Pumpkin Carving

Barbara J. Feldman

My childhood pumpkin memories look nothing like these fancy pumpkins. When did pumpkin carving get so elaborate? I can’t say, but these pumpkin patterns do look fun. Whether your interest is just in browsing the photo galleries, or you’re out to learn how to create your own pumpkin masterpiece, these sites are sure to please.

  • Disney Family: Pumpkin Carving Ideas5 stars

    "Is a grinning jack-o'-lantern too tame for your family? Light up the party and add a little Disney magic to your Halloween with these pumpkin-carving ideas and printable templates." These Disney pumpkin templates star family favorites such as Maleficent, Vampire Mickey, Cruella De Vil, and Jack Skellington.

  • DLTK: Pumpkin Carving Patterns4 stars

    "While you can muddle through some of the simpler designs with serrated knives, tablespoons and a small nail, you'll be well served investing in some pumpkin carving tools if you plan on attempting some of the more detailed designs." I love the patterns here because they come with really simple instructions for beginners. Designs include Sponge Bob, scary cats, Thomas the Tank Engine, spiders, spider webs, skulls, haunted houses, and a number of traditional jack-o'-lantern faces.

  • Extreme Pumpkins5 stars

    "Pumpkin carving has been reborn. This time it is a little bit deformed." These whacked-out pumpkins from the mind of Tom Nardone are not for the toddler set. At Extreme Pumpkins you'll find "shocking, funny, and gross" pumpkin designs such as a puking pumpkin, a flaming head pumpkin, and a worm infested pumpkin. In addition to the free pumpkin patterns, the site has info on preserving pumpkins with Clorox bleach, making fake blood, and carving a person's likeness onto a pumpkin from a digital photograph.

  • Pumpkin Carving 1015 stars

    Pumpkin Carving 101 is the encyclopedia of pumpkin carving. It offers a history of the jack-o'-lanterns, advice on choosing a pumpkin, tips on growing pumpkins, a guide to carving tools, how to light your pumpkin, how to photograph your pumpkin and more. Of particular interest to those just starting out with stencil carving, are their lessons on how to make a pumpkin stencil and how to use a pumpkin stencil.

  • The Pumpkin Wizard5 stars

    "This site specializes in three toned pumpkin carving patterns, which require an additional step of peeling the outside and some of the flesh from the pumpkin. This adds greater depth and eye popping realism to your carvings." With 570 free pumpkin carving patterns and a forum for asking and answering pumpkin carving questions, the Pumpkin Wizard is a one-stop shop for pumpkin carving fanatics.

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


    Cite This Page

  • Feldman, Barbara. "Pumpkin Carving." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 28 Oct. 2014. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/pumpkin-carving/ >.


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  • By . Originally published October 28, 2014. Last modified November 3, 2014.

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