This Pumpkin Carving Tool Makes Halloween Better Than Ever
Spooky season is the best. Fall weather, hot apple cider, shopping for costumes and, best of all, carving pumpkins. There's nothing like cutting into a giant, orange squash, scooping out handfuls of sticky pumpkin seeds and trying to one-up your relatives.
The only problem is that the youngest members of the family don't have a fighting chance. Kids can't carve a pumpkin on their own until they're at least 9 or 10. Even with help, most grade-schoolers find the art of jack-o'-lantern making more frustrating than fun.
This year, consider that problem solved. Everyone can join in the fun, even your 2-year-old. How? Two words: Pumpkin. Punchers.
Pumpkin Punchers make carving pumpkins safe and easy for the whole family.
If you're thinking, "Um, those look like cookie cutters for pumpkins," congrats. You're right.
Pumpkin Punchers are literally just giant, heavy-duty cookie cutters shaped like jack-o'-lantern faces.
And you get 24 of those design shapes, which are made out of stainless steel.
The faces come in all different shapes and sizes, so feel free to get creative.
Sure, they're cookie cutters, but that doesn't mean your pumpkin carvings have to all look the same. Where would the fun be in that?
Mix and match different eyes, noses, mouths and even eyebrows to make your pumpkin look silly, scary or anything in between.
There are design ideas included, but we recommend coming up with your own instead. Get creative. Want to add three eyes? Why not? There are no rules.
Using Pumpkin Punchers is so easy, a baby could do it.
Well, almost. Kids ages 3 and up will get the most enjoyment out of using the Pumpkin Punchers pumpkin carving kit, but even younger toddlers can help out. Using the punches is insanely easy.
Just pick out a punch, place it on the pumpkin where you'd like the shape to appear, and gently hammer it into the pumpkin with a rubber mallet (not included).
Kids might need a little help to get started, but it's super easy and infinitely safer than getting serrated pumpkin carving knives involved.
Plus, it's cathartic.
Feel like punching a wall? Punch a pumpkin instead. With a mallet.
It's so much less expensive than a trip to the emergency room and drywall repairs.
And your family will judge you for it way less.
No need to smash your phone. Don't let after-hours email notifications stress you out. Just smash a pumpkin instead of your phone.
When you're done, you can put its (adorable) remains on the front porch.
Even kids agree.
Going back to school is always an adjustment; kids get stressed too! One reviewer claims that carving pumpkins with Pumpkin Punchers helped her kiddo release some pent-up rage. No judgment here, kid. We feel ya.
"We loved this!" writes Jessica L. "It was easy to use and my 9-year-old said she enjoyed 'taking out her frustrations' by being able to hit the cutters with the rubber hammer. I had to help my 5- and 3-year-old, but they still liked it. We had three pumpkins of different sizes/thickness, and I could use these for all three. My only suggestion is next year to make a lot with something besides just faces (ghost, cat....etc)."
The pumpkin carving kit results speak for themselves.
How cute are these jack-o'-lanterns? It's hard to believe they were made by kids, but they were. While you're not going to win a grand prize for the most elaborate pumpkin carving, that's not the point.
The Pumpkin Punchers pumpkin carving kit was never intended to break pumpkin carving records. (Which do, in fact, exist. Because, of course, they do.) It was invented to take the stress out of pumpkin carving and make it easy for the entire family to make cute jack-o'-lanterns that actually, well, look like jack-o'-lanterns.
Technically, you could probably use these things to make Halloween cookies, too.
Pumpkin Punchers would make for some pretty giant sugar cookies, but have you ever heard a kid complain about a cookie being too big? No. No, you haven't.
After you're done carving pumpkins, clean off the pumpkin punches, break out the icing and sprinkles, and go nuts.
The reviews tell you everything you need to know about Pumpkin Punchers.
For example, they can take a beating, even with kids who lack finesse.
"Really impressed with this product. It’s exactly as advertised," said an Amazon Customer. "My little boy loved hammering in the pumpkin punchers, and he is anything but gentle. Which is why I’m so glad they were a lot sturdier than I expected. These have completely changed the way our family carved pumpkins!"
Pumpkin Punchers aren't perfect, but they come pretty close.
There are a couple of minor downsides of the Pumpkin Puncher pumpkin carving kit. First they only work with medium- or large-sized pumpkins. Otherwise, there wouldn't be enough room to punch out an entire face.
Some reviewers also mentioned that the punches bend if they're hit too hard. According to most reviews, however, that issue is easily remedied with a small dose of patience.
"Great product," said Norman E. "This worked really well. Our jack-o'-lanterns turned out great. They are very easy to use. Make sure you use a rubber mallet though, and just take your time. Make sure your pumpkin is a good size. If it’s small, these might not be the best. Both my daughters loved using them to create their masterpieces this year."
Check out how it works for yourself.
Sure, it's a promo video, but it's pretty obvious how easy the punches are to use. The company claims that your pumpkin carving traditions will be "forever changed," and honestly, they might be right.
The fact that tiny tots can help without risking anyone's finger tip or the tantrum of the season is a pretty solid selling point.
All in all, Pumpkin Punchers are game changers for family pumpkin carving nights.
A jack-o'-lantern carved with Pumpkin Punchers isn't going to win you a prize for the most artful winter squash design, but it will be super cute.
More importantly, it will be super fun to make, even for those whose fine motor control is, how shall we put it? Still pending.
Plus, each punch is barely over a dollar apiece, and they last for years. Halloween parenting FTW.