In a rush to carve? My personal pumpkin carving tools are in the Halloween Haunter's Professional Pumpkin Carving Kit.
As summer winds to a close and fall kicks into high gear, it's almost pumpkin-carving season!
Pumpkin carving is a fun way to spend time with your family while the weather is still warm enough to be outside. You can take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and make something that will last all season – assuming you've got the tools and skills that you will need to do it properly.
The guide will get you carving with the best of them. Let’s look at the best pumpkin carving tools.
Pumpkin carving can be daunting if you've never done it before. However, as long as you have a plan of attack, you should be just fine.
There are many diagrams and designs available online for you to follow as patterns. However, the part you need to have prepared ahead of time are the tools.
For basic carving, all you really need is a sharp knife (preferably serrated as it carves easier), a marker, and a spoon.
If that’s all you have, the steps are pretty straightforward:
Of course, I’m simplifying; the process can quickly get more intense depending on the detail work you put into your pumpkin.
Once you've finished carving, put a candle in the pumpkin and let it shine!
Before you set out to grab a pumpkin, know that some pumpkins are better than others for carving.
Let’s take a look at what makes a good and a bad pumpkin for carving.
As a short list, here’s what makes a good carving pumpkin:
Now you know what to look for when you head out to the pumpkin patch. And that's a crucial ingredient as well – from New England to San Diego, it's a time-worn tradition to pick out your own carving pumpkin.
Really, if you follow most of the above hints you’ll do well. Look out for pumpkins that are pale, sickly-looking, or already beginning to look dead right off the vine.
You also want to look out for warty pumpkins which (while increasingly popular) run a higher risk of making the carving knife skip and possibly injure you or your family.
In terms of carving kits, look for a kit that's easy to use, high quality, low maintenance, and comfortable for your skill level. The best pumpkin carving tools may not be the most expensive, but as long as they fit your family’s needs, they’ll serve you well.
When hunting for pumpkin carving kits, beware of seemingly good deals on a used set of tools. As a rule, the sharper the knife, the safer—any kit that's been used before is more likely to be dull and dangerous.
You also want to level your carving kits for your own skill level. While advanced kits are a lot of fun, it also means that there are many specialized little knives and scalpels that you have to track.
Pumpkin carving is a great and simple way to spend quality time with friends and loved ones alike. And the tools you use to make Jack O'Lanterns play a major role in making that quality time safe and easy.
The best pumpkin carving tools are easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to store when they're not in use. If you have to spend a lot of time cleaning up after each pumpkin carving session, it takes a lot of enjoyment out of it for you and your kids.
Similarly, when you're cutting into a couple of pumpkins, you shouldn't have to worry about your own safety or the safety of your loved ones. For that reason alone, it's imperative that you find the best kit for yourself.
As mentioned, pumpkin carving is all about spending time with those you love. (And carving Jack O'Lanterns is part of a long history).
You’ll get messy, show off your ingenuity, and create something you can show off for the rest of the season. Quality time is so hard to find in this busy world... but that only makes those rare moments of family bonding all the more special.
Get your family involved with every step of the pumpkin carving project. If you have young children, let them pick out the design for all of the pumpkins (not just their own) and help them walk through every step of design, preparation, and cleanup!
Once you've finished carving your pumpkins, you'll have a fun little memento of the time you've spent with your friends and loved ones. And that will last long after the pumpkins have been discarded.
There are so many awesome pumpkin carving kits available on the market today that you really can't go wrong with most of your options. But when it comes to the best pumpkin carving tools, here are my favorites:
The Halloween Haunters pumpkin carving kit may be a little more expensive, but it's billed as a professional lantern-carving kit, and that professional quality really shows through.
Every blade in the kit is serrated, and all of the standard tools still feature a beveled edge that allows them to slice through some of the toughest pumpkins without breaking a sweat.
This kit also features more up-close, fine-detail work tools than the previous kit, so it's perfect for pumpkin carvers with a few jack o'lanterns under their belt who want to take their pumpkin carving practices up to the next level.
The Dakota Products Pumpkin Gutter Carving Tool isn't so much of a kit as it is a specialized tool that can be useful when you're starting to cut into your pumpkin.
If you're excited to get carving, but the task of removing all of the seeds and strings from the inside of the pumpkin doesn't sound so fun, a gutter like this can remove the inside of a pumpkin quickly and easily. Hook it up to a standard drill, and it will scoop out a pumpkin in no time at all.
The tool is dishwasher safe, so you can clean it up at the same time as your pumpkin pie dishes. Just rinse off some of the stringy, gloopy mess before you give it a wash, and you'll be good to go!
Unlike the previous entries, Gimar's 12-Set Carving kit wasn't designed specifically with pumpkin carving in mind. As a result, this is an extremely sturdy set of carving knives that was honestly meant to be used to carve just about anything.
With a range of fine-detail blades that allow for a sharp, precise cut, this kit features a range of attractive, hard-working carving knives that will let you get every last bit of detail work out of your Jack O'Lantern.
Each blade is made of high-quality SK5 carbon steel that can slice even the toughest pumpkins to ribbons without having to hack away for hours.
The quality construction and sturdy nature of the Comfy Mate Pumpkin Carving Kit make it a good fit for families with small children who are looking to get a lot of mileage out of their pumpkin carving tools.
One of the major strengths of this kit is the wide variety of tools it provides for a reasonable price. With the multiple knives, carvers, scoops, and cutters, you should be able to tackle even the toughest pumpkin without any trouble.
Comfy Mate also includes a number of templates in an online book, sure to quickly get you started on your design.
This last tool set differs from the other kits in that it functions more like a drill or multi-tool. Instead of having to juggle twelve or fifteen different tools, the Warren Cutlery Pumpkin Carving Kit lets you swap out a variety of pumpkin carving blades while still using the same handle.
With a selection of serrated blades for cutting through thick rinds and smooth scraping blades for fine detail work, this tool is probably the best knife for pumpkin carving. The brass and walnut handle makes it an attractive addition to your kitchen supplies that you can keep close on hand all year round.
Ultimately, any of the tools on this list would be great for your pumpkin-carving plans. However, due to its great value and full scope of use, my personal favorite kit is the Halloween Haunter's Professional Pumpkin Carving Kit.
Unlike some of the other entries on the list, the Halloween Haunter set is good for both detail and wide-range work. All of the blades, scoops, and cutters in the kit are easy to use. In addition, they're professional-grade quality tools and can be used year after year – you'll get plenty of bang for your buck!