Opening and Cleaning out the Pumpkin

Cut a lid into the top of the pumpkin with a serrated knife.

Scoop the seeds and pulp out of the pumpkin with a spoon.

Designing and Carving Your Design

Draw on the pumpkin with a washable marker to make a free-hand design.

Poke holes in the pumpkin with push pins to outline a stenciled design.

Cut along your outlines with a serrated knife.

Make simple shape cutouts with cookie cutters and a rubber mallet.

Try creating dotted patterns on your pumpkin with a drill.

Rub petroleum jelly around the cut edges of the pumpkin.

Lighting and Displaying Carved Pumpkin

Use an LED light for a fire-safe alternative.

Put your pumpkin out on display.

Soak your pumpkin in cold water if it starts to shrivel.