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Nosey Pumpkins

It's easy to create these gawking heads. Just draw faces or print our templates, and carve.




  • Pumpkin Face templates
  • A keyhole saw or serrated knife
  • Plaster scraper or large spoon
  • Black marker and white paper or our template
  • Masking tape
  • Needle tool (from an art-supply store) or awl
  • Serrated utility knife
  • Miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks
  • Apple corer


  1. Step 1

    Begin by cutting a large hole in the bottom of a pumpkin with a keyhole saw or serrated knife, and then scrape out the insides with a plaster scraper until pumpkin walls are 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. 

  2. Step 2

    To make the face, you can draw your own using black marker on white paper, or download and print our templates; enlarge the template to the desired size on a photocopier. Next, affix the face to the top of the pumpkin with masking tape so the stems serve as noses.

  3. Step 3

    With a needle tool or awl, poke holes around the outline of each feature. Remove the paper, and then cut out features with a serrated utility knife, using the holes you poked as a guide. 

  4. Step 4

    To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.

Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004



Reviews (4)

  • shushabell 28 Oct, 2012

    Hi, this is very beautiful... sorry for my ignorance here, but I am of another culture and not so familiar with the technicalities of this. Don`t you Have to do something by way of somehow drying the pumpkin so as to not invite all kinds of not-so-good-looking little bugs and flyes? thank you for enlightening this for me!

  • laineethechef 21 Oct, 2011

    where do i find the startled pumpkin templetes? Please hlp me find them for the kids!

  • dflanary 27 Oct, 2010

    They are there. I downloaded them.

  • djalbq 2 Oct, 2010

    I was very disappointed that the pumpkins shown in the Oct. issue were NOT featured in the templates that you could downloand or print - I certainly thought from the content that they were what I was looking for when checking on the site.