If you are someone who adores Halloween and this time of year is more exciting to you than Christmas, you might enjoy hosting spooky events in the run-up to the big day. Pumpkin carving is a classic activity to do for Halloween, and although it can be fun to do alone, it’s always better to do it with a friend! So, why not ask your friends over this year for a pumpkin carving party? You could even take a trip to the pumpkin patch together beforehand to pick out which ones you want!
Below are a few quick tips to help you host a pumpkin carving party this year for some cute, festive Halloween fun!
1. Do it the Weekend Before Halloween
You can choose to do this closer to Halloween if you want to, but if you want to have your Jack-o-Lantern in your window or on your front porch for longer than a night or two, then it’s best to get carving sooner rather than later. Why no longer than a week? Well, even if it is colder outside at this time of year, you still don’t want your pumpkin to start rotting before Halloween has even begun, or to get eaten or damaged by animals outdoors if you are placing it outside.
2. Get All the Right Equipment
You can always use a kitchen knife and spoons to scoop out the seeds and pulp, as well as to carve the pumpkin itself. However, if you want to have a more professional finish, it’s worthwhile investing in the right equipment so that your pumpkin design stands out. These pumpkin carving stencils are also worth looking into if you want to do a more unique and sophisticated design on your pumpkin this year.
3. Snacks and Drinks
No party would be complete without some snacks and drinks to enjoy, so make sure you stock up before your guests arrive. If you aren’t planning on drinking alcohol, then consider some pumpkin-spiced lattes or even some hot chocolate as cozy drinks for the occasion. If you and your friends would like to have a boozier beverage for your party, hard cider or some crisp wine would be ideal for this time of year. Mulled cider is also an option if you want something to warm you up on a cool evening.
For food, chips and dip are always a crowd pleaser at little gatherings like this, or you could serve up mini pies, deli boards with seasonal vegetables and meats, with delicious rustic bread. Melted camembert or brie to dip bread into with some tasty chutney would also work well for this kind of event.
4. Create a Halloween Playlist
For the finishing touch, create a spooky Halloween playlist to put on in the background to get every in the right mood. Background music is always welcome at parties and gatherings like this, and it will encourage everyone to get into the Halloween spirit.
If you love everything Halloween and want to host a pumpkin carving party this year, use these tips to help you organize everything and have a great time.