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Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Gifts

Updated on October 20, 2015

Pumpkin Carving and Free Designs

The longest lasting Jack o' Lantern that we had in our household was not carved out at all.The pumpkin was left completely intact. The face was drawn on with marker. This pumpkin lasted well into Thanksgiving. But if you want to cut out a face or design on your pumpkin, then it has never been easier. You can buy a pumpkin carving kit complete with stencils. This is a vast improvement over your parents or grandparents days when they carved out a pumpkin with a knife. You can make your own designs or download free pumpkin stencils online.

List of a couple pattern sites.

Kim's Free Pumpkin Patterns

Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Grandfather is Busy Carving out a Pumpkin

Jack-o-lantern by Abbott Fuller Graves - Peel and Stick Removable Graphic on Amazon
Jack-o-lantern by Abbott Fuller Graves - Peel and Stick Removable Graphic on Amazon

More Halloween Posters and Décor

Find all of these type of decorations when you Click on to see more Jack o' Lanterns Posters and More Ideas Here

Steps on Carving out a Pumpkin

Here are the step by step on carving out a pumpkin to make it a Jack o' Lantern. For decorating the house with posters to removable giant stickers you can find these on Amazon under the link above.

  1. Cut an opening in the top or bottom of a pumpkin. Keep the top piece to use as a lid.
  2. Clean and scrape the inside to where the wall of the pumpkin wall is no more than one inch thick.
  3. Cut out the pattern or make your own out of a piece of paper. Unless you are handily without a pattern.
  4. If using a pattern, use a tool called the poker. Poke through the paper making dots along each outline on the pattern.
  5. Start sawing with a pumpkin carver or knife around the outline of the dots. Always hold the carver at a right angle to the pumpkin.
  6. Light a candle inside the pumpkin, then close the lid. Quickly put out the flame and cut a small hole where a spot had blackened inside the lid. This will let the smoke and heat escape while a candle glows inside.

The Art of Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Shirts for Kids and Adults


See these holiday t-shirt and sweatshirt and many more proucts for Halloween when you visit the link below.

All Halloween Gifts from Sandyspider Gifts on Zazzle Here!

Black Cat Sitting by a Jack o' Lantern

on Amazon see below
on Amazon see below

Funny Cat Poster

Halloween Poster Black Cat Poster Pumpkin 18x24 (Halloween50)
Halloween Poster Black Cat Poster Pumpkin 18x24 (Halloween50)

Adorable poster of a happy ceramic Jack o' Lantern with a black cat making a funny face. This photo is so funny and a classic look that everyone will love.


Top Ten Halloween the Movies Voted on by You - Formally an Amazon Voting module

Top Ten Halloween Movies
Top Ten Halloween Movies

The photo shows my top ten that picks for Halloween movies. Find these and many more of your favorites on Amazon.

Halloween Movies favorites on Amazon when clicking here.

Pumpkin Tote Bags and More

See the link below for these bags and all others on Sandyspider Gifts on Zazzle
See the link below for these bags and all others on Sandyspider Gifts on Zazzle | Source

Treat or Treat Organic Green Bags

These can be customize to different styles of bags and even economy. Here are the Halloween and many other type of bags with different photos and designs. From Sandyspider Gifts. Just click on the link below.

Tote Bags, Messenger Bags, Computer Bags and More Bags on Zazzle

3D Pumpkin Carving

This cute pumpkin costume will drive your friends out of their gourds! Super soft plush jack-o-lantern costume with matching pumpkin cap. Your dog will look adorable.

Pumpkin Pie Costume More Like a Jack o' Lantern

Pumpkin romper costume has a bright eyed pumpkin adorning the front and green "foliage" around the neckline. Also includes a matching headpiece. Pumpkin costume has a satin sheen. Other accessories are available separately. Hand wash, Line Dry. Pumpkin costume for women is available in a standard size.

Spooky Pumpkin Costume

Bobble Head Pumpkin Ghoul Kids Costume
Bobble Head Pumpkin Ghoul Kids Costume

This Jack o' Lantern costume is spooky from head to toe. Includes the robe, Includes hooded robe, gloves, rope tie, large lightweight head and head support. Perfect for you child to go trick-or-treating in. Available in medium and large sizes.


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      shibbir 5 years ago

      Awesome i read more about pumpkin but it is awesome

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      MintySea 6 years ago

      I like happy jack O' Lanterns

      pS your shop is now added to my lens

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Great lens, we all love pumpkins:) you did a wonderful job...lots of useful info!!!

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      mistersquidoo_here 6 years ago

      i like the pumpkin design..hohoho

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Definitely Happy ones.

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      squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

      Great job with this lens! Love it :) I featured it on my lens titled "Top 10 Halloween Pumpkin Designs"

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      WebIsFun 7 years ago

      I love happy pumpkins .. different designs are really neat too - but I skip the scary ones

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      sheilamarie78 7 years ago

      I like them happy. Though I like to eat them too, and I bet that's scary for them!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      We can always use more ideas for pumpkin carving. I've lensrolled this to my Jack o Lantern Ideas.

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      What a huge selection of Halloween items you have here.

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      CliveAnderson LM 7 years ago

      Nicely done, have lensrolled to my Pumpkin Halloween Costumes lens. Thank you.


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      love it

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      I enjoyed reading about the pumpkin carving. Nice Job!

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      oztoo lm 8 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      I love the carvings on this lens. By the way if you make the bread from my recipe lens you will be soooo glad you did. It is yummy especially fresh out of the oven

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      Sue Dixon 8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Great lens- its all looks fantastic- Happy Halloween!

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      KFreeman 8 years ago

      Great lens. Lot's of neat ideas to add to the Halloween mood...

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations new 100 club member!

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      andreaberrios lm 8 years ago

      Very cute and fun lens! excellent, lensrolled to all my Halloween lenses.

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      BalanceGirl 8 years ago

      Playsational has some great free pumpkin carving stencils. Here are some good ones.

      Disney Pumpkin Carving Patterns

      Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils

      Scary Pumpkin Stencils

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      Andy-Po 8 years ago

      Great lens and thanks for adding to my groups. I have added some extra featured lens modules for all of your new lenses.

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      If only the dang chipmunks etc. didn't always try to munch our pumpkins! Nice lens, 5*

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      SherryHolderHunt 8 years ago

      I like all Jack-o-lanterns and we usually carve about 4 of them. Rolling to my Boo: Time for Halloween Lens. 5*s

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      Nice jack-o-lanterns! Lensrolled to Halloween T's & Treat Bags.

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      Lensroling to my Halloween freebie printables. Very nice lens :)

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      Once again you have created a one-of-a-kind tribute to Halloween! It's just great. I would like to add it to the Featured Lens module on my Halloween Art thanks!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great Halloween Zazzle products and great Pumpkin Carving lens. It just doesn't seem possible that it will soon be Halloween again.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Love the pumpkin and jack-o-lantern posters!

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      I love pumpkins!! I try my best to use the whole pumpkin, for decorating and for cooking. I have seen some beautiful artwork done of pumpkins too, fancinating.

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      great halloween lens

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      Great Lens! Thanks for the online site for the stencils. I think that will come in very handy.

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      Lisa 8 years ago from Rhode Island

      great lens I love everything Halloween great pumpkin carving info

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Awesome lens! We have a Halloween Party most years, and my husband carves a dozen pumpkins. He turns out some awesome jack-o-lanterns but without his tools, he couldn't do it.


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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      Great Job - I carved you out 5 Stars

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Pumpkin Carving Lens. What Wonderful Zazzle Halloween Designs. :)