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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Eerie Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Deck out your front door, porch, sidewalk, and yard with eerie Halloween decorations that cast a spooky spell over the whole neighborhood. Each easy Halloween ideas is made for outdoor displays and can weather the cold or rain.

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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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Quick and Easy Painted Pumpkins

This Halloween, create artistic pumpkins with paint, fun embellishments, and little (to no!) carving.

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    • Caterpillar Painted Pumpkins

      Here, pumpkins go to great lengths to form a caterpillar. Paint pumpkins melon green, and paint their stems black. Decorate the body with adhesive-felt dots, and denote the head with a pair of googly eyes and curled pipe cleaner antennae. Arrange the pumpkins in a creepy, crawling S shape.

    • Candy Corn Painted Pumpkins

      Too big to pop in your mouth, these candy corn-look painted pumpkins still look good enough to eat. Use cone-shape pumpkins and spray-paint to create these Halloween treats.

    • Black Cat and Bat Painted Pumpkins

      A black cat and a bat -- this painted pumpkin duo is "spooktacular"! Spray-paint two pumpkins luscious matte black. Craft cardstock features, and pin in place. We carved the cat and bat faces, but you can cut them from cardstock, too.

    • Tiered Pastel Painted Pumpkins

      Like any culinary confection, this tiered treat has all the right ingredients. Select two pumpkins and a Cinderella squash that stack easily. "Ice" the pumpkins and squash in pretty pastel paints, embellish with lacy trims and adhesive gems, and stack.

    • Video: Paint a Pretty Metallic Pumpkin

      Learn how to glam up your pumpkins with a coat of pretty metallic paint.

    • Miniature Bats Painted Pumpkins

      Take miniature pumpkins to bewitching new heights with an aerial display. Draw bats on white pumpkins with a permanent marker. Cut a length of thick jute and knot one end to a large washer. Tie a loop in the other end. Punch holes in the top and bottom of the pumpkin, and use wire to pull the twine through the holes. (The washer supports the pumpkin's weight, and the loop attaches to the shepherd's hook.)

    • Best Face Forward

      Give your pumpkin a different kind of face this year. Print a face profile, then cut it out. Trace around the cutout image with a pencil on your pumpkin. Paint the silhouette black, then spray the pumpkin with varnish to set the paint. Cut a length of black lace to encircle the silhouette, then pin it in place with pearl-head pins.

      Editor's Tip: Create a patch of pumpkin silhouettes, each one featuring a different member of your family.

    • Pattern Play

      Use paper doilies as stencils to create intricate, lacelike designs.

    • Painted Patchwork

      To create this patchwork design, paint your pumpkin with latex primer and let dry. Then apply a base coat with cream-color latex paint and allow to dry. Mark off squares with masking tape, or download our free pattern below. Paint an overcoat of khaki-color latex paint; let dry. Remove tape to expose cream-color paint.

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      Cat and Mice Silhouettes

      Play a game of cat and mouse this Halloween with this set of silhouettes. Download our free templates, then trace the cat onto a large pumpkin and the mice onto three smaller pumpkins. Fill in the outlines with black paint, or use a paint pen for a quick and easy alternative. Go to the next slide to see another silhouette creature.

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      Creepy Crow

      When summer fades to autumn and songbirds start to fly south, a birdbath becomes a perfect perch for a pumpkin adorned with a macabre silhouette. Choose any number of eerie shapes for your outdoor display: think crow, black cat, bat, witch, or spider. Apply a coat of varnish after the paint dries to protect the pumpkin from the elements. Tufts of garden moss help keep the pumpkin stable on its perch.

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      Bold Designs

      Add color and texture to your pumpkins with graphic stripes. First, paint the entire pumpkin black. When dry, create a design by scraping off the black paint to reveal the orange pumpkin rind beneath. To use the painted pumpkin as a vase, carve out a narrow hole in the center to fit an existing vase. Insert vase into the hole, then add flowers.

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      Fall Foliage

      For a pumpkin that spans from Halloween to Thanksgiving, try a leaf motif. Find different types of leaves, trace the shapes on the pumpkin, and paint.

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      Ring Round the Pumpkin

      Less is more when you stencil a pretty pattern around the circumference of a pumpkin. Draw attention to the pattern by perching the pumpkin on a color-coordinated pedestal.

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      Color Change

      Paint a pumpkin your favorite color for a stylish approach to Halloween decorating. Sprinkle the wet paint with glitter to add some sparkle to the color.

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      Haunted Mansion

      Chisel windows in a painted mansion and carve a moon behind. Candlelight from inside the pumpkin will bring the haunted scene to life.

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      Spine-Chilling Spider

      The painted sinister spider dangling on its luminous web warns visitors to beware. The lines of the web are carved just deep enough to let the glow of the candle shine through the pumpkin wall.

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      Halloween Tap Dance

      This witch has rhythm! Tall pumpkins set the stage for this soft-shoe scenario. All you need to keep in step is black paint, ribbon, and shallow carving.

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      Bowled Over

      Grab the paintbrushes and get crafty with these designs that use pumpkins as canvases. The simple graphic motifs, inspired by country decor, are a treat to display all autumn long.

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      Pick Your Pattern

      To get this patterned look, draw a template for your design (or create it on a computer). Trace the design onto contact paper, and cut out the interior of the design using fine-tip scissors. Adhere the stencil to the pumpkin. Using a lightly paint-coated stencil brush, apply paint with a bouncing motion. Carefully remove the stencil and repeat as desired.

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      Friendly Halloween Cats

      Create a litter of kittens with painted pumpkins. First, coat each pumpkin with matte-finish sealant to dull the waxy surface. Paint the pumpkins different colors, applying two or three coats of paint (let the paint dry between coats). Draw a nose, mouth, and whiskers on each pumpkin with a black felt-tip marker. For the eyes, draw eye-shape outlines and eyelashes using the marker. Paint the inside of the eyes white, let dry, then paint green irises outlined in black. Cut out ear shapes from crafts foam, and hot-glue them in place.

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      Plaids on Parade

      For a rustic look, paint a plaid pattern on a pumpkin. Use various colors and stripe widths.

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      Carnival Pumpkin

      You'll have to get your fingers wet to leave your mark on this playful pumpkin!

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      Easy No-Carve Halloween Pumpkins

      Create these beautiful Halloween pumpkins without lifting a knife.
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