23 Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Kids

Cookie monster pumpkin
Lillies and Loafers

Carving a pumpkin is to Halloween as stuffing a stocking is to Christmas: you simply can't fully embrace the spooky spirit of the holiday without a glowing jack-o'-lantern on your doorstep. It's also a great way to bring the family together for an activity that appeals to all ages and allowing your child to decorate a pumpkin encourages individuality and creativity. Once you've selected the perfect pumpkin, we've rounded up 24 pumpkin carvings that are just right for kids. 

From easy-to-do designs that your older children can try on their own to more difficult options where you can take the lead, these pumpkins will inspire you to get out there and start carving.  

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    Use Glow-in-the-Dark Teeth

    Pumpkin with teeth
    Kavanaugh Dentistry via Pinterest

    We love this incredibly easy pumpkin, made even better with a set of glow-in-the-dark fangs. You'll want to pick a smaller pumpkin to accommodate the teeth, but this is a great idea for a beginner carver. Simply carve a rectangle to hold the teeth, add a few push pins for eyes and you have a very mouthy jack-o'-lantern. 

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    Try a Diorama

    Diorama pumpkin with a fox
    <a href="http://www.hellolidy.com/diy-triangular-pumpkin-diorama/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow"> hellolidiy</a>

    This is a great idea that gives your kid a bit more hands-on time. Simply carve and cut out a hole in your pumpkin and allow your kids to use their imaginations to create a whole world inside. Use plastic figurines, moss, leaves and more to create a magical pumpkin diorama. 

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    A Simple Owl Pumpkin

    Owl pumpkin
    Woodanemone via Tumblr

    This adorable owl is a fun twist on a simple jack-o'-lantern. Depending on your kid's age, you should do the carving, but this is an incredibly easy design that will delight any child. 

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    Cookie Cutter Pumpkins

    Pumpkin cookie cutters
    17 Apart

    One very simple–but totally adorable–way to decorate a pumpkin is to dig into your cookie supplies. Let your child pick out his or her favorite cutters, arrange them on the pumpkin and use a mallet to help cut through the rind. Even if you end up with some Christmas-themed pumpkins, the final product will be adorable.

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    A Toothy Grin

    pumpkin with toothpicks
    happywallpaper.org via Pinterest

    If your children are into the spookier pumpkin ideas, this toothy carving is the perfect inspiration. Gather up toothpicks and let your kids add a scary grin to any eerie jack-o'-lantern template.

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    Polka Dot Pumpkins

    Polka dot pumpkins
    <a href="http://www.craftynest.com/2008/10/pumpkins-carved-with-a-drill/" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow"> Crafty Nest </a>

    This fun pumpkin carving uses an electric drill or a simple kitchen corer. Give your kid a marker and let him or her create a fun polka dot design on the pumpkin. Complete the look by drilling or coring out the design, and voila! 

  • 07 of 23

    Me Want Cookie

    Cookie monster pumpkin
    Lillies and Loafers

    Every school-aged kid will love this adorable Cookie Monster pumpkin. A much more kid-friendly take on the wildly popular vomiting pumpkin, this Cookie Monster is super easy to make and a lot of fun. To recreate it, simply grab a pair of ping pong balls for the eyes, some blue paint and cut out a mouth. Add a few ​delicious cookies (bonus dessert in this one!) and your kids will be thrilled.  ​

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    Bert and Ernie Pumpkins

    bert and ernie pumpkins
    atomica.com via Pinterest

    We absolutely adore these "Sesame Street" pumpkins for any school-aged kid. They're pretty simple to recreate (gather up a printed template, some yellow paint, and a few veggie noses) and your kids will adore them. Just add a rubber ducky to complete the look. 

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    A Nosy Pumpkin

    pumpkin with a long nose
    <a href="http://witchisland.blogspot.com/2010/10/happy-halloween-everybody.html" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1" rel="nofollow"> the witch&#39;s island </a>

    This hilarious carving flips a pumpkin over to give it a little more dimension. Make your next trip to the pumpkin patch a scavenger hunt for the "nosiest" pumpkin stem, and recreate this easy, long-nosed jack-o'-lantern. 

