Halloween Pumpkin Carving And Decorating Ideas

You don’t to be an expert carver—or even an amateur artist—to come up with an eye-catching pumpkin this year. Just browse our collection of easy, creative pumpkin carving ideas to turn your gourd into a Halloween highlight. We have loads of pumpkin-picking tips and tricks, including secrets to spotting a good one and keeping it from bruising, plus ways to lengthen your Jack-o-lantern’s shelf life. Want to throw a pumpkin decorating party? Find clever hosting tips and simple recipes for seasonal treats like mulled cider and sweet and salty pumpkin seeds. Get the scoop on goop-removing tools to prep your pumpkin, and pick up plenty of knife know-how: the best knives for carving a pumpkin versus stabbing through tough parts, carving 101 step-by-steps, and more. Turn to our troubleshooting primer for quick fixes for mess-ups and pieces that won’t pop out. Prefer to skip any slicing? Our artful, no-carve pumpkin design ideas will inspire you too.

How to Carve a Pineapple Jack-o’-Lantern

Give gourds a night off and try your hand at this quirky and tropical alternative.

DIY Paper Mache Pumpkins That Will Last Forever

Your kids will love this Halloween craft. 

4 Spellbinding Halloween Decorating Ideas for Your Front Door

Try these easy ways to dress up your door for the spookiest season of the year.

Ghost Designs for Your Jack-o’-Lanterns

Get spooky with one of these ghost pumpkin stencils this Halloween.

A Fail-Proof Jack-o’-Lantern Cutout

Use this classic stencil to help spruce up your home for Halloween.

The Most Creative Witch Pumpkin Designs

It’s pumpkin season again, which means pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin candles, and, of course, some pumpkin carving. For an annual activity, it can sometimes be hard to come up with new ideas. You could always default to the classic scary face (it's a perennial hit), but something a little different, like a witch or even her magical cauldron, will ensure what's on your front porch is nothing like what's on your neighbor's. 

Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds

Turn each and every pumpkin seed you pull from that Halloween Jack-o-lantern into a tasty treat. Yep, our recipe, which calls for the seeds of two medium fresh pumpkins, results in the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and crunchy—the trifecta for one sanely addictive snack. After you rinse and pat dry the seeds, you’ll toss them with butter, sugar, salt, and a bit of cinnamon. Sip some warm apple cider and bask in one of those ideal fall days that combines sweater weather, pumpkin crafts, and this homemade classic the whole family will love. You’ll want to Pin this for next year, too.

8 No-Carve Pumpkins

Transform this classic fall gourd with quick and creative decorating ideas. Sound too easy? You’re in for a treat.