Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Kids

These fun pumpkin carving ideas for kids will have the whole family carving. From toddlers to teens, your children will love carving pumpkins this Halloween season. Each pumpkin carving is fun and kid-friendly, perfect for getting the entire family in the Halloween spirit.

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    Monstrously Cool Pumpkin Carvings

    Playful eyes and uniquely shaped gourds turn this year's pumpkins into easy-to-make silly monsters that any kid will love. Our free pattern downloads and pumpkin carving how-to make carving these smiling pumpkins a breeze.

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    Cat and Mouse Pumpkins

    Generate your kids' enthusiasm by choosing silly combinations and cute pumpkin carving ideas. Here, a sweetly sneaky cat and a small friendly mouse take the stage. Our pattern downloads make it easy to transfer the images to your pumpkins. Use black felt to create cat ears and glue or pin them above the eyes; to easily make the whiskers, try a gouging tool.

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    Cute Owl Pumpkin Carving

    This adorable Halloween creation is crafted with just a bit of carving and colored papers.

    For the face:
    Paint the pumpkin white; let dry. Download the pumpkin carving pattern and transfer onto the pumpkin. Using a knife or carving tools, cut out the eye and beak openings. Use a gouge to cut the chest feathers, going just deep enough to reveal the inner rind.

    For the ears and wings:
    Cut the outer ears from black cardstock and inner ears from patterned orange cardstock. Cut outer wings from patterned brown cardstock and inner wings from patterned orange cardstock. Glue the outer and inner ear cutouts together and the outer and inner wing cutouts together. Glue wings to black cardstock; cut out, leaving a 1/8-inch black border all around. Fold and clip ears and wings as noted on the patterns. Attach them to the pumpkin with straight pins.

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    Carved Traffic Sign Pumpkins

    Middle-school youngsters will love these easy pumpkin carving ideas for kids. Transfer the stencils onto uncarved pumpkins and scrape away the surrounding areas using a gouging tool. Use the pumpkins to line a walkway or decorate your steps for Halloween.

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    Video: Pumpkin Carving Tricks and Treats

    Watch to get our insider secrets to the easiest way to clean out your pumpkins. Hint: We start from the bottom! Once you have the pumpkin carving basics down, any design will be much easier to create.

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    Mummy Pumpkins

    These mummies are only a wee bit scary, making them the perfect pumpkin carving idea for kids. After prepping the pumpkins, cut slits in each: two for the eyes, wide and tall enough to accommodate marbles; one for the nose; and one for the mouth. Cut more slits around the gourd and on the edges of the lid. Place a toothpick vertically into each eye opening in the gourd and glue a marble to each toothpick.

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    Front Porch Message

    Let your kids pick the message for this carved pumpkin creation. Mask off the areas you want to remain unpainted, spray-paint the pumpkins black, and remove the tape to reveal your design. Draw the outlines of block letters onto your pumpkins and let your kids fill in with black crafts paint; add polka dots by carefully drilling holes with a cup drill bit. Display pumpkins at varying heights.

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    Owl Pumpkin

    Minimal carving means these adorable owl pumpkins are perfect for making with kids. These charming owls come together with just a bit of carving, glue, and sunflower seeds. This cute pumpkin carving ideas looks great on orange pumpkins, too! 

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    Video: Owl Pumpkin Carving

    Watch the video to learn how to make this adorable feathered friend. With just a few easy steps, you can turn your pumpkin into a cute owl! One of our favorite easy pumpkin carving ideas, we'll show you exactly how to make it! 

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    Fun Cat Pumpkin

    Chenille stem whiskers, crafts-foam ears, and a pretty bow make this carved pumpkin kitty a surefire kid favorite. Simply download the free pattern and carve out this feline's face before adhering her whiskers, ears, and bow with hot glue.

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    Laughing Pumpkin

    There's something to be said for funny pumpkin carving ideas that play up classic jack-o'-lantern features and techniques. This sweetly smiling pumpkin offers an expressive face that promises to turn on the smiles. Get our pumpkin carving pattern to make the face just right. 

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    Pumpkin Candy Lane

    It's hard to say who will enjoy this trio of pumpkins more: your kids when you make them or trick-or-treaters when they visit on Halloween. Younger kids can help with the tracing and decorating, while bigger kids might assist with the surface carving.

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    Awesome Emoji Pumpkin Stencils

    We ::heart:: these ::thumbs up:: emoji stencil designs that can be carved right onto your Halloween pumpkins. ::Kissing face::
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