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How to throw your own pumpkin carving party!

Updated on July 10, 2014

Anyone can do it!

This year we had 26 (and counting) pumpkins come out of our garden. While wondering how I was going to get all of them carved, I came up with a great idea. We'll throw a pumpkin carving party! This way we can spread the joy (and the work) with all of our friends.

Since this was a last minute idea, I thought it would be hard to organize. But here it is, a week until the party, and I'm just about done!

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I would suggest 1-2 pumpkins per person. If you don't grow your own and you don't want to supply them, ask everyone to bring their own.

In order to ensure fairness in choosing pumpkins, we were going to number the pumpkins and then have everyone draw numbers out of a hat. But shortly after inviting everyone, names started appearing on the pumpkins lining our steps. Apparently, our friends had been sneaking over and choosing their own pumpkins! Right now, there are only 7 unclaimed.

Carving Kits

You don't have to actually go out and buy a kit for everyone. You can ask people to bring their own supplies. Or you can just supply some knives and spoons.

And if you think outside the box, carving a pumpkin doesn't have to mean using knives. You can use a dremel. You can use power tools. We're even trying to figure out how to incorporate my husbands blow gun into our pumpkin carving fun.

Carving Patterns

One thing you want to have is a good selection of patterns. You can either buy a couple books or go online and download some free ones.


For a party to be success, it has to have fun games. Both adult and kids games. Here's what we're doing:


  • Paint targets on a couple of the pumpkins and use the hubby's blow gun to shoot them.
  • Make firework bombs and blow up a couple of the uglier pumpkins (Come on, who doesn't want to see a pumpkin blow up?)


  • Pin the face on the pumpkin. The kids are going to pin 2 eyes, a nose, and a mouth on a pumpkin while blindfolded.
  • Make halloween decorations. We're going to teach them how to make ghosts out of tootsie pops and hankies.
  • Balloon popping! We're going to put some candy in some balloons and then blow them up. Then the kids have to pop them without using their hands or feet. (This was so much fun at my sons birthday party!)

If you don't want to do all the work of setting up games yourself, you can just buy a couple Halloween themed games.

Miscellaneous Supplies

You'll also need a couple other things.

  • Newspaper to keep the carving mess to a minimum.
  • Big bowls to hold the guts!
  • Prizes for the winners of the games.
  • Grocery bags offer an easy way for guests to take their pumpkin home without fear of making a mess in their cars.
  • A camera to take pictures of all the awesome pumpkins!

Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Since you'll have a bunch of seeds left from all the carving, why not roast them? Here's an easy recipe.

  1. Rinse off your seeds, making sure to get all the pulp off them.
  2. Soak them in strong salt water (1/4 cup salt for every 2 cups water) for about 12 hours.
  3. Drain them and lay out on cookie sheet to dry for 1-2 days.
  4. Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Toss seeds with a bit of oil and salt. Then spread out on cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in oven preheated to 250 degrees, tossing every 20 minutes. It should take about an hour.
  6. Let seeds cool and then store in airtight container for up to 3 months.

Pumpkins we've carved

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batSkeleton and catWitchMonsterJokerCreepy PeeperOwlSkullMount Rushmore
Skeleton and cat
Skeleton and cat
Creepy Peeper
Creepy Peeper
Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore

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What do you think of a pumpkin carving party?

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    • julescorriere profile image

      Jules Corriere 

      7 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Love your pumpkin carvings!! I Just added it to my squidboo featured lens page.

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great how you covered the carving, food, games, etc. Big congrats on the King of Squidboo win! Well deserved.

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      8 years ago

      congrats on getting king of squidboo!!!

    • Mickie Gee profile image

      Mickie Goad 

      8 years ago

      I just got back from a pumpkin carving party. We had mummy dogs! What fun it was.

    • Tyla MacAllister profile image

      Tyla MacAllister 

      8 years ago

      This a great idea! You have some very talented pumpkin carvers at your house. Congrats on being a squidboo finalist.

    • Amy Fricano profile image

      Amy Fricano 

      8 years ago from WNY

      Congrats on your nomination. Hope you win! I was just glad, of should i say shocked, even to get on the list. Hope you win.

    • LouiseKirkpatrick profile image


      8 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Best of luck in the Challenge from me & Alice Cooper :D

    • sheilamarie78 profile image


      8 years ago from British Columbia

      Great idea for a party, Othercat! Can I come?

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      This looks like fun ... Happy Halloween!

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      8 years ago

      Now I like this idea of having a Pumpkin carving party! How fun to see what has been carved already! Congrats on being a finalist in the SquidBoo Contest. Cleopatra and I wish you luck in being one of the winners!

    • burgessvillian profile image


      8 years ago

      Good luck in the contest. I like this lens. It will help with me some Halloween ideas.

    • WebIsFun profile image


      8 years ago

      I enjoy the idea so much that I added it to: added to:

    • WebIsFun profile image


      8 years ago

      This is great fun!

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      8 years ago

      Fabulous ideas! Well done on being a fellow SquidBoo finalist - good luck! :)

    • LisaAuch1 profile image

      Lisa Auch 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Loving it! good Luck...

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      Barbara Walton 

      8 years ago from France

      I love the idea of a party. I run art classes and we did pumpkin carving yesterday. It was great fun and I think a party is in order next year!

    • Rita-K profile image


      8 years ago

      Pumpkin seeds, yum! What a fun party idea! We live in the country where pumpkins are numerous but trick or treating is slim...

    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 

      8 years ago

      That's a great idea to throw a carving party. Kind of like throwing a house painting party! Congratulations on making it to the top 40 for the Squidboo contest. My Halloween Fog is also in the top 40.

    • CastleRoyLisa profile image


      8 years ago from Rhode Island

      so much fun I love pumpkin carving lens roll to my Pumpkin decorating and Stenciling

    • Othercatt profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @marsha32: We're having ours on Saturday too. Then after wards we're going trick-or-treating because somebody in the higher-ups decided everyone should trick-or-treat on Saturday this year so that a school night isn't affected.

    • Othercatt profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @marsha32: We're having ours on Saturday too. Then after wards we're going trick-or-treating because somebody in the higher-ups decided everyone should trick-or-treat on Saturday this year so that a school night isn't affected.

    • KokoTravel profile image


      8 years ago

      My dad's birthday is on the 30th, so every year we would have him come over for a Halloween pumpkin carving party... those will always be some of the fun times that I remember of him...

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      8 years ago

      I guess you can call it a party this year for us as Saturday we are all going to be at my mom's carving pumpkins

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      You may have started a new Halloween custom. Great ideas for a party.

    • BelindaBlevins profile image


      8 years ago

      That is a great idea, I never thought about that before.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      BOO! Congratulations on your nomination for the Oct SquidBoo Challenge! Good Luck in the contest. :)

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      8 years ago

      I'd want lots of help. I only tried to carve a pumpkin once, with kids, plus neighbors' kids teaching us how.

    • kimbesa2 profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      Sound like a lot of fun, and a great way to express your creativity (and let those ghoulish impulses run wild). Thanks!

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      8 years ago

      I've never done a pumpkin carving party, but this sounds great. I always have extra pumpkins in the garden. A great way to use them and share them!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Halloween Fun for Kids!

    • Bus Stop Toy Shop profile image

      Bus Stop Toy Shop 

      8 years ago

      We're throwing our first ever Halloween partys this year - these are great ideas for things to do!

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      darciefrench lm 

      8 years ago

      I think it's an awesome idea! Great lens- happy carving :)


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