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.

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.

How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro

This step-by-step guide dials down the “ew” factor and plays up the “ah” factor with expert tips and tricks for a perfectly-carved pumpkin. 

8 Pumpkin Carving Stencils

These stencil designs will help you carve the coolest jack-o-lanterns on the block, minimal effort required.

DIY Paper Mache Pumpkins That Will Last Forever

Your kids will love this Halloween craft. 

7 Creative Jack-o’-Lanterns You Don’t Need a Pumpkin For

Some take a little carving, others are simply crafts inspired by the traditional jack-o’-lantern, but none of these festive ideas require an actual pumpkin. 

13 Brilliant Pumpkin Carving Hacks

That make pumpkin carving magically easy.

22 Great Pumpkin Recipes

Carve out a spot on your plate (no matter how full it is) for these yummy dishes.

5 Frightfully Chic Halloween Decorations

Add a gorgeous and ghoulish touch to your space for All Hallows’ Eve with these accessories that will instantly dress up your home for the occasion. 

10 Crazy Facts About Pumpkins

Long before pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pancakes and, well, pumpkin everything, came the humble orange pumpkin. Here, some fascinating trivia you might not know about fall’s signature vegetable (er, fruit).