Tips, Templates, Safety and More
Pumpkin carving during Halloween has been a fun family tradition for hundreds of years. Even though the term Jack O Lantern was not used until 1837, the tradition of carving faces on vegetables dates back much further & is filled with tales of magic and fright. We’ve collected some of the best articles on this practice including patterns and tips, so get out your carving knives and prepare for a great (and safe) time!
Pumpkin Carving Tips from a Professional Carver, David LaRochelle
This excellent article is an interview with Mr. La Rochelle and includes such important details as how to choose the perfect pumpkin, tools to make the job easier and safety tips. His step-by-step instructions are extremely helpful and easy to follow. Highly recommended reading.
Halloween Pumpkin Carving Tips
This thorough step by step guide takes you from the pumpkin patch to preservation tips that will keep your artwork looking amazing for weeks. If you read only one guide, this is the one we recommend.
The Most Amazing Creative Pumpkin-Carving Stencils Ever
This guide includes some tips I’ve never heard of before such as removing the seeds from the bottom for a better looking pumpkin and so you can set it directly over an already lit candle. It also has a great collection of websites with patterns and templates. An excellent source.
Pumpkin Carving: Carving and Safety Tips
Squarely focused on the safety aspects of carving, this article is a great checklist if you have young children or pets who could get injured on the knives or candles associated with Jack O Lantern carving.
Creative Pumpkin Carving Tips and Ideas
This article includes tips for choosing a good pumpkin, ways to make your artwork last longer and online resources for stencils. A solid guide.
Free Printable Pumpkin Carving Stencils
This is a great guide to locate and use free online printable stencils in your pumpkin art. If you normally carve free hand but want better results, this is the article to start with.
Where to Find Easy Pumpkin Carving Stencils Online
Updated for 2016, this is another great guide for stencils featuring free websites to spark your imagination.
Free Kid Friendly Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns
When a simple face isn’t nearly good enough, this article provides links to delight your toddler or school aged child. With templates such as Blue Clues, Thomas the Tank Engine, Scooby Doo and Spongebob Squarepants, your pumpkins will stand out from every other one on your block.
Free Pumpkin Carving Tools You May Already Own
Don’t spend money on fancy tools when most of what you need for fantastic designs is already in your kitchen. From ice cream scoopers to cork screws to skewers, you’ll be surprised what you can do with common items you already own.
Extreme Pumpkin Carving: The Ultimate Pumpkin-Carving Guide
Once you’ve gotten really good, this guide will take you to the next level with power tools and advanced tips.
Carving a Jack ‘O Lantern is one of the central actives of Halloween and comparable to decorating your tree for Christmas. With practice and preparation you will be able to create amazing pumpkins with your family that will wow them and your neighbors. Happy carving!