Be the King or Queen of Halloween 2018 With These Pumpkin Carving Tools and Kits

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By | Updated October 16, 2018
Be the King or Queen of Halloween 2018 With These Pumpkin Carving Tools and Kits
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The air is getting crisp and the nights are getting longer and that means it's almost time for Halloween! 

Beyond gathering bucketfuls of candy (or buying yourself a few bags), the best part of All Hallows Eve is carving your jack o'lantern. In the age of Instagram, carving a pumpkin that's ready for its close up is imperative. That means you need the best tools, kits, and accessories for the job. For some seasonal inspiration, read on!

But sometimes, carving just isn't enough to achieve the look you're going for. You want to take your jack o'lantern to the next level? We have just the accessories to do it!

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A Set That Will Last Year After Year

A Set That Will Last Year After Year

This 3-piece carving set from Messermeister comes with a scoop, a knife, and an etching tool—everything you need to make an amazing jack o'lantern. We especially love this kit because Messermeister is a well-respected cutlery brand, so that means these tools are high-quality and will LAST. Some reviewers even use them for cooking!

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Best Tools Not Really Meant for Pumpkins

Best Tools Not Really Meant for Pumpkins

Now our pumpkin carving is REALLY getting detailed. 

While this pottery sculpting kit isn’t exactly for pumpkins, it includes 21 different tools that can be used to take your pumpkin carving game to the next level. The minute differences in the tools allows for working and deeper and shallower depths, so the exact right amount of light shines through.

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Best Tool for People Who Hate Getting Their Hands Dirty

Best Tool for People Who Hate Getting Their Hands Dirty

Ok, this thing is super cool. You grab your regular, old electric drill, put the tool where the drill bit usually goes, and let her rip into the inside of your pumpkin! 

It quickly and easily removes seeds and strings and can even be used to thin out the pumpkin walls for professional carving. This tool is made from stainless steel and it's dishwasher safe, so you can use it for years and years. It also doesn't damage pumpkin seeds, so if your second favorite part of pumpkin season is snacking on roasted seeds, this tool is perfect for you. 

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A Pumpkin Decorating Kit For People Who Aren’t Into Carving

A Pumpkin Decorating Kit For People Who Aren’t Into Carving

Not every Halloween-obsessed ghoul and goblin is into the mess and detail-driven work that goes into pumpkin carving—that’s why there are kits like this one. 

Instead of carving, get your Halloween on with a decoupage kit that lets you personalize your gourds without the mess.

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A Carving Tool With Power

A Carving Tool With Power

Check it out! You can Dremel your pumpkin into submission with this motorized tool for making intricate designs. It rotates at two speeds and comes with carving templates. It also runs on AA batteries, so you even take it to the pumpkin patch if the desire so strikes you! 

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Pumpkins Guaranteed to Look Good

Pumpkins Guaranteed to Look Good

Sometimes we need a little inspiration before we can get to carving. 

This stencil book includes 10 different stencils, helping create spooky, fun, and silly jack o'lanterns. The author's favorite stencil out of the bunch: The stegosaurus!

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Best Tools for Cutting

Best Tools for Cutting

Ok, we know that these don't look very exciting, but they are the precision tools you need to make exact cuts in an intricate jack o'lantern design. 

The kit includes one handle with interchangeable blades. Reviewers say this tool kit is easy to handle, built to last, "cuts through pumpkins like butter," and facilitates even the most complicated carving designs. And, if you need some inspiration, check out the customer images!

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A Pumpkin You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

A Pumpkin You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

Not gonna lie, these teeth turn any pumpkin into the scariest Halloween decoration you've ever seen! 

Just carve out a hole for the mouth and add as many spiky teeth as you desire to have trick-or-treaters run screaming from your front porch!

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A Scoop For Even Enormous Pumpkins

A Scoop For Even Enormous Pumpkins

So once you’ve cut the top off of your pumpkin, you have to remove all of the guts! 

This giant scoop is WAY better than using a kitchen spoon or your hands. It has a serrated edge for scraping the inside the pumpkin, ensuring a clean finish every time. Reviewers love this scoop so much that many of them don’t just us it on pumpkins, but also when scooping out all kinds of squash and even watermelons.

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A Pumpkin That Grabs Your Attention

A Pumpkin That Grabs Your Attention
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A Tool for When You’re Feeling Dangerous

A Tool for When You’re Feeling Dangerous

Officially, this saw is meant for precision-cutting drywall. But do you know what's softer than drywall? Pumpkins! If you want to make some precision cuts with a sharp knife that'll cut through large orange gourds like butter, this is the way to go!

Check out our other great Halloween guides

Halloween Candy Bowls: We've found the coolest, cutest, and spookiest candy bowls on the internet for you to check out.

Halloween Wreaths: When it comes to decorating for Halloween, you can never be too festive! Adding a seasonal wreath to your door (or maybe above a fireplace) is a spooky way to get into the October spirit.

Halloween Cubicle Decorations: While your house may be stuffed to the brim with skeletons, pumpkins, and black cats, there is another place that needs some All Hallows Eve oomph—your cubicle.

Easy Pet and Human costumes: If you love Halloween but don't have time to put together an elaborate costume, boy do we have ideas for you.

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