Carving Pumpkins for Halloween

Pumpkin decoration of my favorite subjects - cats!


Total Time: 1 hour


  • 4 pumpkins
  • black tempera paint
  • knife for cutting pumpkins
  • tiny string lights
  • 8 toothpicks (2 for each ear) to hold on the cats ears


  1. Carve out two cat faces, your choice of expressions and use the scraps and a toothpick to hold the ears in place.
  2. Carve out the insides of the two pumpkins.
  3. Paint all four pumpkins black.
  4. Let dry.
  5. Add tiny lights inside......ooooouuuu.... Happy Halloween everyone!
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I just came across this website a minute ago and I wanted to share it with all of you! It's They offer hundreds of downloads of pumpkin carving stencils and patterns for free!

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October 24, 2006

Each year my husband adds a couple of carvings to his collection. We light the pumpkins each evening during the month of October.


I really wish all of you could bring your children and grandchildren by to see them.

Beautifully carved pumpkins

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Before you select your pumpkins, decide on your carving design and your Halloween decorating goals. Do you need several pumpkins of a uniform size to line your walkway or a trio of pumpkins to create a display on your porch? Make a list of your needs before you go shopping so you can select pumpkins in the sizes and shapes that best fit with your decorating plan.

A flower or sun pattern carved into a pumpkin.

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October 5, 2004

After you have carved your halloween Jack o'lantern light him up with a set of twinkle lights set inside. You can use the battery operated kind or cut a hole low in the back and run the cord thru to the outlet.

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October 10, 2007

Think outside the box when crafting pumpkins. Note: this one is a fake pumpkin which lasts forever

Hickory dickory dock pumpkin decoration.

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October 13, 2005

Halloween is right around the corner. This page contains some Jack O'Lantern carving tips and resources. Feel free to post your own tips.

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I felt a shock when touching a neighbor's pumpkin which used lights in the pumpkin. Caution is advised.

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October 29, 2005

When using those pumpkin carving kits that poke holes for you to carve over, rub some flour over the holes to make them more visible to you.

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Are you ready to carve those pumpkins? You may have already but with Halloween landing on a Sunday this year there is always time to do more. Here are some sites with lots of information on pumpkin carving:

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October 26, 2006

Today's poll asks: Are you carving a pumpkin (or pumpkins) this year?

Poll: Pumpkin Carving

Are you carving a pumpkin (or pumpkins) this year?

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October 22, 2012

First time carving a pumpkin, and I thought I'd done an awesome job! The next day, I brought my mom out to the front porch to brag about my masterpiece, and it was certainly nothing to brag about anymore.

A pumpkin that sagged after being carved

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October 31, 2008

This is the jack-o-lantern that I carved for my 8 month old son. It is a real pumpkin and was hand carved using only wood carving tools and a rotary tool.


My family and I carved an additional 4 pumpkins the same way, each to reflect on the persons interests.

Dregan's First Pumpkin

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When we asked my 3 yr. old grandson how he wanted his jack-o-lantern's face to look, he told us he wanted an "Oh, no! pumpkin" and made the face. This is what it looks like.

Carved pumpkin

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October 31, 2008

Here are two pumpkins carved by Aiden (7) and Avery (4). Aiden carved a killer robot and Avery carved a rabid mouse. We used stencils that we purchased for $3 at Fred Meyer and it made it super easy to carve something neat.

Carved and lighted pumpkins

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Here is this year's Jack-'o-lantern, carved by my adult son. It reminds me of his rescue kitten, Koneko.

A cat silhouette carved into a pumpkin for Halloween.

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My favorite local diner has a customer that brings in an awesome Jack-o-lantern each year. The diner has a golf theme and so does the pumpkin. I love how detailed it is!

Golfing Jack-O-Lantern

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This scary pumpkin won a prize! He is pretty scary, huh.

Scary Pumpkin

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