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5 Spook-tacular Pumpkin Carving Ideas

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Published on - 19 October 2018

With Halloween fast approaching we have put together a list of our favourite spook-tacular pumpkin carving ideas for you to try.

If any of our pumpkins inspire you, be sure to post a photo on social and tag @TheValeResort; we’d love to see your designs! 

Pumpkin and pumpkin peel<Two carved pumpkin faces

1. One for the kids

Halloween is such an exciting time of year for children and it doesn’t get much more exciting than carving a pumpkin. So get the kids involved this October by choosing a design that’s quick and easy to carve. There are plenty of pumpkin templates that you can purchase and even child friendly pumpkin carving kits.

Painted pumpkinsPainted pumpkin with bouquet of flowers on top

2. The Pretty One

Ok so it’s not pumpkin carving but how pretty do these pumpkins look?
You can easily achieve this look by using acrylic paint or spray painting your pumpkin in the colour of your choice and adding some artificial flowers, or for a more creepy touch why not add some plastic spiders?
If you fancy something a little extra, carve a hole in the top of the pumpkin, slide in a plastic cup, fill with water and add a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Alternatively, skip the water and again add artificial flowers.

Lollipop pumkinWhite and orange lollipops

3. The Sweet One

This ones a great idea for keeping the trick or treaters from knocking at your door, but does include digging out your power tools. Start by carving a face into your pumpkin, this can be as basic or as intricate as you like, using a drill pierce small holes into the top of your pumpkin and add the lollipops to make the ‘hair’.

Pumpkins with holes inPumpkins on front porch

4. The Dotty One

A simple yet effective design, this pumpkin idea again requires a bit of DIY. Hollow out your pumpkin and slice the top to form a lid. Drill as many holes into your pumpkin as you like, for the best results vary the size and ensure you leave enough space so holes don’t overlap. Remove the top of the pumpkin and place a tea light or LED string light inside your pumpkin.

Vale logo and face pumpkinFace carved into pumpkin

5. The Vale Resort One

Our last pumpkins come from our Senior Guest Relations Manager, Harris, who gave us some fantastic tips that you can use for your pumpkin carving. Firstly, he suggests carving the bottom of the pumpkin instead of the top which will make it easier to get the insides out when hollowing your pumpkin. Doing this will also enable you to simply place the pumpkin on top of a tea light. After emptying your pumpkin you can save the seeds to plant and grow or toast them for a tasty snack!
Harris also suggests using kitchen cleaner with a bleach base on any cut or punctured edges to help keep the pumpkin fresh. But don’t worry he’s got a tip for getting rid of that bleach smell; simply sprinkle the inside of the pumpkin with cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin spice to achieve a wonderful seasonal scent.

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