Everyone loves to carve pumpkins at Halloween. Most of us, even though we can envision the perfect pumpkin design in our heads, probably needs lots of help turning that perfect tableau into a beautifully carved pumpkin. Luckily for my wife and me, our kids taught us that making a Mona Lisa out of a pumpkin at Halloween wasn’t the point. The point is to just have fun making a face or spooky design out of a vegetable with your family.
If you are picky about your pumpkin designs there are several websites that can help. Some offer printouts that you can place over the pumpkin so you can trace a design into them. Still more have videos about how to carve the perfect pumpkin and the tools you’ll need. Here’s a quick guide to the best websites about carving a jack o’ lantern out of a pumpkin.
Dawn of the Zombie Pumpkins is a fantastic website that has both goofy and scary designs. Currently there are over 200 templates you can print off yourself. All you need are the proper tools and you can be a carving wonder in minutes. Make sure to check out their hundreds of photos from some very good pumpkins. Zombie Pumpkins does require a fee to join but some of the patterns are top notch.
The Pumpkin Wizard also is a subscription service. Again, the pumpkin patterns are fantastic and come from some of the top pumpkin artists in the world. For $7.95 you can have access to any of the nearly 400 members-only patterns.
Websites with tips and tricks for carving pumpkins are everywhere. Earlier I was only kidding about the Mona Lisa but Jay from PumpkinGlow.com actually has a Mona Lisa carved into a pumpkin. His tips and techniques to take your pumpkin carving to the next level are both practical and beautiful. His likenesses of Hollywood stars and personalities are uncanny.
Even if you can’t compare to some of the best professional pumpkin carvers you can still improve your game. Trying either of these websites plus any other links will certainly help. Your local retailer will have pumpkin carving kits in stores even if their tools are flimsy and break easily (personal experience).
The most important thing to do when carving a pumpkin is to bring your own personal touch to the process and have fun. After that, nothing else matters.