In my family, we have an annual pumpkin carving party. This tradition started when my husband and I were dating in college. His family came to visit and we all carved pumpkins. It was so much fun, it just kind of became a “thing.”
Now that we have kids the party has grown and it is always tons of fun. We had to hold it on a Sunday this year, since we all had a costume party to go to Saturday night. (and you can’t thrown the party too far in advance, if you plan on displaying the pumpkins on Halloween)
|Awww.. Look how little they were!|
Here are a few tips to have an awesome pumpkin carving party:
Have the Appropriate Supplies: We have a TON of pumpkin carving tools and books for everyone to use. We tell people to bring their own pumpkin… and we have everything else. You want to invest in a few GOOD knives (the ones that come with the kit are a bit flimsy) We have also invested in a little electronic saw. I hit up Walgreens or CVS the morning after Halloween and pick up carving supplies for the following year at 70% off.
Set the Scene: I like to decorate the house and have fun serving ware. I got a bunch of fun goblets, bowls and plates at the Dollar Tree. Halloween party radio from Pandora is pretty good for music. It plays all the old school favorites and nothing too scary or inappropriate for the kids. My husband also fills containers with colored water and tosses in some dry ice for fun!
|Halloween rice krispie treats!|
Spooky Food: It is always fun to serve up some spooky food to go along with the theme. I have had Halloween cupcake decorating for the kids in the past. I also had skull shaped ice, which was cute for the kids drinks. You can find a TON of inspiration on Pinterest. I tried to make honey roasted pumpkin seeds, and while they did look & smell amazing… they didn’t taste very good. I think they were a tiny bit overcooked.
|At least they made the house smell good!|
Have a Plan: When you have a bunch of young kids involved, we quickly realized we needed a plan when it came to prepping the pumpkins. Now the guys gut and prep all the pumpkins at once, while the kids play or do a craft I will have ready for them. It helps get everyone to the ‘fun’ part a lot quicker.
Take Pictures: In all the excitement, you may forget the most important part… pictures! We always put all the pumpkins together and get a group shot. (after we all vote for the ‘winner’) I love this tradition and looking back at the kids and pumpkins they created is always fun!
The only bad part about our pumpkin carving party, is the simple fact that our pumpkins only survive a few days in our hot, humid climate before turning to mush. So we usually don’t have them out by the time Halloween comes around, but that’s okay. They sell light up ones at the store now. 😉