Pumpkin Ideas, TpT Gift Card Giveaway & Halloween Freebies!

Each year the student council at my school buys a whole bunch of pumpkins from the farmer's market across the street and sponsors a pumpkin carving contest.  Great fun and good prizes for the winning class - but messy and time-consuming when there is curriculum to cover!  Here are some quicker and cleaner ideas for pumpkin carving this Halloween.

Simple and classic - use caulking to create a design on the pumpkin, then paint once it's dry.  Source: HGTV


This haunted house pumpkin is a snap!  Use permanent marker, paint, construction paper or vinyl for the windows and doors, then add some dollar store decor.  Source: Mom 4 Real

These cute owl pumpkins are super quick and inexpensive.  Some sunflower seeds, hot glue and paint are all you need if you don't feel like carving out the eyes and beak.  Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Kids just love mustaches for some reason?  Ring in Movember with this hip design.  Source: The Swell Designer


Another popular design that is sure to do well with the kids is Grumpy Cat! Source: The Swell Designer


If you've got an art class, why not reproduce famous works of art right onto the pumpkin?  Here is Starry Night.  Source: The Swell Designer


Another one that is great for art class - and math class - is this geometric design. Sierpinski's Pumpkin, anyone? Source: Alida Burke Geometric Design


Teaching Spanish?  Check out these Mexico-inspired pumpkins.  Source: Crafty Chica


Great for Science class!  Swine flu pumpkins are easy to make and very clever!  Source: Elena Juatco


Simple and beautiful for any grade level, from K to Senior Environmental Science, all these pumpkins require is some paint, glue and a nice stroll outside to collect some leaves.  Source: The Daily Basics


Here is a really quick idea.  Grab a sharpie and a recipe for pumpkin pie and write it out.  Nice for a foods class, or as a gift.  Also, throw in a pumpkin pie to sway the judges!  Source: She Knows


Great for the little ones, grab some Mr. Potato head parts and let the kids create Picasso-faced pumpkins.  Source: She Knows


I love this one for ELA class!  Dress up your pumpkin like your favorite book characters... then write a story about them.  How cute!  Source: Book Pumpkins


Some googly eyes and dollar store materials make this trendy owl pumpkin quick and easy to make with your class.  Source: A Bullseye View Owl


Some paint and jar lids help make the cutest helpers - Minions! Source unknown

A great idea for Geography class - pumpkin globes!  Source: NEA


But wait, there's more!

Now for another treat!  Check out my FREE Zombies: Race to the Brains PowerPoint game.  Come up with your own questions on Halloween and review with these moaning and groaning zombies as they shuffle towards victory!

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  1. Those are some great looking pumpkins!

  2. Can't wait to use some of your pumpkin ideas. Thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to a less messy Halloween:)

  3. Those pumpkins are AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Some of those pumpkins are very impressive. I love the caulked one and the one embossed with leaves.

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  7. I so love these cool and cute pumpkin carving ideas I'd love to try each of them this coming Halloween. Thanks for sharing!


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