There are a few quintessential elements of Halloween: costumes, candy, and, of course, pumpkin carving. Whether you want to create an old-school Jack-O-Lantern or would prefer something new and trendy, there are lots of ideas to inspire you. With just a little bit of creativity, you’ll have a pumpkin that will look fantastic sitting on your front porch to greet trick-or-treaters.
Cookie Cutter Pumpkins
Carving pumpkins with a knife is too advanced for some of the younger members of your family. To help your little ones join in on the fun, try using cookie cutters to cut shapes into your pumpkin. After cleaning the seeds out of your pumpkin, pick a large cutter with a fairly simple design, place it on your pumpkin, and use a hammer or mallet to drive the cutter into the pumpkin’s flesh. Tap gently but firmly to avoid breakage.
Perhaps you want to use pumpkins to decorate for a grown-up Halloween party or, maybe you just prefer outdoor décor that is more glam the ghostly. To give your pumpkins some fabulous flair, try using white pumpkins instead of traditional orange. Then carve beautiful floral designs or simply cut off the top of the pumpkin and place flowers inside, creating a lovely vase. You can also skip the carving altogether and opt for painting your pumpkin. Black, gold, and silver paint are all very chic; use rhinestones to create spider webs or other creepy-cool shapes.
Take a trip down memory lane and revisit your elementary school days by creating a diorama pumpkin. Simply clean out your pumpkin and cut a square window one side. Then, let your imagination run wild and create a scene inside by adding paint, natural objects, craft supplies, or small toys. Anything from a haunted house, a spooky graveyard, or a fairy garden is fair game for this pumpkin. Don’t forget to place a battery operated light behind your scene to make everything pop. This is great for young children because they can help create the scene without using sharp tools.
For the astronomy lover, a pumpkin that mimics the night sky is the perfect Halloween decoration. After cleaning out your pumpkin, spray paint the exterior black. Then, print out constellation patterns featuring your favorite heavenly bodies. Use a drill for the stars and a chisel to create lines connecting the points. Add a candle and you’re good to go!
Pumpkins For Your Fish
Many pet owners don’t realize that Halloween is the favorite holiday of most fish. Imagine the disappointment your aquatic friends feel when they get left out of the celebration! Give your goldfish or beta something to get excited about this Halloween by creating a temporary habitat out of a pumpkin. Cut an opening in the top of the pumpkin large enough to allow you to place the fishbowl inside. Before installing Goldie in her new digs, cut decorative shapes into the pumpkin. Drill plenty of air holes in the top of the pumpkin, lining them up to look like air bubbles. Don’t forget to add some Halloween themed items to the fishbowl itself! Place the bowl inside and replace the top to create a fabulous Halloween for your fishy friend. In order to protect the well-being of your pet, monitor the pumpkin and the bowl carefully for signs of spoilage or other problems.
When it comes to carving pumpkins, there is no reason to stick with the same old Jack-O-Lantern face. Get creative, add some paint, and break out the power tools so that you have the best pumpkin on the block!