Have Your Pumpkins Do The Talking

Carefully carve letters or words into a pumpkin for a spooky take on a traditional jack-o'-lantern. Our video will show you how to carve letters into a pumpkin, and we'll give you ideas for pumpkin carving words and pumpkin sayings.

Text Tower

Send your guests a spooky message with our Text Tower. Carve one letter or word per pumpkin, and stack the pumpkins on a dowel to create a tower. You can also line them up along an entryway to spread out your greeting. We like a long, trailing "eeek" on miniature pumpkins, or a "boo!"

If you can, freehand-draw a letter onto each pumpkin. We prefer using a sewing tracing wheel or sharp poking tool to trace a printed off design, like our free downloadable Eek! letters, linked below. Then, use a gouge or scraping tool to remove the skin in the design, scraping only the pumpkin surface without cutting through to the interior.

When all the pumpkins are carved with letters, remove the pumpkin stems and drill a hole in the center top of the tower's lowest and middle pumpkins. Wrap battery-powered lights around a dowel; run the dowel through the holes and into the ground to secure the tower.

Words to Scare By

Battery-powered lights put the glow behind these words that capture the spirit of Halloween and ensure that only the bravest trick-or-treaters will make their way to your door. Experiment with text pumpkins and phrases. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Turn Back Now
  • Boo!
  • Happy Halloween
  • R I P
  • Mwa-ha-ha
  • Spooky
  • Eek!

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