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Forty years ago, pumpkin carving was a little simpler.  Take a pumpkin, empty out the “guts” that are inside of it, and then carve a crooked smile, nose, and eyes.  But in the past decade, pumpkin carving has become an art form and everyone is getting in on it.  Whether you decide to use a pencil or carve your pumpkin “freehand” here are some supplies you are going to need for this great Halloween tradition.

  • Pumpkin Carving Kit—If you go into any “Big Box” store or grocery chain, you will see plenty of pumpkin carving kits for sale. Many of these include the basics:  a stencil, a small scooper for the inside of the pumpkin, a pick for fine line work, and a small saw for the big removals.  However, these are so rudimentary that users could find themselves sawing through the pumpkin for hours using a tool that has the sharpness of a butter knife.
  • Additional Tools—If you really want to create some spectacular pumpkins, try getting some additional power tools. Currently, some home improvement stores carry attachments for drills that will let you scoop out and cut the pumpkin with relative ease.  Other items such as wood chisels and linoleum cutters will also make the process much easier for you.
  • Stencils—If you don’t want to really stretch your artistic side, there are plenty of stencil options available from most chain stores and the local Halloween costume shop. You can also go online and Google search “Free Pumpkin Stencils” and simply print out a copy of your favorite scary monster, superhero, or cartoon character.
  • Paint a Pumpkin Options—A final option that is becoming popular are “Pumpkin Painting” kits that can be found at many large retailers as well as arts and crafts stores. Instead of carving the pumpkin, you paint it to create your own horrific designs.  This may be a great way to get little kids involved when they can’t use the dangerous tools.

Pumpkin decorating is a great activity for all ages and is a way to bring the family together and make your home a little spookier this Halloween.