5 Pumpkin Carving Kits for the Perfect Jack-O’-Lantern

published Oct 17, 2022
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We’re officially two weeks out from Halloween which means one thing: it’s prime pumpkin carving season. So if you’re looking to take that pumpkin you picked up at the patch this weekend and turn into the ultimate front-porch decoration, there’s no better time than the present. Now, whether you’re making spooky jack-o’-lanterns with your little ones of partaking in a carving contest with friends, one thing’s for sure: nothing makes pumpkin carving more enjoyable than having the right tools in hand. Luckily, there are tons of kits out there designed to help every carver, big and small. Below, we rounded up five of the best pumpkin carving kits on the market today, from intricate sets with dozens of tools for the most creative carvers to a fun, knife-free version for kids parents will love. Let’s get carving!

Do you have a pumpkin carving kit you swear by? Let us know in the comments below!

1 / 5
Williams Sonoma
was $29.95

Every house needs a solid pumpkin carving kit. For a simple no-fuss option, this Messermeister set is the way to go. Made of stainless steel and featuring ergonomic, soft-grip handles, it comes with three essentials: a scraper, a sawtooth carver, and an engraver.

2 / 5

Looking for a kit to help you get a little more precise with your cuts? This eight-piece set may be just what you're looking for. It comes with a mix of saws, knives, pokers, and scoops so you can get to the nitty-gritty. Best of all, it comes all wrapped up in a handy carrying case.

3 / 5

For those looking to get intricate with their carving, pick up this set from Elmchee. It comes with 13 pieces, including six double-sided stainless steel detail tools that'll help even your wildest vision come to life.

4 / 5

With an assortment of knives, carvers, scoops, detail tools, and reusable LED lights, this pick is one of the most comprehensive pumpkin carving kits we came across, with everything you need from start to finish.

5 / 5
was $29.95

Look we get it, carving pumpkins can be hard, even with the right tools — that's where Pumpkin Punchers come in. Taking the hassle out of carving, the idea is simple: stencil your design on the pumpkin using the included cutters, punch the cutters through your design (be sure you use a rubber mallet to do this!), remove the pumpkin pieces, and you're done! We love this knife-free pick as a safe alternative for younger carvers.