Cookie-Cutter Pumpkin Carving With Kids

Create a high-end look for your jack-o'-lanterns with kid-friendly themes, from planes to stars, flowers and more.

Kid looking at carved pumpkin

Cookie-Cutter Pumpkin Carving With Kids

Materials Needed:

  • pumpkin (scooped and cleaned out)
  • cookie cutters
  • rubber mallet
  • sharp paring knife or pumpkin carving knife

Position Cookie Cutters and Tap

To begin, carve out the pumpkin guts and select a few of your favorite cookie cutters. You could try letters, flowers, stars — virtually any shaped cookie cutter. Pick one and position it on the pumpkin, then tap lightly with a rubber mallet.

Tapping cookie cutter with mallet

Position Cookie Cutters and Tap

Let the Kids Help

Even small children can participate in this simple step.

Cookie Cutter Pumpkin Carving

Let the Kids Help

Cut Through Shapes With a Knife

Once the cookie cutter is all the way through, it's time to get out a knife. Obviously, this is an adults-only step. Keeping the cookie cutter in place, insert your knife and cut through the pumpkin skin.

Once the carving is done, add a candle and you're good to go. Kids love the pumpkin carving process but the projections of the carvings on the wall are an added bonus.

Person cutting shapes in pumpkin

Cut Through Shapes With a Knife

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