghosts take some time off from haunting to wish passersby a happy Halloween!

    • Peace Pumpkin

      Peace by joy.murdoch

      Why we picked this: Through scraping and carving, this reader got her message across. The detail is admirable; we love that "peace" is inside a circle, as well as the delicate decorations around it.

    • Big Mouth Pumpkin

      BOO!! by mwhcjh955793

      Why we picked this: We love that this pumpkin speaks for itself. The angled eyebrows show personality and also give this carved pumpkin a mischievous look.

    • Carved Initials Pumpkin

      Carved Wedding Pumpkin by wedigegirl

      Why we picked this: The elegant initials are detailed and gorgeous on this carved pumpkin. The reader scraped off the top layer of the pumpkin to make quite an impression. Do the same to put a name, address, or message on your Halloween pumpkin.

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      Jack Skellington Pumpkin

      Wickedly Grinning Jack Skellington by eternalwaves

      Why we picked this: This jack's (er, Jack's) eyes have an especially frightful glow. The reader carved the spooky character from with a six-inch drywell jab saw and used a paring knife to highlight his eyes.

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      Mansion & Moon Pumpkin

      Haunted Mansion Pumpkin by ambie243

      Why we picked this: The overlapping of the moon and mansion has a spooky effect on this pumpkin. Ambie243 found inspiration from some of our free Halloween stencils; we love the painted and carved combo.

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      Golden Retriever Pumpkin

      Lilly Dog by LindsayA_Miller

      Why we picked this: Whether she's carved into a pumpkin or staring at the camera, we're loving Lilly, a beautiful golden retriever. From her nose to her cute ears, Lilly's essence was captured perfectly by the reader. Take inspiration from your pup to carve your own likeness of Fido.

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      Carved Scarecrow Pumpkin

      Scaredy Scarecrow! by hurdr11

      Why we picked this: Not all carvings are frightful -- this one's delightful! This scarecrow's looking skyward on All Hallow's Eve.

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      Carved World Pumpkin

      Pumpkin Globe by Burell

      Why we picked this: This pumpkin globe is incredibly clever. Perched on a spinning base, it's both decoration and geography lesson.

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      Stacked Bat, Cat & Ghost Pumpkins

      Pumpkin Friends Totem Pole by jennaaw17

      Why we picked this: This reader used the BHG resources at her fingertips to create this whimsical pumpkin display. The cute expressions and three-dimensional elements added to the carved pumpkins take the decoration up a notch.

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      Hello Kitty Pumpkin

      Hello Halloween! by anna.h.hines1

      Why we picked this: We love Hello Kitty's little bow and the fact that this reader carved it for her daughter's first Halloween. It's proof that if something is cute, it will look even cuter carved.

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      Movie-Inspired Pumpkin

      Up Pumpkin by sjmarsha

      Why we picked this: This delightful old man first touched our hearts when we saw him in Up, but he's even more charming when carved on a pumpkin. The reader used a Dremel 300 rotary tool and various attachments to make the intricate design.

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      Spooky Spider Pumpkin

      The Arachnid by blondyloks35

      Why we picked this: We're afraid of spiders to begin with, not to mention large, pumpkin-size ones. Nevertheless, the creative carving skills of blondyloks35 made us smile -- instead of shriek -- when we caught sight of this spooky spider pumpkin.

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      Raccoon Pumpkin

      Raccoon by br1ttanymar13

      Why we picked this: This raccoon is darn cute, especially with the well-carved tufts of fur on the side of his face. We bet those eyes look mischievous in the dark.

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      Boxer Pumpkin

      Molly & Her Pumpkin by micheleolive44

      Why we picked this: This adorable boxer pumpkin could make any dog lover howl with delight. We love Molly the boxer's expression -- both in life and on a pumpkin.

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      Lifelike Cat Pumpkin

      Gracie Cat by mail4202539

      Why we picked this: We love how this reader carved cute cat whiskers and eyes. The warm glow of the light make her features stand out in the most lifelike manner. Use our free cat pumpkin stencils and put your carving skills to the test to create your own furry feline pumpkin.

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      Sinister Carved Pumpkin

      Scary Mr. Jack-o'-Lantern by mwhcjh955793

      Why we picked this: With his mean eyebrows and spooky mouth, this jack-o'-lantern is pretty scary. We especially enjoy the detail around his eyes, an extra frightful touch when the sun goes down.

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      Curious Cat Pumpkin

      Pumpkin by salpow1956

      Why we picked this: The cat's eyes won us over, and we're amazed that the reader scraped the majority of the pumpkin. The curlicue tail and tilted head are pretty adorable, too.

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      Dragon Silhouette Pumpkin

      Draco the Dragon by jnmsmcg1

      Why we picked this: The moon's all aglow in this "spooktacular" design. A fire-breathing dragon might be front and center, but the full moon behind him sets the scene.

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      Fresh Ideas for Pumpkin Decorating

      This Halloween, your front porch will be sporting a new take on the traditional jack-o'-lantern. Check out these new ways to paint, sculpt, and embellish your pumpkins.
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