31+ Easy Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas That Impress

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Get inspired with our Halloween pumpkin carving ideas…

Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without some great pumpkin carvings and jack-o’-lanterns. From friendly faces to scary ghosts…be ready to welcome your party guests and trick-or-treaters with some creative carvings. Take a look at our Halloween pumpkin carving ideas to take your creativity to the next level.

Time to get your hands a little dirty and show off those craft skills. Use the images below for a little creative inspiration, to take your designs to the next level. Your neighbors may get a little jealous of your front door designs so be prepared!

halloween pumpkin carving ideas easy
Halloween pumpkin carving ideas easy

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What are some good pumpkin carving ideas?

There are very few limits when it comes to good pumpkin carving ideas. They don’t necessarily have to be Halloween related, these days…pretty much anything goes. If you do want to stay true to Halloween, then you have the standard scary faces, ghosts, witches and spiders…but there are levels to this game. A little more planning and a little more time invested, you can literally create a piece of artwork.

Is it better to cut the top or bottom of a pumpkin?

It is ALWAYS better to retain the top of the pumpkin and instead, cut the bottom. This way, the moisture is retained within the pumpkin which means that it lasts longer. When you are removing the seeds, people make the mistake of removing them in one go. It is better for the pumpkin if you remove them be scraping the walls.

How long will a carved pumpkin last?

It very much depends on the climate. If you live in a hot place, generally a carved pumpkin will last between 3 and 5 days. Living in a colder climate may mean that your pumpkin lasts up to a couple of weeks.

Why pumpkins are used in Halloween?

It is very much a historical tradition that goes back to the Celts. Back then, they would carve faces into vegetables and place a candle in them. The purpose of which was to ward off evil spirits with the light shining through them.

What to do with pumpkin after carving?

Well, that is up to you but many people make use of it. More often than not, it is turned into a recipe…plenty of recipes online. Obviously, it is better to make use of it!

How do you keep a pumpkin from rotting?

There are various ways of preventing your pumpkin from rotting. Since it is a live vegetable, it is prone to mold. You can therefore use water and bleach solution to kill bacteria. Pumpkins will also shrivel as the moisture within it evaporates, hydrate it daily by using a bleach and water solution. Alternatively, consider giving it an overnight ice bath to re-hydrate it. Storage can also prevent it from rotting sooner. When not on display, either place it in the fridge or in a cool place. Using real candles cooks the pumpkin, so consider using glow sticks instead.

Do you need pumpkin carving tools?

You can can buy tools specific to carving pumpkins but the plastic ones are not always the best option. Instead consider using a serrated vegetable knife and a soup ladle to remove the seeds. You probably already have these in your kitchen.

Can I carve both sides of a pumpkin?

You should consider leaving the top whole if you want it to last longer. There is nothing to stop you carving both sides.

When should I buy a pumpkin?

Pumpkins last anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks after they are picked. So buying them early in October can have a price advantage.

Do you wash a pumpkin before carving?

Yes, you should always wash your pumpkin even if you are not eating it. It removes any bacteria and potentially, chemicals.

How does vinegar prevent pumpkins from rotting?

A vinegar solution of two parts white vinegar with i part lemon juice, is used to brush on the outside of the pumpkin. This is known to help prevent rotting.

Is it better to keep carved pumpkins inside or outside?

It really depends on the temperature of where you live. If you live in a hot climate, your carved pumpkin will last between 3 and 5 days. Therefore, in these circumstances, it is better to bring it in and refrigerate it overnight, or place it in a cool room.

Will hot glue stick to a pumpkin?

Yes, hot glue absolutely works on a pumpkin.

Do Sharpies work on pumpkins?

Yes, Sharpies work on pumpkins. However, they are permanent so they may not be the best solution for a pumpkin. You would be better using a pencil or stencil.

What kind of paint do you use on a pumpkin?

Acrylic is the best paint for pumpkins as it does not crack.

Hopefully, these Halloween pumpkin carving ideas have given you the inspiration to do something a little different and step up your pumpkin carving game. As always, enjoy this activity but do so with safety in mind….enjoy!


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Halloween pumpkin carving ideas for kids

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