posted by Liam Dryden

Sick of carving your jack o’ lanterns with boring old knives? Here’s some alternative video guides!

With Halloween already less than a couple of weeks away, people are already buying their pumpkins and planning their jack o’ lantern designs. But every year, everyone forgets how much of a process it is to trace your face, scoop out the gross insides and cut it out with that annoying tiny little knife in the carving kit.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were some alternative, more fun methods to pumpkin carving? Oh, wait, there is.


1. Use a katana.

That tiny little carving knife doing nothing for you? Speed up the process 300% by swinging some cold steel at it! Julia Steel leads by example here with testing her shiny new katana on a pumpkin. It goes exactly how you might expect.



Don’t trust yourself to draw a straight line? Need an excuse to play with lasers? Get your jack o’ lantern design engraved first! WITH LASERS.


3. Use… dry ice?

Okay, full disclosure: You do actually have to carve this one like a normal pumpkin first. But if you save the eye and mouth pieces, then a (presumably) totally safe trick with dry ice like this one from the CrazyRussianHacker can give your jack o’ lantern a cool little twist…


4. Don’t use a pumpkin!

According to Rhett and Link, jack-o’-lanterns traditionally started out as turnips or beets in Ireland. So why stick to a pumpkin? Watch the dynamic duo try and carve some alternatives on a Halloween special of Good Mythical Morning.


5. Get NASA to do it

Fact: if you do ANYTHING with a NASA engineer, they’re going to figure out how to do it cooler, faster, and more efficiently than you. It’s their job. And that includes pumpkins! The team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have an annual pumpkin carving contest, and the results are absolutely ridiculous. But also awesome.


6. Just, like, shoot it

Let’s face it: big, sharp carving knives are dangerous. Why bother going near them when you can carve your pumpkin with a nice safe gun? Thankfully “hickock45” is here to show you the best and safest jack o’ lanterning technique, with the best and safest tool for the job – a Henry rifle. Obviously.