11 Ways to Maximize Pumpkin

Can't get enough pumpkin? We're sharing 11 creative ways to get more pumpkin in your life.

See More

Which Halloween Character Are You?

On October 31, should you patiently wait for the Great Pumpkin, spook the house's new residents, or claim that you ain't scared of no ghosts? Take our quiz…if you dare.

See More

Outrageous Pumpkins You HAVE to See

These spooky pumpkins are sure to scare up laughs and fun! Get complete DIY carving instructions here.

See More

Hipster Pumpkin Stencils

Grab your cardigan, pause your cassette tape, and pick a pumpkin that perfectly encompasses your hipster vibe. If you're feeling nostalgic, share this with your friends.

View Slideshow

3-Layer Candy Corn Drink: Perfect for Halloween!

Pretty colors and fruity flavors stand out in this 3-layer drink that looks just like candy corn. Adorable!

View Video

Lazy Girl's Halloween Cupcakes

When you'd prefer to prep for your Halloween party by styling your zombie makeup instead of piping cupcakes, look to GeorgetownCupcake.com for a dozen creepy sweets just in time for All Hallows Eve.

See More

How to Make Popcorn Balls

Ah, the popcorn ball. Three steps, basic ingredients, and some literal hands-on fun are at the heart of these classic treats that go just as well at a party as at low-key streaming-movie night. Now pop to it!

See More
Popular in Halloween

Super-Fast Pumpkins with No-Carve Designs

Grab an apple corer and create these pretty, mess-free Halloween pumpkins in just a few easy steps -- no cutting or carving required!


    Everything in this slideshow

    • Pretty Pumpkins

      To get this sophisticated look, use an apple corer to punch through the pumpkin's rind to create a perfectly round hole. Buy three different colored gourds, and mix and match the different colors of plugs.

    • Cute to the Core

      Use a plunger-type apple corer for double-duty decorating. Leave the holes open for a glowing look, or place the punch in a different colored pumpkin.

    • Fall Flowers

      You don't have to remove the pulp for these pretty pumpkins. Using a clay-loop tool (see next slide) allows you to design a cool look that lasts longer than conventional carved pumpkins. We love this floral design, which uses a different colored plug as the base, and etching for the petals.

    • Scratch the Surface

      Sketch your design with a washable marker. Use your thumb to stabilize your hand when cutting the design with a clay-loop tool. This easy carving technique is almost mess-free -- no gutting required!

    • Floral Fun

      Combine the apple-corer and clay-loop tool techniques to create an intricate, multidimensional flower on your pumpkin.

    • Add Some Color

      Simply pull the plug from one pumpkin and place it in a hole of another to use autumn hues to create a pretty, polka-dotted pumpkin.

    • Mix and Match

      This multicolored kabocha squash incorporates harvest hues from a variety of pumpkins and winter squashes. It looks great on a doorstep or entryway to greet guests -- or trick-or-treaters.

    • Family Fun

      Kids will love using apple corers to create fun and easy Halloween designs. For thick pumpkins, use a rubber mallet to help pound through thick walls.

    • Spell It Out

      Use a washable marker to draw a letter or initials on your pumpkin, and use the apple corer to punch along lines. Create a letter on each pumpkin to spell out a spooky message.

    • 10 of 13

      Boo-tiful Pumpkins

      When illuminated, the apple corer holes emit an eerie glow. This big "Boo!" looks like it took hours, but with the help of a plunger-type apple corer, large letters are easy to knock out. Be sure you get the scary point across by using a serrated knife and a metal biscuit cutter to create a simple exclamation mark.

    • 11 of 13

      Ghostly Gourd

      Try an apple-corer spin on an old-fashioned jack-o'-lantern. Use a rubber mallet to tap a metal biscuit cutter into a white pumpkin to cut eyes and mouth. Cut pupils and teeth from eye sections with an apple corer. Attach pupils and teeth with toothpicks, and dribble a few seeds from the pumpkin's mouth for extra spookiness.

    • 12 of 13

      More Fast Pumpkin Projects

    • 13 of 13
      Next Slideshow 14 Cool Pumpkin-Carving Ideas

      14 Cool Pumpkin-Carving Ideas

      Forget the traditional jack o' lantern and try a contemporary pumpkin carving idea this Halloween! Turn to our collection of cool pumpkin carving ideas, including cocktail-inspired pumpkins, a pumpkin bonfire, and a batty belfry.
      Begin Slideshow »



    Loading... Please wait...