Pumpkin-Carving Party Tips

Host a pumpkin-carving party of your own with these helpful party planning tips.

Jack-o'-lanterns on display in yard

Jack-O'-Lantern Display

Get spooky! Display the fun fruits of your pumpkin-carving bash and set your Halloween decor aglow.


  • Pick a date near Halloween to keep jack-o’-lanterns looking sharp for the big night.
  • Got kids? Start the carving in the afternoon, and give them paint sets, markers and stickers to decorate their pumpkins.
  • Make sure guests know how to use the tools properly. Show them, or read instructions aloud.
  • Carving is messy! Cover work surfaces with newspapers or a vinyl tablecloth.
  • Keep the menu simple. Organize a potluck, or serve finger food and snacks instead of a meal. One sweet option is an eerily easy Jack-O’-Lantern Cupcake.
  • Play Halloween-themed songs and burn pumpkin-pie-scented candles.
  • Just for fun, take a vote to determine the scariest, silliest and most artistic jack-o’-lanterns.
  • Fire up the pumpkins, using votives. Be sure to take a group photo for your Halloween scrapbook.

Click here to read about a family that’s turned a pumpkin-carving bash into a frightfully fun annual tradition.

Pumpkin-Carving Party Tips Photo by Cindy Syria and Sandy Manion.


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