How do I carve a pumpkin for the Halloween decoration?

With this amount, I take part in the blog parade, Halloween: Party or nightmare by Verena and Tamara .

Halloween is coming soon and of course, as every year on this day, spooky, glowing pumpkin paws will be on our doorstep.

On our evening walks, we like to admire the scary grimaces of the masterpieces that made imaginative pumpkin carvers for his garden. We think it's really nice that this American tradition has become established in Germany as well.

Today it was time for us, we had a lot of fun carving our pumpkins for the Halloweendeko, which we bought last week.

But before it's time to carve a nasty grin into the pumpkin for Halloween decoration, it must first be prepared!

The first thing to do is to cut out the lid with a sharp knife. We did it in a star shape because we like it better, but of course it's also around. When doing so, keep the knife slightly slanted so that the lid will not fall into it later.

By hand, I prefer to wear gloves that remove sticky fibers and seeds from the pumpkin. Then you can scrape the pulp until the pumpkin is thin enough to let the light shine through. We will take a normal spoon, but of course there are also special tools or scrapers to buy.

Then you have to clean the pumpkin and wipe dry inside and out!

Now the pumpkin for the Halloweendeko gets his grinning grin!

There are no limits to the imagination and according to your mood you can create real works of art. You paint the motif yourself, or simply print out finished coloring pages, which you then only have to cut out. Then you stick it with tape on the pumpkin and draws the lines that will be cut later, with a black waterproof pen after.

Now the template is removed again and you can start with the carving. To do this, cut along the painted lines with a sharp knife or with a small carving knife. So then creates the desired scary face that was previously selected.

Spraying the pumpkin inside and out with hair lacquer makes it a little bit more durable and it does not shrivel up that fast.

Now put in the tealights and the ghastly, grimacing drawing pumpkin face is ready!

What do I do with the dissolved pumpkin meat?

Such a pumpkin face is great as Halloweendeko, of course, but what do I do with the inner life?

There are many pumpkin courts in the US, such as Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Latte and Pumpkin Pancakes. The basis for these American dishes is usually an unseasoned pumpkin puree that is very easy to make and you can also freeze well.

Pumpkin puree ideal for many dishes!

Pumpkin puree can be made quickly, with few ingredients.
Cook the peeled pumpkin pieces softly in a little water, pour into a strainer to drain and then place in a bowl. Now puree with a blender
and the basis for many pumpkin dishes is ready, which you can freeze or cook.
If you have an appetite for pumpkin soup, pumpkin muffins or just use it as a side dish for pancakes you just have to refine it and save yourself a lot of work. I refined a portion with some butter, cream and nutmeg and made pancakes.

You also do not have to dispose of the cores!

My daughter-in-law dries and roasts the pumpkin seeds in a pan, removes the skin and uses them, for example, for soups and salads as a topping or simply chews them pure.


  • THANKS for the tips, I'll give it a try ;-)!

  • Hello Sigrid,
    that's really a great contribution. I only worked on a pumpkin once and that did not go well 😀

    Love Linni

  • My cousin also brought a carving set from the barracks! That was great. One does not trust the cutlery, that it is so sharp and works so great ... and the templates were also great and special. The Americans know stop wise 😉

  • New attempt 🙁
    I do it with the pumpkins when painting actually exactly the same 🙂 I used to like to carve pumpkins, but unfortunately my little brother has since my desire more on it. He is already too tall and "grown up" hehe
    Dearest greetings,
    Heidi of

  • Nice post with great ideas. So far, I have always disposed of the seeds quite carelessly. This time I will try to roast them! Also, the tip with the hair coat is great! Thank you for that <3

  • Dear Sigrid,

    As every year, there will be a Halloween party for the kids again (and every time I swear that I do not do this anymore) ... Of course we also have pumpkins ... but only painted because I have such a respect for carving. But maybe I'll try it. Yours look great!

    best regards

  • Dear sigrid, I really wonder how you managed to carve the pumpkin. all the pumpkins I tried to peel here were so hard that I had to work with a wedge knife like an ax hehe. Just yesterday tried to share a spaghetti pumpkin and that was a huge challenge.
    Carol Karolina

    • Really, it was really easy with a sharp spoon, I've let my husband do that ... laugh. He has more power than me!
      best regards

  • I do not like Halloween, but I like the pumpkins. I like to make pumpkin soup. Have a nice sunday.

    LG Jasmine

  • Very cool instructions. Thanks for that. It also feels good that none of this ends up in the bin, that's how it has to be.

  • I immediately passed it on to my daughter. Because she wanted to try it herself this year. With your step by step instructions it will be easier for her. Let's see what comes out of it.
    Best regards, Selda.

  • I think it's great to carve pumpkins.
    Only the content is disgusting and not my taste at all?

  • for me the most beautiful of all AMILAND traditions is ... consuming enormous quantities of finest BOURBON whiskey ...

    if you do that excessively ... you find all the other traditions ... eventually ... TOTAL COOL ... 😎

    • Such a whiskey with coke would be nice too. I'm more into Southern Comfort or Mister Jack Daniel's!

      • * Southern with Ginger * was the trendy drink in my former clique ... and I came to it only after 2 years ... to see how much "turns" the stuffy stuff has ... 😳

        unFUCKINGfassbar ... that our driver's licenses survived this time ...

        None of us took the swiss seriously ...

        from * volume * ago ... I could have stayed at Chivas with Coke ...

        • Oh yes, Chivas with Coke is also something fine, you bring me just the taste!

