Nosey Pumpkins

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

Nosey Pumpkins

Source: Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004


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


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