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Halloween decorations at Olympus on Broadway in Carrollton, Texas



It’s Halloween again. Time to bust out that insanely dull carving set that’s scattered across the bottom of your junk drawer – and don’t forget the tissues and bandages! Or you could carve your pumpkins the right way, using our helpful guide to carving pumpkins like a pro. Up to you. We’ll just be over here carving up another masterpiece...

Tools of the Trade

  • Sharp paring knife
  • Steak knife
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Masking tape
  • Something pointy like a toothpick
  • Computer & printer
  • Pen
  • Vaseline
  • Tea candles
  • Can of light beer, like a lager or IPA

Get the Guts Out

Start by cutting a hole in the top of your pumpkin and scooping out the insides. Everybody knows this part! Time to get nice and gooey.

Pick Your Pattern

Find a cool image you want to carve into your pumpkin online and print it out. Lay the piece of paper over your pumpkin and tape it into place. Then use something pointy to punch little holes along the patterns lines, making little holes in your pumpkin. When you have finished, connect the dots on your pumpkin flesh with your pen.

Get Cutting!

Use your knives to cut out the shapes. But don’t cut yourself. That part is important.


Generously apply Vaseline to all the cut surfaces of your pumpkin. This will help lock in moisture, preserving your masterpiece just that much longer. Reapply as needed.

Light ‘er Up

Place your candle inside, light the wick, and set the top on askew, so your candle will get plenty of oxygen and not be extinguished.

Time to Drink that Beer

You did it! You’re a pro. Time to sit back and relax. See you next year!

For more tips on Halloweening like a boss, visit the Olympus on Broadway blog.