How To Carve A Pumpkin

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This is the best post on how to carve a pumpkin! We bring you the top ten videos on how to carve a pumpkin and also let you know where to find cool and free pumpkin carving stencils as well as great pumpkin pie recipes.

When Halloween comes, there is one skill that you definitely want to have–pumpkin carving skill. For some of us who have an artist within, this is a no-brainer. However, for others (like me!), carving a pumpkin is not an innate skill. Fortunately, there is hope for us who did not exit the womb with artistic abilities. As I wrote in the post How To Learn How To Draw, we can find our “artist within” even if we don’t think that we have an artist within.

So, as I always strive to bring you the best how to videos and articles, my effort today is focused solely on bringing you the best how to videos on how to carve a pumpkin so that you will not have to search endlessly for cool pumpkin carving videos. Also, after the video section, I will also bring you some great places to get free pumpkin carving stencils. Really, why create from scratch when we can find great pumpkin carving templates on the Internet?

Also, since we will have many Halloween pumpkins about, it’s also a great time to view some pumpkin pie recipes so we’ll find some recipes for pumpkin pie that will knock you out.

So, without further ado, let’s get started with the best pumpkin carving videos.

How To Carve A Pumpkin Videos

Below, you will find the best pumpkin carving videos the Internet has to offer. I have reviewed each of the videos and provide a summary just under the link. To watch the videos, simply click the link and the pumpkin carving video will appear in its own window.

After watching these, you’ll have the confidence to win the pumpkin carving contest at your Halloween party.

How To Carve a Pumpkin

This video from HowCast earns the number one spot on our top list of pumpkin carving videos. At just 3 minutes, this video instructs us step-by-step on how to carve a pumpkin using a drawing or a free pumpkin stencil. This video introduces you to things that you may not even know you need…like salt and a baking sheet. Did you know that you need these to carve your pumpkin? If you watch this video, you’ll know why.

Pumpkin Carving Tips for Halloween

Oh, my gosh…I have rarely seen someone get so enthused about pumpkin carving. This video from Howdini is presented by Liz Winsted. As she starts off the video, she says that “pumpkin carving is something you either love or dread” which is true, but if you are someone who dreads pumpkin carving, Liz may change you. Her pumpkin carving enthusiasm is infectious. This video takes you from choosing the pumpkin, scooping out the goo, then using a stencil to carve the perfect pumpkin. Definitely a how to carve a pumpkin video worth watching!

How to Carve a Killer Pumpkin with Leah D’Emilio

When we watch a how to video, one of the main things that makes or breaks a video is the presenter. In this case, the video is absolutely made by the presenter, Lean D’Emilio. If you are a guy, this video is for you–Lean is extremely hot! Plus, this video is a very informative video containing all of the pumpkin carving skills that you will need to learn to carve the perfect pumpkin. At just under 5 minutes, it’s definitely a go-to how to carve a pumpkin video.

Pumpkin Carving Tips with Jack–The EveryMan

If you want instructions from someone who is a lot like you and me, this is the video that you want to watch. Presented by Jack and found on, you will be able to relate to these every man pumpkin carving tips. Like us, Jack is not perfect but he will show you how to carve the near-perfect pumpkin.

How to Carve a Pumpkin with Rachel Edelman always has quality, straightforward videos. They often are not infused with the “character” of other places, but they always provide on-topic how to videos in an understandable way. At only 3 minutes, this how to carve a pumpkin video takes you through what you need to know to carve a pumpkin. If time is short, check it out!

How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin : How to Carve Halloween Pumpkins

These pumpkin carving tips are presented to us by Shanna from Expert Village. It’s a bland video, but it teaches you solid pumpkin carving strategies in under 2 minutes.

How To Pick The Perfect Pumpkin

One of the things that often goes overlooked is the actual act of picking the best pumpkin. It stands to reason…you can’t carve a great pumpkin without starting with the proper pumpkin. This 4 minute video tells you how to choose the best pumpkin.

How To Carve The Pumpkin

This video follows the last one. After picking the perfect pumpkin, presenter Lisa Berberette (who has dedicated her entire existence to pumpkin carving!), teaches you how to carve the perfect pumpkin. At just over 5 minutes, you may want to listen to Lisa as she seems to spend all idol time pumpkin carving.

How To Light a Pumpkin

After you have picked the perfect pumpkin and carved it beautifully, you still have to get the candle in and light it. A perfectly carved pumpkin which is imperfectly lit is not going to win you the competition. Learn how to light your pumpkin properly right now!

How to carve an award winning pumpkin

Many of you will be going to pumpkin carving parties where they will dole out awards to the best carved pumpkin. If you want to be in the game, watch this video from Michael Coffing who is a “pumpkin carving enthusiast”. Who knew? Anyway, learn from Michael the master if you want to learn how to carve a pumpkin that will win your contest.

A Fun Pumpkin Carving Video

This is a bonus video and not officially part of the top ten pumpkin carving videos. This video is presented by two guys who seem as if they walked right off the set of Wayne’s World. At 10 minutes, it’s a fun and informative how to carve a pumpkin video.

Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Though it is possible to carve your pumpkin according to your own drawings, most of us will want to create our pumpkin carving from a stencil. Here are 3 sites from which you can download and print free pumpkin carving stencils.

DLTK’s Holiday Activities for Kids | Pumpkin Carving Patterns: This page has many stencils that you can print for free found at the bottom of the page. When you click the pumpkin stencil links, you will see ads at the top of the page (drag the line to make them disappear) and then print out the graphic which has instructions on how to use the free pumpkin carving stencil.

Pumpkin Lady Pumpkin Patterns: These free pumpkin patterns come from the Pumpkin Lady. Beware, they seem like they cost money. However, at the bottom of many of the pumpkin stencil pages, you will find the free pumpkin carving stencils.

Free Printable Pumpkin Carving Patterns: This is the best page of free pumpkin carving stencils. It is easy to use without ads in every singe corner. For unique and free pumpkin stencils, check this out.

And finally, to make your Halloween complete, check out all of these great pumpkin pie recipes!

How To Carve A Pumpkin: Summary

This page has been dedicated to that timeless Halloween event of pumpkin carving. We have endeavored to find all of the best how to carve a pumpkin videos and bring them to you all in one place.

We hope this page serves you well in your Halloween pumpkin carving adventures and perhaps, for a few of you, gives you the tools to go to that Halloween party and bring home the top prize in the pumpkin carving contest!

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