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How To Host a Pumpkin Carving Party

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

By: Sarah Smith

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year.  I love the cooler temperature!  I love the changing of the leaves to their vibrant colors!  I love the smell of fall spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, etc…  I love the fall decorations; pumpkins, scarecrows, hay bales, etc.


I dislike Halloween – I don’t care for the haunted houses. I don’t like the witches and scary masks. But, I LOVE pumpkin carving.  So, when I decided to have a pumpkin carving party, we focused on the ‘fall’ part of October and not the Halloween part.  (disclaimer – my kids did the costume thing and trick-or-treating so it wasn’t that I was ‘anti-Halloween’…I just didn’t like it). Anytime I can point back to Christ, I do and so does my daughter. Her pumpkin is the one on the right.  See poem from earlier post.  Shine your light!


Here’s how to throw a great Pumpkin Carving Party!

First of all, don’t try to be the super woman…an I can do it all myself hostess.  We have a potluck.  Everything from chili to grandpa’s famous mac n’cheese.  Once people arrive, I tell guests very clearly to make themselves at home and I mean it…I will not be waiting on them.  Everyone is expected to serve themselves when hungry.  You will find me in the garage carving a pumpkin!

It’s a BYOP party – Bring Your Own Pumpkin!  Carving stations are set up in the garage.  We have some pretty amazing artists in our neighborhood.  Some use the precut patterns while others can start from scratch.  It’s best to hold a pumpkin carving party approximately one week before Halloween so the pumpkins are not yet moldy on the night of trick-or-treating.

For the ideal ending to the party, gather all pumpkins and children together for a picture right as it gets dark.  It will make for great memories!



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  1. Sarah Smith

    I forgot to mention that we use “Sign-Up Genius” for the potluck. Items asked for include pots of chili, toppings, dessert, veggie and fruit trays and drinks, I usually provide the paper products.


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