Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Kids

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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.

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 download and pumpkin carving how-to make carving these smiling pumpkins a breeze.


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 easily make the whiskers, try a gouging tool.


Cute Owl Pumpkin Carving

This adorable Halloween pumpkin decoration is crafted with just a bit of carving and colored papers, perfect for pumpkin carving for kids who are a bit younger.

For the face:

Paint the pumpkin white; let dry. Download the pumpkin stencil pattern and transfer the design 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 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.


Get your pumpkin ready to carve with a quick clean-out. We've got the secret to carving (Hint: work from the bottom up).

Video: Pumpkin Carving Tricks and Treats

Make pumpkin carving easier for kids (and grown-ups too). 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.


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 these carved pumpkin decorations. 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 means these adorable owl pumpkins are perfect if your pumpkin carving for kids session includes younger kiddos. These charming owls come together with just a bit of carving, glue, and sunflower seeds. This cute pumpkin carving idea looks great on orange pumpkins, too!


Instead of carving a face into your pumpkin, use a few creative methods to turn your gourd into a cute owl. Our crafty ideas are a cinch and require little to no carving.

Video: Owl Pumpkin Carving

Watch the video to learn how to make our adorable owl pumpkin 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!


Fun Cat Pumpkin

Use this pumpkin carving for kids idea to create a likeness of their favorite feline. 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.


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.


Pumpkin Candy Lane

It's hard to say who will enjoy this trio of pumpkin decorations more: your kids when you make them or trick-or-treaters when they visit on Halloween. If you’re looking for pumpkin carving ideas for kids who are a little younger, they can help with the tracing and decorating, while bigger kids might assist with the surface carving.

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