The Cutest Pumpkin-Carving Ideas for Kids
Monstrously Cool Pumpkin Carvings
Thumbs Up Emoji Pumpkin Stencil
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 in this animal pumpkin-carving scene. Our pumpkin stencils make carving with kids easy. Use black felt to create cat ears, and glue or pin them above the eyes. To make the whiskers, use a gouging tool.
Cute Owl Pumpkin Carving
This adorable Halloween pumpkin decoration is crafted with colored papers and just a bit of carving—perfect for pumpkin-carving with kids who are a bit younger.
Once the face is carved, cut the ears and wings from cardstock. Glue together the outer and inner ear cutouts and the outer and inner wing cutouts. Glue wings to black cardstock; cut out, leaving an 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-age kids will love these easy pumpkin-carving ideas. 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.
Farm Animal Pumpkin
This adorable kid's pumpkin carving project starts with a carvable faux pumpkin. Create the barnyard scene by painting the pumpkin red and carving a barn door opening. Fill the pumpkin with mini gourds decorated to look like farm animals. We used cut felt pieces to make the faces.
Mouse Pumpkin Carving
Fun Cat Pumpkin
Use this easy pumpkin-carving for kids idea to create a likeness of your favorite feline. Pipe cleaner 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.
Pumpkin Candy Lane
Hoppy Halloween! This kid pumpkin carving idea starts with a coat of green crafts paint. Cut a wide mouth and glue on small white gourds for eyes. Cut legs from paper and hot glue them to the back of the funny pumpkin. If you’re looking for pumpkin-carving ideas for kids who are a little younger, let them help with the tracing and decorating while the bigger kids assist with the surface carving.
Put together this silly pup pumpkin decoration with your dog-loving kids. Carve a silly grin, paint the mouth and nose black, and paint on a brown face. Use wire hangers to attach white gourds painted with brown circles as eyes and green gourds for ears. Cut a tongue from the part of the pumpkin you removed for carving the mouth, then paint it red and place it inside the mouth.
Keep kid-friendly pumpkin carving simple by using an apple corer. (While it’s not as sharp as a knife, kids should still proceed with adult supervision.) Punch out a funny smile of circles and use the punched-out plugs for more pumpkin decorations, such as for the nose or pupils.
If you’re looking for pumpkin-carving ideas for kids who are a little more advanced, try pumpkin stencils with a little more detail but still completely achievable, like this wistful grinning jack-o’-lantern.