the best pumpkin carving kits to scare up the best halloween ever

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Transforming a round, pleasing pumpkin into a ghoul, ghost or fiend is less about raw carving talent, and more about finding an effective set of tools. While the knife drawer may have been the go-to option a decade and more ago, these days, there are easy-to-use sets that will help you create an elaborate, intricate design without breaking a sweat (or your skin).

What to Consider

Initially, carving a pumpkin may not seem like a big deal, but when you end up with a subpar carving job, you may change your mind. Carving sets take the stress out of creating the perfect pumpkin, but you will definitely want to keep the following in mind before clicking “buy.”

Age of user: Some kits are made with younger children in mind, while others are adults only. We also included several with a range of tools for every member of your family.

Type of kit: Some carving sets offer a few high-quality tools, while others have 10-plus knives and carvers. Some kits also have stencils or guides for those who don’t know where to begin when it comes to jack-o’-lantern design.

Goals: If you want to achieve Pumpkin Masters-level precision, seek out our pro-level kits. If you want to just have a good time with your kids, go for one of our budget basics. There’s plenty to choose from in-between too.

How We Selected

We considered the range of needs when it comes to pumpkin carving first. Then, we reviewed hundreds of options, analyzed what experts recommended and looked at consumer reviews. Below, you’ll find a list that includes the best of everything we found.

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1) BOOtiful Professional Pumpkin Carving Kit

$15.92

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This four-piece pumpkin-carving bundle includes a knife, scoop and two carving tools. The set is durable and easy to use for teenagers ages 14 and up. While this basic, durable set is a big upgrade from a classic knife and spoon, you’ll need to have an idea of what you want to do before getting started, as it does not come with stencils or specific instructions.

One reviewer praises the “surprisingly good quality of the set,” while another raves that they will be “the last set of pumpkin carving tools I ever have to buy. Heck, these may get passed down to my grandchildren, they are just so sturdy and sharp.”

Speaking of sharp, others warn to not let “kids use these unsupervised.”

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2) Yostyle Professional Pumpkin Carving Tools

$15.99

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This 18-piece pumpkin carving set features a scooper, drill, etching tool, double-sided and fine-toothed saw, double-sided sculpting tools, a semi-circular knife, LED pumpkin candles, carving model paper and pumpkin patterns.

The sturdy set also comes with a storage packet and cage. This set is intended for kids ages 9 and up, with the help of a supervising adult. The set comes with a 12-month warranty.

One reviewer says “this is a great kit and the tools are strong!” while another notes it has “everything you need” to make “carving and detailing” easy.

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3) Comfy Mate 12-Piece Pumpkin Carving Kit

$20.99

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This 12-piece pumpkin carving set includes two saws, a cambered etching tool, poker drill, scoops, six double-sided sculpting tools, a high-quality storage bag and an e-book with 1,000 templates for stencils. This will fulfill your Halloween-carving needs, whether you’re a beginner or a pro.

The advanced tools will help even newbies achieve 3-D details like noses, teeth and hair with the clear instructions and patterns. It's recommended for ages 9 and up with supervision.

One reviewer says this was their “first carving set since I was a child. The set lasted 12+” years.

Others praise the e-book, saying it allowed them to be “very precise.”

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4) JUSTOTRY Simple & Safe Pumpkin Carving Kit

$19.99

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This 7-piece pumpkin kit is great for families with young kids. It is, simply put, a set of pumpkin punch-outs. You create a basic sketch of where you want the eyes, nose and mouth to go, then use a hammer or rubber mallet (sold separately) to “punch” in the stencils (10 different designs are suggested, but you can get creative).

The stencils are sharp enough to puncture a pumpkin but won’t harm human skin with just a touch, which makes them ideal if you have small children. It's great for kids 3 and up, with adult supervision.

Reviewers say that “adult assistance is definitely still needed,” but the set “takes a lot of the tedious work out of pumpkin carving.”

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5) FunWorld Pumpkin Carving Kit

$9.99

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This set includes several key tools, including carvers and a scooper, but what really makes it stand out from the pack are the 10 carving patterns and marker that help inexperienced carvers look like Pumpkin Masters. This set is great for kids ages 9 and up, with adult supervision.

Reviewers say the “kit makes carving so easy! The little knives were the perfect tools, and everyone seemed terribly impressed with the result too.”

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6) Pumpkin Master Pumpkin Carving Kit

$5.99

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This set is great for younger children (4 and up) with plenty of adult supervision. While there are sharp tools in the set, there is a plastic-only scoop and carver so your younger children can have some ownership over the carving process. The kit also includes 10 fun patterns.

One reviewer calls the set “awesome,” another says they “won’t use anything else,” but some complain that the plastic-only tools seem “cheap.”

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7) EZIK 3-Piece Pumpkin Carving Kit Tools

$9.99

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This heavy-duty pumpkin carving set is made from high-quality steel, and is best for adult use, ages 16 and up.

While the set only contains three pieces, the single-sided engraving saw, pumpkin scooper and etching tool are sharp and deliver precise, pro-level results.

Reviewers love the precision and high level of design possible with these simple and straightforward tools, but warn that they are very sharp and will cause injury if not used properly.

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8) SKINOSM Pumpkin Carving Kit

$7.99

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This budget-priced kit offers incredible bang for the buck with 42 pieces in total, including a pumpkin cooper, one large saw, one small saw, one scraper, one drill, one poker wheel, six LED candles, 10 carving stencils and 20 unique cellophane candy bags.

This kit is also safety oriented for kids, and doesn't contain sharp blades, making them ideal for large families and kids ages 4 years and up with adult supervision.

One reviewer writes that they’re “extremely happy with this product,” while another notes that “though the small knives bend depending on how you’re angling the cut, most of the equipment held up and worked well.”

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