          • I drank that earlier like water ... oh what am I saying ... I've been brushing my teeth with water ... 😎

            some only knew me by the nickname * CHIVAS * ... they did not know ... as my name really was ...

            This year, I still pull the abstinence through completely ... but 2018 I would like to move away again with good people 'a lot of good stuff ...

            2 - 3 excesses will not kill me ... and if it does ... I'm sure to die ... as a satisfied man ... 🙂

          • You do not have much time left, there are only eight weeks left. Meanwhile, I treat myself one, or two .... Prost!

          • HIGH NOON ... just the right time ... for a drink ...

            very much for ... drink one for me with ... 😎

  • This looks great and very nice contribution ☺️

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    As a kid I always carved pumpkins 🙂
    That was the highlight for me in October. In the meantime I do not do it any more, because there is no option to place the pumpkins in my current flat. Too bad, but I have some small decorative pumpkins for decoration in the living room 🙂

    Greetings Anni from

  • I like to make pumpkins until today and decorate our entrance. I always take our ice cream spoon to make it 😀 It is very stable 😉

    Greetings Nadine

    • I have already done that but I could not find this time just. I would like to know where it has stayed, but I am laying many of my things.
      Sometimes I'm so horny and everything has to go fast, fast. I find them again in the most impossible places ... laugh.
      best regards

  • Well that comes just in time 😉

  • These are really good tips love Sigrid 🙂
    carving my pumpkin last time was really long ago, but that is not completely harmless

    a nice Halloween,
    ❤ Tina from

    • That's right, dear Tina, one should not let children do it. You can just paint them, like my little grandson in California.
      best regards

  • My son also wanted to do one, but unfortunately the time was not up for it. However, we have tinkered for Halloween and that's what ^^. Yours look really scary 🙂

    All the best

  • pity, carving a pumpkin I wanted to eig also like. Unfortunately, it did not fit in time: /
    LG *


  • Decoration and delicious food at the same time? I say yes! Thanks for your tips 🙂

  • That sounds so easy to you. But anyone who ever wanted to share a pumpkin has noticed how difficult it is. Since my husband has always ran. Our plant produced 3 fruits this year. All are processed into delicious soups.
    LG, Nati

    • So far I have not shared any, I just scraped and used the inside. I think I would try a saw if I had to do it.
      Love sweeties

  • Super cool guide. Thanks for that!
    Although we do not celebrate Halloween, carving pumpkin is still fun with the kids. Especially if there is a good pumpkin cream soup afterwards.

    Best regards, Nicoletta

  • I do not dare to do that! Get the pumpkins just so roughly small for cooking. Find your guide still great! Maybe I just miss a really good knife 😉
    best regards

  • We just painted the pumpkin out of sheer time pressure and put a candle next to it. More professional again next year, I promise.

  • Great contribution. I honestly have never carved a pumpkin 🙂 but now I know how 🙂 think it's great that Halloween has come to Switzerland.

  • Somehow we did not make it this year, but last year we also carved pumpkins with the kids. It was a lot of work, but the result is great.

    All the best


  • I got two pumpkins from my niece and my nephew this year - otherwise there would not have been any here with us. I did not know the trick with the hairspray yet - thanks for that, I'll definitely remember for next year!

    best regards

  • So great 🙂 Halloween unfortunately just passed me this year 🙂 I've been in Bali for a few weeks and there are Halloween parties but no pumpkins and certainly no carving pumpkin. But this will be done next year 😉

  • Hi I know this super carved pumpkin, I really think this is a very nice idea. We have always let our imagination run free. These were only half as beautiful as yours. Now I know this secret too. Greetings and a nice weekend Alex from

  • Thanks for the nice contribution!
    I have always carved the pumpkins freehand, but the template is a really good and above all practical idea! 🙂

    All the best,

  • Hey my love!
    A great contribution, I think, above all, that you have used everything in this pumpkin. A great example, that one does not always throw away "waste"!

    Best regards!

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    Hi Sigrid,
    I must confess that I have never carved a Halloween pumpkin. They always look so great. The way you describe it, it does not sound so complicated. Maybe next year I'll dare to get started and carve one.
    LG Melli

  • ohh that's really cool! and they look really great! Unfortunately, it was totally planned to carve a pumpkin this year, too 😉

    ❤ Tina from

  • A great guide, I remember smoothly for the next year
    Best regards, Kay.

  • He looks really nice scary, has become great <3. I have not carved pumpkins for ages, meanwhile I only think about food when I see a pumpkin: D. They also taste so good: P.

    But I'm also a big Halloween fan and think it's great that it is celebrated in this country bigger.

  • Thanks, that has interested me for a long time. We are not so attached to the tradition of Halloween, so your guide is just right.
    All the best

  • Hello, oh what a great contribution. This week I will carve with my daughter from a few pumpkins, as the article comes as called. Greetings, Claudia #ilovehalloween

  • Super cool! My friend also carved a car for me last year and I thought the SOOOOO was great <3 For this one will never find myself too old, yes.

    Love from,
    Anni from

  • Well that fits wonderfully to my new post. Only I did not carve - I painted. Your tips are also great and easy to copy.

    Many greetings to you

  • Thanks for the great instructions. Ours are usually not so nice and mold pretty fast, when they are at the door.
    best regards
    Anja from

  • a great tutorial! Personally, I do not do that much out of Halloween decoration, but my Ma is right there in the front ... just because of the grandchildren 🙂

    Best regards too,
    ❤ Tina from

  • It is our tradition to hollow out pumpkins and to give them faces. My husband is the best, he has a great skill.

    Greetings, Bea.

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