How To Carve Cartoon Character Pumpkins

How To Carve Cartoon Character Pumpkins

When I was little we always carved pumpkins.  I wanted special glowing pumpkins to light up our porch.  Luckily Dad has always been rather talented at drawing and other artistic endeavors.  I also distinctly remember he could color incredible well.  Maybe we should pick up some coloring books!  Dad’s untapped talent meant he was up for the pumpkin carving challenge.

Of course, I didn’t want any ordinary jack-o-lanterns.  I wanted my favorite cartoon characters carved into giant squash.  Dad did not disappoint, creating characters ranging from Mickey Mouse to Winnie the Pooh to Pikachu.  Clearly I’m dating myself here!  As I grew older, the tradition faded away.

How To Carve Cartoon Character Pumpkins

How To Carve Cartoon Character Pumpkins

But it was resurrected this year and I so wish it had never gone away.  The pumpkins are adorable.  And the good news is, it’s easy to carve your own cartoon character pumpkins!

First, you have to choose characters.  This year, I chose Hello Kitty and Dory from Finding Nemo.  I printed pictures from the Internet which Dad then drew simplified, pumpkin friendly versions of.  You could probably print big versions of pictures and use those, if you’re more like me than Dad and aren’t very crafty.

How To Carve Cartoon Character Pumpkins

How To Carve Cartoon Character Pumpkins

Then it’s time to cut the top off the pumpkin and clean out all the pumpkin guts and seeds.  Save the seeds, clean them off, and roast them for a yummy post-carving treat!  You’ll deserve it, as it is a bit of a workout carving into those thick pumpkins.

Then you can either tape the picture to the pumpkin or if you’re as talented as Dad you can draw a version of it directly on the pumpkin.  If you tape the picture on you’ll need to use the special tool in your pumpkin carving kit to create an imprint in the pumpkin.

How To Carve Cartoon Character Pumpkins

How To Carve Cartoon Character Pumpkins

How To Carve Cartoon Character Pumpkins

Then it’s time for carving.  Follow the lines and carve out pieces.  Just make sure to be strategic so the pumpkin doesn’t break or cave in on itself.  Once the carving is done, place a candle, preferably flameless for safety reasons, inside the pumpkin and stand back and admire your work.  This is a really fun tradition to start.  I’m already planning next year!

How To Carve Cartoon Character Pumpkins

How To Carve Cartoon Character Pumpkins

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Comments

  1. This is such a great idea! I love the Hello Kitty pumpkin!

  2. Fran says:

    I used to carve pumpkins with my kids when they were young, but it’s been quite a few years now since I’ve had a pumpkin-carving workout! We stuck to traditional jack-o-lantern faces; I love your idea of cartoon characters, however. Like you, they would have chosen Pikachu and Winnie the Pooh (and possible a Power Ranger) back in the day! 🙂
    –Fran

  3. How fun! I love carving pumpkins!

  4. OMG–soooo adorable!!

  5. James says:

    So cute! I need to get on top of my pumpkin carving this weekend. I can’t decide if I want to paint or carve…maybe both 🙂

  6. Hahah, I’m loving the Hello Kitty. I haven’t carved a pumpkin in ages, but this is a good motivation to do so! Plus, think of all those seeds to be roasted…

  7. Joanne says:

    I have negligible artistic ability so I am pretty impressed at your carving skillz!!

  8. You know, maybe this year I will finally try this!
    You’ve given me great motivation!!

  9. Jessica Gappy says:

    I still have to get and carve ours – I am so far behind this year! These turned out incredible! Great job!!!!

  10. mookies says:

    Very good ideas, love the Hello Kitty pumpkin! While in Greece not our custom is great decoration for Halloween
    Kisses

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