Welcome trick-or-treaters with the cynical smile of the Cheshire Cat.
Print out the template and get carving that pumpkin!
- Pumpkin carving kit
- Water-based marker (optional)
- Toothpicks (optional)
Print the template out using the 'Download Resources' button above. There are two ways to transfer your design onto the pumpkin.
1) Copy it freehand onto a clean, dry pumpkin with a water-based marker (mistakes can be easily corrected with a paper towel).
2) Tape your template to the pumpkin, then score the design into the skin by poking holes through the template with a pin or plastic poking tool (available in some pumpkin carving kits).
Carve by starting at the centre of your design and working outward (this avoids putting pressure on areas already carved). Begin with the innermost and smallest details. As each shape loosens up, gently push it out of the pumpkin with a finger or a dull pencil point (a good job for young kids).
Lastly, put your pumpkin in a place of honour (away from flammables) and remember to blow out all of the candles before you go to sleep.