The Great Pumpkin -Carving isn’t Everything


As Halloween fast approaches, I am sure many of you have already embraced your “goolish spirit” getting costumes ready, maybe having already been to one or two Halloween parties by now. Like many people, I generally save the pumpkin carving or decorating for last. In fact, I usually find myself attempting this at around 5pm on Halloween night, hoping desperately that no one rings the doorbell while I have my hands full inside a pumpkin awaiting their “trick or treat.” 

We have all seen those amazing pumpkins on certain porches where the carving resembles a work of art in a museum. For years, I have thought to myself, ” How long did that take, and how many glasses of wine did they drink to have the patience do even create that?” Beautiful as they are, they can be daunting and let’s face it, not all of us are sculptures or Martha Stewart.  This year, I came across a few ideas that were both different, and easy.  You can probably start these at 4pm and be finished by the first arrival at your door. For all of us who wish for a jack-o-lantern that does not require endless sculpting, this may be for you.



1. Pumpkin Carving with a Power Drill

-Yes, that’s right. Get your drill attachment out and get drilling. This beautiful design detailed here, and even Martha Stewart has done this one.

-Time Needed: About 15 minutes

-Tools: drill and a few small and large drill attachments or drill bits

Instructions found here, courtesy of :

2. Painted Pumpkins

-These are definitely more for adults,but are quick, easy and don’t require a lot of tools or artistry

-Time Needed: About 15 minutes if you spray paint, 25 minutes if you use craft paint (You can use gold leafing, but the gold paint works very nicely considering you will be throwing this out in a week or less)

-Tools: Pumpkin and some paint

Instructions found here, courtesy:

Photo Credits:

Photo 1: Artjimenez (Flickr), also seen at

Photo 2: Slack Packet (Flickr)


Vinnie recently joined the team at Wine and Food Travel as Editor in Chief. We are very excited to have her culinary experience and artistic background to draw from here at WAFT. Vinnie brings a wealth of experience in the culinary arts, professional writing and marketing. Her passion, expertise and her willingness to share her learnings with readers is a welcome contribution to the WAFT team. Vinnie also maintains a food blog where she shares many of her recipes, food experiences and adventures,

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