From warm scarves to pumpkin spice lattes, the fall season signifies many anticipated events. Most beloved among them is the arrival of Halloween and all of the spooky traditions it brings. Of course, there's no better way to get in the spirit than by carving pumpkins.
Although each person has a unique approach to decorating gourds, there are some essential supplies that every carver should own so that they can bring their design to life. To cut out the pumpkin lid, make sure you have a toothed blade or serrated knife—this will help you saw through the thick skin without straining yourself. Secondly, a pumpkin scooper is essential for cleaning out the gourd of the seeds and insides. Then, when it's time to carve out your design, make sure you have an array of strong sculpting tools that can cut out pieces of the pumpkin.
If finding each individual supply seems like too much of a hassle, don't worry. Whether you're a beginning sculptor or an advanced decorator, there are a variety of practical carving sets that include everything you need to get to work. The Professional Carving Set by CHRYZTAL includes a heavy-duty scooper to help you prepare the pumpkin as well as eight double-sided sculpting tools to help you render scary faces, ghouls, and whatever else you can think of. Or, for those that have a batch of pumpkins to decorate (and not much time), the Pumpkin Puncher Kit features 31 stainless steel stencils that will quickly embellish your gourds with classic Halloween motifs.
Scroll down to see our picks for the best pumpkin carving sets, and be sure to check out our list of pumpkin carving ideas for more jack-o'-lantern inspiration.
These pumpkin carving kits will help you make a spooky jack-o'-lantern for Halloween!
Professional Heavy Duty Pumpkin Carving Set (Set of 13 Pieces)
Premium Wood and Carbon Steel Pumpkin Carving Kit (Set of 19 Pieces)
Pumpkin Carving Kit With Skull Prop and 10 Stencils
Need to carve your pumpkin in a hurry? Try using stainless steel stencils.
Pumpkin Puncher Carving Kit
Pumpkin Carving Kit for Kids (Set of 14 Pieces)
If you want to make more Halloween faces, then try these designs out.
Halloween Face Stencils (Set of 19)
You can also create more detailed designs using a rotary tool!
KeShi Cordless Rotary Tool and Accessory Kit