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    A Delicious Idea

    pumpkin with lollipop hair
    Women's Day

    For a kid-friendly pumpkin that's surprisingly multi-purposed, try this lollipop head. Once you and your family have created a fun jack-o'-lantern, poke small holes to accommodate the lollipop hair and you'll have a pumpkin everyone will love. 

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    An Apple a Day ...

    apple core pumpkin
    Hative via Pinterest

    Some of our favorite fall recipes combine apple and pumpkin, so it's only natural we adore this pumpkin idea. It's super easy to recreate by carving most of the pumpkin out to make a core. Bonus: You'll have a lot of pumpkin leftover for delicious recipes. 

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    Be a Little Silly

    Pumpkin with hair and a tongue
    Ladyface Blog

    This pumpkin carving is a little more difficult, but every kid (and every kid at heart) will love it. Use a second pumpkin to create this fun guy's shaggy hair and tongue, layering them together. 

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    Try a Pirate Ship

    Ship pumpkin
    erindean via Pinterest

    If your kids love model airplanes and boats, they'll love this pumpkin carving idea. Once you've cut out the pieces, your children can construct the sails and details. For a carving this exposed, you'll want to be sure to preserve your pumpkin so it doesn't rot before Halloween. 

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    An Tribute to Your Kid's Favorite Book

    harry pottery pumpkin
    @dramione_forever / Instagram

    A healthy love of reading is a great thing to foster in a child. This "Harry Potter" pumpkin is a great jumping off point, but any book your child loves will do. An online template will make this slightly more advanced carving a little easier.  

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    A Whale of a Good Time

    A whale pumpkin
    Simply Emily

    Blogger Simply Emily sketched and carved a simple whale tail on a pumpkin for this fun, kid-friendly carving. If you want to honor your child's favorite animal, focusing on a defining feature (say, a dog's paw) can make this carving a lot easier. 

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    Gotta Catch 'Em All

    Pokemon Pumpkins
    @scotrogers / Instagram

    If your child is obsessed with Pokémon Go, you'll want to save this pumpkin idea. Now that you've got Halloween down, it may be time to start thinking about a Poké​mon Christmas. 

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    An Adorable Fish Pumpkin

    Fish pumpkin
    123topgallery.com via Pinterest

    This is another fun pumpkin idea that turns the traditional jack-o'-lantern on its side. Whether you already have a tank of fish at home or you're just looking for a fun, whimsical pumpkin idea this goldfish idea is a great choice for kids of all ages. 

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    Let It Go

    Frozen pumpkin
    hilllucas / Reddit

    If you have every single song from "Frozen" memorized, we're sure your child will love this pumpkin carving idea. An online template will be your best bet to recreating this for your child, but we guarantee it will be a hit. 

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    A Cat Pumpkin

    cat pumpkin carving
    Ladyface Blog

    If you're more of a cat family than a dog family, this is the pumpkin for you. Help your child celebrate your feline friend with an easy-to-do pumpkin you can carve together in an afternoon. 

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    More of a Dog Person?

    a dog pumpkin
    Becky Layman / The Flower Family

    If you believe a dog is a kid's best friend, honor that special bond with a pup-themed pumpkin. We love the idea of adding a few toothpicks to easily create whiskers. 

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  • 21 of 23

    A No-Carve Yoda Pumpkin

    Yoda pumpkin
    Mama Bear Bedtime Books

    A kid-friendly pumpkin doesn't have to be carved! This no-carve pumpkin idea is great for your little "Star Wars" fan. Paint Yoda's face onto a pumpkin, add a stuffed, Jedi Master-approved body and you'll have a pumpkin even Darth Vader will envy. Here are even more no-carve ideas if you need more inspiration. 

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    Stay Simple With a Happy Pumpkin

    A happy pumpkin
    Josh Larios / Flicker / CC BY-SA 2.0

    Here's a simple jack-o'-lantern that won't scare the little kids. The wider the smile, the better when it comes to creating a delightfully happy pumpkin this year. 

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    A Pumpkin Snowman

    a pumpkin snowman

    Who says snowmen are only for winter? Channel your kid's inner Olaf and stack a few different-sized pumpkins to create a fun snow pumpkin.