Pumpkin Carving Party

Pumpkin carving party

A pumpkin carving party id a great seasonal theme for kids, adults, and families. Here’s how to host a pumpkin carving party with style! We’ll give you tips for setting up your party, as well as ideas for invitations, decorations, activities, food, and pumpkin carving tips.

Pumpkin Party Invitations

Sending great invitations by mail can make your guests feel special before the party even starts. You can either make your own invitations or send pre-made cards. Here are some ideas for both options:

Tiny Pumpkin Invitations — Write your party information on a pretty decorative tag and attach it with ribbon or raffia to the stem of a small pumpkin. Hand deliver these to your guests’ front doors for a special party invitation that can double as a festive fall table decoration.

Pumpkin Stencil Invitation — Download a free pumpkin carving stencil onto thick paper or cardstock. Write your party information around the stencil. You can send each guest a different stencil and ask them to bring their invitations to the party to share some inspiration for pumpkin carving ideas!

**General Invitation Tips**It’s a good idea to ask your guests to bring their pumpkins already cleaned out so that they are ready to go once they arrive at the party. This will also help minimize mess.

Here are some invitations that we love, available from Amazon.com:

Pumpkin Party Invitations

Setting Up Your Pumpkin Carving Party

pumpkin carving party
A pumpkin carving party is sure to be a lot of fun. Here are ideas for setting things up before your guests arrive to help ensure everything runs smoothly:If the weather is nice, consider starting your party in the afternoon and setting up tables for carving outdoors. Otherwise, the garage or kitchen are good spots that will be more easily cleaned after the carving is done.Welcome your guests to the party by lining your walkway with brown bags cut to make pumpkin luminaries and floating some pumpkin face balloons near your party entry.

Cover your tables and work spaces with kraft paper (available at your local craft supply shop) so clean up is a breeze. If you are working indoors you might also want to lay some paper down on the floor.Place large plastic-lined trashcans near work areas to dispose of pumpkin pieces.

Offer a selection of pumpkin carving stencils so that people can get inspiration for their pumpkin carving ideas.

Set out a selection of pencils and pumpkin carving tools so that everyone can keep busy. You might include some spoons, knives, apple corers, peelers, and even a drill bit for the bravest carvers.

Fill decorative bowls with tea lights that your guests can use to light up their finished masterpieces!

Keep bellies from rumbling by setting bowls filled with your favorite Halloween candies around the party area.

If you are inviting small children who might be too young to handle sharp tools, you might set up a table with some smaller pumpkins and paints so that they can get creative without the worry of injury.

Here are some party supplies that can make great additions to your pumpkin carving party:

Halloween Party Supplies
Pumpkin Tissue Poms
Pumpkin Tissue Poms
Halloween Decorating Kit
Halloween Decorating Kit
Trick & Treat Dinner Plates
Trick and Treat Tableware
Jack O' Lantern Chocolate Lollipops
Jack o’Lantern Chocolate Lollipops
Halloween Fabric Bunting
Halloween Fabric Bunting


Activities to Make Your Pumpkin Carving Party Special

pumpkin carving party contest


Play Some Music — Make a playlist of your favorite Halloween hits and keep ’em rolling all night. Here are some fun Halloween party albums:

Halloween Hootenanny

Halloween Hits

Halloween a Go-Go

Halloween Classics


Have a Pumpkin Carving Contest — Come up with lots of different categories so that you can award prizes to all your guests for their creative pumpkin carving ideas. You might include “scariest”, “funniest”, “happiest”, “most original”, etc.

Take a Pumpkin Group Photo — After everyone is done, dim the lights and light up all your newly-made Jack o’Lanterns for a group photo.

Show a Classic Halloween Movie — After the carving, let your guests relax and watch a Halloween favorite. If you invited children, consider showing It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. If you are looking for a scarier option, there are lots to choose from!

Food for a Pumpkin Carving Party

Here are some party food ideas perfect for a pumpkin party!

  • Pumpkin soup and warm bread
  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds — Place these in a single layer on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt, and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Warm Apple Cider or Mulled Wine
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Caramel Apples
  • Cinnamon Doughnut


Hope you’ve found some helpful pumpkin party ideas on this page. Have a great time!


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