13 Must-Have Pumpkin Carving Tools for a Perfect Jack-o'-Lantern

These tools are all you need to create a classic Halloween decoration!

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September 29, 2021

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There's nothing more classic than a Halloween Jack-O'-Lantern. Whether you've been carving since you were a kid or are a total newbie, having the right tools can make all the difference between a front porch showstopper or a total Pinterest fail. (We've all been there!) Before you get to carving this year, here are the scoops, slicers and cute add-ons you need to make your pumpkins one-of-a-kind.


For a one-stop pumpkin carving kit, the 13-piece set has you covered. The tools are made for the task and come sized for inside-the-pumpkin work. Plus, the carrying case makes it easy to keep all the tools together year after year.

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If you're not the best freehand artist, cookie cutters are an ideal way to ensure your carved pumpkins turn out beautifully. This set comes with three shapes that are perfect for smaller-sized pumpkins. For even more cookie cutter ideas, check out these designs from Food Network Magazine.

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You know those pumpkins you see that look professionally carved sitting on your neighbors stoop? They were made with stencils. Seriously impress your trick-or-treaters with an intricate design. You can find loads of free, printable templates for pumpkin carving online, like at our sister site HGTV.

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You won't have to worry about whether or not you're cutting within the lines of your traced design if you use dry erase markers. These fine-point ones will let you trace your design on your pumpkin with ease and if you can still see some of your lines once you're done carving, just wipe it right off.

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Using an ice cream scoop to dig out the guts of your pumpkin is a pretty tried-and-true trick, but if you want to really ease your effort, try an ice cream spade instead. It's not so rounded and has a bigger surface area and a bit of a sharper edge. It'll work well to scrape the insides off the walls of your pumpkin and make pulling the guts out a little easier.

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If you're an amature sculptor with some tools lying around, put them to use on your pumpkin. This basic set is made for sculpting clay but it also works great for the fine details of your pumpkin masterpiece. And even if you're no clay master, you'll have some tools to start a new hobby once Halloween is over.

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If you plan on using a stencil for your pumpkin, you're going to need some good scraping and gouging tools to do the job. Some of the more intricate ones have several different layers of shading and using linoleum cutters like these will make the work go so much quicker.

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Ok, this one isn't technically for carving your pumpkin. It's for your pumpkin seeds! Don't let those delcious little snacks go to waste. Separate them from the guts, rinse them off and pop them on a nonstick cookie sheet for the best fall treat. Get more details on roasting them here.

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You know all those projects you have that would be made so much easier with a good drill? Yeah, well, in October pumpkin carving moves to the top of the list. You can make the prettiest jack-o-lantern just by drilling holes into your pumpkin. Let your imagination run wild in polka-dot designs of all kinds.

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The makers at Dremel must've caught wind that people were using their rotary tools for pumpkin carving because they made one just for that purpose. It's not as powerful or as fast as the wood carving tool, which makes it just right for pumpkins. Plus it costs way less, so if you're using it for a once-a-year task, this is the way to go.

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Once you've got your perfectly (or imperfectly) carved pumpkin done and ready to sit on your doorstep, help it last longer with this simple trick. Protect the cut surfaces of your pumpkin with a light swipe of petroleum jelly. It will slow down the decaying effects of oxygen by creating a protective barrier.

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Put thoughts of fire-related accidents at bay by using battery-operated twinkle lights in your pumpkin instead of tea candles. Once Halloween is over, you can use them to decorate anywhere that could use a little sparkle. Plus, you won't have to worry about relighting candles if this All Hallow's Eve is a windy one.

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For smaller carved pumpkins, a simple tea light is all you need. These are battery-operated and are ideal for pumpkin-lined driveways and paths.

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