Halloween is right around the corner, so there’s no better time than now to host a pumpkin-carving party! Things could get a little messy, so check out our tips for throwing the best Halloween pumpkin carving party in the neighborhood.
Choose Your Carving Location
If you’ve got one, a backyard patio is the ideal setting for your pumpkin party. Lay down newspapers on a patio or card table, making sure to place some small objects at each corner to weigh it down if it’s breezy outside. You can set up a pumpkin carving station in your garage or driveway, as well. You could also host the party at a park or some other outdoor space, but keeping things close to home will make for easier cleanup and bypass the whole transportation issue.
Most of these pumpkin-carving materials are easy to get and relatively inexpensive. The actual pumpkin itself could potentially get expensive if you are paying for everyone’s pumpkin, so to keep costs down, ask your guests to bring their own pumpkin.
- Large pumpkin
- Newspaper or table cloth
- Pumpkin carving kits or pumpkin carving tools
- Pumpkin carving templates and patterns
- Paint brushes
- Trash bags
Snacks and Refreshments
It’s a fun idea to offer up a pumpkin or fall-themed dish or snack to serve your guests while they carve. The pumpkin carving activity itself will already take up a lot of space, so consider setting up a separate, smaller table filled with your light pumpkin-themed snacks and drinks. Our favorite autumnal recipes include this savory sage popcorn and fall whiskey sours for the adults.
And if you’ve got a fire pit, outdoor fireplace or heat lamp, now is the time to light it up. Cozy!
Now that you know how to throw the perfect pumpkin carving party, it’s time to get started. Halloween is fast approaching, so invite your guests over and have fun!