Oct 17, 2012

Pumpkin Carving Party Essentials

By Belinda Romano

The pumpkin patches have sprouted up all over the place and the time to carve those Jack-O-Lanterns to life is finally here! This year, make your pumpkin carving tradition a little more memorable by hosting a gathering at home with your closest friends and family. Want to make things even more exciting? Start the day (or evening) off with a pumpkin patch adventure, where party guests can roam about in search of the perfect pumpkin. Next, take the party home and treat everyone to a pumpkin feast and sweet treats before the carving fun begins! Check out our list of essentials to help you prepare for your pumpkin carving party this year!


Whether you pick yours out ahead of time or make a pumpkin patch visit a part of the party agenda, the first thing you and your guests will need are pumpkins!

Carving Tools

If you plan on making your jack-o-lantern the traditional way, you're going to need a carving saw, scraper scoop and drawing utensil -- such as a crayon or washable marker -- to get the job done. Pumpkin Masters Carving Party Kit, $13, available at Amazon.

Table Covering

Things are inevitably going to get messy, so whether you set up your carving station indoors or out, be sure to cover your working surface with newspaper or a disposable tablecloth for quick and easy clean-up afterwards. Orange Gingham Tablecloth Roll, $21, available at Oriental Trading.


One of the funnest (and messiest) parts of pumpkin carving is scooping out the insides, but you can keep things under control by placing the flesh, pulp and seeds inside large bowls. This will also make things easier if you plan on roasting the seeds afterwards. Set of 3 Non-Spill Nested Bowls with Non-Slip Bases, $20, available at Amazon.


LED tealights and string-light-wrapped jars are safe options for lighting up pumpkins, but if you plan on using real candles, be sure to place them inside a glass or votive holder, and never leave them unattended. Set of 12 Tealight Candles, $4, available at CB2.

Halloween Playlist

Get your party guests into the "spirit" of the season with a spooktacular playlist! From horror movie theme songs, to fun and classic Halloween hits, there's no better soundtrack for a pumpkin carving party. Amethyst iGhost Speaker Docking System, $70, available at Target.

Pumpkin Recipes

Make your pumpkin carving party a true ode to the big orange squash by serving up some delicious pumpkin-themed dishes and sweets for all your guests. The Great Little Pumpkin Cookbook, $7, available at Amazon.

Classic Movie

After the pumpkins have been carved and everyone's bellies have been filled, sit back, relax and enjoy a Halloween classic that's fun for everyone. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown DVD, $10, available at Amazon.

  • Pumpkin Carving Party Essentials
  • Pumpkins
  • Carving Tools
  • Table Covering
  • Bowls
  • Lighting
  • Halloween Playlist
  • Pumpkin Recipes
  • Classic Movie
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