These Viral TikTok Pumpkin Carving Hacks Will Make Your Life Easier

by John Griffith
Pumpkin carving is a whole lot of fun. You get to spend some time with your loved ones, make a design you’re proud of and get into the Halloween spirit. However, alongside all of these experiences, pumpkin carving can also be super time-consuming, makes a ton of mess, and it’s always disheartening to see your pumpkin rot away much quicker than you anticipated. On the bright side, there are some simple pumpkin carving hacks that will make the experience delightful from start to finish. Thanks to “everyone’s grandmother” Barbara Costello or Babs for short, we now know all the pumpkin carving secrets we need. The 73-year-old TikTok sensation shared with her followers tricks that will cut the process of carving in half, but will double the fun. Let’s see what Babs had to share. 

Pumpkin carving is a whole lot of fun

woman carving a pumpkin from the top

Pumpkin Carving Hacks

Okay, now that you’ve chosen your favorite pumpkin carving design, it’s time to start carving. But before you start hacking away aimlessly like Jason from the classic Halloween movie “Friday the 13th”, why not take a look at how to save yourself some time and nerves with these simple, yet effective pumpkin carving hacks. Let Barb teach you the do’s and don’ts of pumpkin carving.

Save yourself some time and nerves with these simple, yet effective pumpkin carving hacks

woman removing a piece from carved pumpkin

#Don’t Stand

Most of us prop the pumpkin on the counter top or the table and stand while carving it. However, this isn’t the most efficient way to do it. Not only do your hands get tired, your feet do as well. That’s why Babs recommends sitting down while carving your pumpkin. This way you have a better hold on the pumpkin and your cuts and movements are way more precise. You also lower the chance of the pumpkin moving and you getting cut.

That’s why Babs recommends to be sitting down while carving your pumpkin

woman carving a pumpkin on her lap

#Do Cut The Bottom

We are used to always cutting our pumpkins from the top. While this isn’t a wrong way to do it, it makes it messier when it comes to putting the candle inside and getting it out. Instead, cut the pumpkin from the bottom. This way, Babs shares, you can easily grab the pumpkin by the stem to hold onto it, and you can easily slip it right over a candle, a couple of candles or even a flashlight. Then you just take the stem, pick it up and remove the burnt candle. No need to get your hands dirty.

Instead, cut the pumpkin from the bottom

bottom carved pumpkin by person

#Don’t Use a Spoon

One of the most annoying aspects of pumpkin carving is getting all the seeds and stingy pumpkin flesh out. The most common way to do so it to grab a spoon and go ham on the inside. However, our favorite TikTok grandmother taught us a much easier and more effective way to dispose of this. Just grab your hand mixer and use it instead. This will loosen up the flesh and seeds, and you can easily scoop everything out.

Just grab your hand mixer and use it to loosen the pumpkin flesh

hand mixer on a blue background

#Do Use a Dry-Erase Red Marker

A common problem that ruins the final design of your pumpkin is the leftover black marker that sticks out like no tomorrow. Sometimes you just can’t cut it out perfectly and there are leftover marker lines everywhere. That’s why you need to use a red dry-erase marker instead to sketch your design. This way you can easily erase it afterwards and even if there is some leftover, it blends in with the pumpkin color.

Nobody wants to have leftover marker stains 

woman drawing on design for pumpkin

#Don’t Use a Knife

While using a knife to carve your pumpkin is the classic method and may be needed is you have a very specific design in mind, there is an easier way to carve out a face in your pumpkin. All you’ll need is cookie cutters and a rubber mallet. Just place your cookie cutter form and beat it in with the mallet. Then just push in the rest. That’s it! Now you have a perfectly shaped cut. Then just wipe off any leftover visible red lines from the marker.

All you’ll need is cookie cutters and a rubber mallet

pumpkin carving hacks cookie cutter from for carving pumpkins

#Do Use Vaseline

Vaseline is a magical product. Not only can it help keep your skin and nails nice and hydrated, it can also keep your pumpkin fresh. Rotting pumpkins are one of the less attractive parts of Halloween decorations. And it’s super disappointing to see your beautiful creating ruined in a matter of days. So, in order to slow down the rotting process, all you need to do is to cover all cut surfaces of the pumpkin with some Vaseline. This will keep it moist even after it’s been cut. Using this method will help your pumpkins last at least one to two weeks after carving.

All you need to do is to cover all cut surfaces of the pumpkin with some Vaseline

vasleine bottles being held in hand

#Don’t Leave It Plain

Well, you are pretty much done. The pumpkin is carved, and now it’s time to put it out on the porch to complete your fall decor. Right? Not exactly. Why leave your pumpkin plain? Babs shares a simple way to make your pumpkin not only look amazing, but also smell amazing. Just sprinkle some cinnamon on the top of the pumpkin. When you lit the candle underneath, there will be a wonderful pumpkin and cinnamon smell.

Just sprinkle some cinnamon on the top of the pumpkin to make it smell amazing

cinnamon sticks in a jar

Check out the original video 

@brunchwithbabs 🎃Do’s and Don’ts of Pumpkin Carving 🎃It is a treasured tradition in our family to carve jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.  But with all the yuck and mess, sometimes my kids would quit the project before we even started.  Babs’ Do’s and Don’ts for Pumpkin Carving, saves the mess and speeds up carving so you can have the perfect jack-o-lantern with no mess and no fuss.  Happy Halloween 🎃XO Babs 1. Carve from bottom.  That way you have the stem to hold onto and you can easily slip the pumpkin right over a candle or flashlight. 2. Hold pumpkin in your lap to carve.  You will have a much steadier pumpkin to cut.    3. Use a red dry erase marker to sketch your design. It erases easily and if you miss a spot, it blends in. 4. Use a hand mixer to clean out your pumpkin. 5. Use cookie cutters and a rubber mallet to carve your design. 6. Cover all cut surfaces with Vaseline to keep the pumpkin moist after carving.  Pumpkins should last 1-2 weeks carved! 7. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the inside top of your pumpkin for festive pumpkin spice smell when a candle is lit inside the pumpkin.  🎃 #pumpkincarving ♬ original sound – everyone’s grandmother

These were the best pumpkin carving hacks with have for you today thanks to Barbara Costello or just Babs. “Everyone’s grandmother” has once again come to save us and teach us how to make our lives just a tad bit easier. We hope you found this article useful. Tell us, will you be using Babs pumpkin hacks?

These were the best pumpkin carving hacks with have for you today 

pumpkin carving hacks family carving a pumpkin


John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.