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Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Kids

From toddlers to teens, your children will love making these fun pumpkin carving ideas for kids 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 pumpkins a breeze.

    • Cat and Mouse Pumpkins

      Generate your kids' enthusiasm for pumpkin carving by choosing silly combinations. 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.

    • 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 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.

    • Carved Traffic Sign Pumpkins

      Middle-school youngsters will love these 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.

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Owl Pumpkin

      Minimal carving makes it easy for even the youngest to join in these pumpkin carving ideas for kids. These charming owls come together with just a bit of carving, glue, and sunflower seeds.

    • 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!

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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.

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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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