Pumpkin Carving Tips & Stencils

Pumpkin carving is a great project for adults to do with children. Kids can design the jack-o'-lantern face, and adults can do the carving! Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Place the pumpkin on newspaper for easy cleanup.
  • Cut a circle around the stem of the pumpkin, using a knife with a long sturdy blade. (Making the cut at an angle will help keep the top from falling through when you place it back on.)
  • Don't toss the seeds! When roasted, they make a delicious snack.
  • Before making that first cut of the jack-o'-lantern's face, study all sides of the pumpkin to find the smoothest side.
  • Draw the design on a piece of paper or print out one of our handy jack-o'-lantern carving stencils.
  • Tape the paper to the pumpkin, and then score the design onto the pumpkin by punching through the paper into the pumpkin flesh with a large nail.
  • With a sharp serrated knife, cut out the design using the punched holes as a guide. Remove the cut-out pieces by pushing them out from the inside of the pumpkin.
  • The finished result is ready to be lit on that special, fun and spooky night!

Check out these ghoulishly fun stencils! Download the stencils here.