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Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Party

Easy menu ideas and practical tips for an all-ages pumpkin party.

The Menu

Make it easy on yourself and whip up simple, crowd-pleasing menu of turkey chili and cornbread. And for dessert? Something pumpkin, of course!


The night before:

  • Pick up assorted pumpkins for carving. Avoid broken stems or bruises, as they can cause faster spoilage.
  • Choose pumpkins that are at least 9-10 inches high so there is adequate room for a votive candle to burn safely.
  • Shop for carving and painting supplies: permanent markets, water-based markers, tempera paints, small paintbrushes, plastic carving tools, stickers, sponges and glass votives with candles.
  • Purchase turkey, cornbread, cider, and dessert ingredients.
  • Bake dessert--cake or cookies. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Cook chili, let cool, and store in the fridge. It's better the next day!
  • Set up a chili station near the stove. Use a fall-colored placemat and stack dinner plates, napkins and utensils on top.
  • Print out pumpkin-carving templates from internet Halloween sites or draw your own on white paper so guests have some ideas about what to carve.

Party day:

  • Create a mini patch where guests can pick their own.
  • Set up a carving table. Cover it with several layers of newspaper taped into place with masking tape. If you're indoors, protect the floor, too.
  • Lay out markers, stickers, paints, cutting tools and any large spoons, ladles or ice cream scoops you can find on table.
  • Fill a few glasses or empty yogurt cups with water and set out for painters. Set out sponges so kids can wipe off mistakes.
  • Bake cornbread. Cool, slice, and wrap.
  • Assemble salad. Cover and chill.
  • Reheat chili. Cover and keep warm--or transfer to a slow cooker set on the low setting.
  • Heat cider in slow cooker.

    Oct. 28, 2009 4:33 pm
    Make a night to remember...make a bon-fire and have cider with smores and tell ghost stories! It was a great time!
    Oct. 2, 2010 11:50 am
    We cleared the garage and taped plastic tablecloths down for the decorating. When all was done, picked up the cloths, threw them away, and voila... it was all cleaned up! For food, we did a chili cook off where the guests brought their own concoctions. I made and decorated a jack-o-lantern cake. It is a fun party to have each year!
    Oct. 19, 2010 9:27 pm
    Target has plastic "pumpkins" 4 $1.00!Great for decorating in a garage, barn or backyd. Fill them with food, treats or candies, not candles, only put those in the "real" pumpkins, but if u use both, it's not only cheaper &easier, but provides a lot more decoration, plus u can (at party's end) give handled plastic pumpkins to small kids to use while trick or treating in the malls & stores. Puts a smile on everyone's face & no lost sacks, bags or horrific huge pillowcases!
    Oct. 19, 2010 9:40 pm
    Also, garbage bags r (mostly) already black & Look great on tables with orange pumpkins! Also, much cheaper than plastic tablecloths, even cheaper is newspaper, great for on the garage or living room floor, and old sheets, especially black, but if all u have is white the kids can draw on them with black markers, which can be used next yr. as a Halloween tablecloth & makes a great memory sheet in future years when your kids go to college, then they can use it for dorm parties, etc. so reduce, reuse, recycle, save the planet & stop using so much unrecyclable PLAStic, WHICH IS more expensive anyway!!!!!!!!!!
    Basically Boston 
    Oct. 27, 2010 11:32 pm
    We just had amazing pumking carving parties. I can recommend this to everyone. Here are some ideas for pumkins: http://basicallybostonne.blogspot.com/2010/10/pumkin-carving-party.html
    Oct. 29, 2010 7:06 am
    I found an step by step good tutorial to how make amazing Pumpkin Carving to Halloween on this site:
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