Host a pumpkin carving party for Halloween and make it extra special by decorating your house with pumpkin-themed decorations and by serving lots of delicious and fun pumpkin-themed desserts and appetizers.
Pumpkin Carving Party Dessert Table
Hosting a pumpkin carving party for Halloween is so much fun and it can be fairly easy too.
Carving pumpkins is a fun activity for your party guests and doesn't require a lot of work on your part.
You just need to provide your guests with lots of space to carve and a few tools.
Pumpkin Carving Area
We hosted our pumpkin carving party in 2014 and we decorated our garage so that our guests could carve their pumpkins.
We provided all of the carving tools and lots of paper towels and our guests provided the pumpkins.
Everyone got their own garbage bag. They carved on the bag then stuffed the pumpkin guts in the bag when they were done. That made clean up really easy.
Carved Pumpkins on Display
And be sure to have a space for all of your party guests to display their carved pumpkins.
I usually decorate this shelf but this year I just lined the wood shelf with shelf liner to make sure the wet pumpkins didn't damage my shelf.
When we turned out the lights and the pumpkins glowed, it looked pretty amazing.
Great Pumpkin Patch
Decorating your house for a pumpkin carving party is easy too!
There are so many fun pumpkin decorations in the stores at Halloween.
We got creative and purchased a Linus costume to create our own Great Pumpkin patch in our front yard.
Pumpkins and Polka Dots
Decorating the inside of the house is easy too.
I love polka dots and had been wanting to decorate my walls with polka dots for a party and thought the orange, purple, and black dots worked perfectly with all my pumpkin decorations.
Pumpkin Dessert Table
But my favorite area to decorate was the kitchen.
We built a 3-tiered table for my desserts. I covered the shelves with black sheets and then made cute felt pumpkins for the font of the table.
All of my desserts were pumpkin and polka-dot themed.
Our party guests dined on
- Peanut Butter Polka Dot Lollipops
- Gingerbread Pumpkins
- Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats
- Chocolate Truffle Pumpkins
- Caramel Pumpkins
- Jack-O-Lantern Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
- Biscoff Truffles shaped like pumpkins
- Peanut Butter Fudge Pumpkins
- Sugar Cookie Pumpkins
- Cocoa Krispies Trick or Treat Bears
- Mini Cheesecake Pumpkins
- White Chocolate Pretzel Pumpkins
- Jack-O-Lantern Peanut Butter Cookies
This White Chocolate Popcorn Jack-O-Lantern Bowl was the centerpiece of the table.
The bowl is completely edible and it's filled with more white chocolate popcorn.
It was a big hit with my guests.
More Halloween Desserts
There was even more for my guests to enjoy.
- Halloween Magic Bars
- Chocolate Orange Semifreddo
- Mini Apple Tarts
- Coconut Fudge Polka Dot Pumpkins
- Jack-O-Lantern Brownies
- Black Cat Cookie Pops
Pumpkin Party Appetizers
Our party guests didn't just fill up on desserts. We also had lots of yummy food to eat too.
Everyone enjoyed the pizza, nachos, pasta, chicken wings, and more. My favorite appetizer was the Jack-O-Lantern taco dip.
I decorated the front of our kitchen island and one of the walls with more silly pumpkins.
Then I added polka dots over the countertop and covered the entire thing with lucite so we could serve our pizza directly on top.
I also added pumpkin decorations, pumpkin bowls, and pumpkin plates, and napkins. We even used a real pumpkin to serve tortellini skewers.
My guests also really enjoyed this buffalo chicken dip Jack-O-Lantern.
I decorated the dip with a simple Jack-O-Lantern design.
I got much more artistic when creating my decorations though.
Cute and Silly Jack-O-Lanterns
Years ago, I saw bought some cute pumpkin yard picks and they had these silly faces on them.
I used the designs to create these decorations for my kitchen.
Our dog Truffle even joined in on the fun. She looked so adorable in the fuzzy pumpkin costume and she was so well behaved considering we had 84 people in our house during our party.
She loved getting lots of attention especially from the kids and we were sure to have dog treats for her so that the kids wouldn't feed her people food.
Speaking of costumes, check out some of these costumes my guests wore to our party.
Our adult costume contest winners.
- A Talking Tree from Wizard of Oz (Kristie)
- Popeye and Olive Oil (Pete and Meg)
- Mary Poppins (Cheri)
- Lightning Strike (Charlie and Trent.)
I can't tell you how excited I was to see so many creative costumes on the adults this year.
At our first party nine years ago, only one guest was not in a costume. With each passing year, fewer and fewer of the adult guests have been dressing up, so I started offering a $50 gift card and other prizes to entice them. It's working!
Still with all this creativity, if I had to pick my favorite, it would have to be ...
If you have a pumpkin carving party, I'd love to hear about your party in the comments below.
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