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13 Incredibly Detailed Disney-Inspired Pumpkin Carvings

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Looking on Pinterest for a little pumpkin carving inspiration? Stop your scrolling, and check out some of the most amazing, awe-inducing, jaw-dropping Disney-inspired pumpkins … straight from the park.

It’s Halloween Time at Disneyland and more than 300 elaborately carved or painted pumpkins are displayed along Main Street to celebrate this spooky season. Also on hand are professional carvers, who work their magic for guests as they pass by.

Ray, one of the three full-time carvers hired for the season, wore a cowboy hat and western-style shirt as he whittled away at a huge gourd. He’s been adding his own brand of pixie dust to the pumpkin festivities for the past nine years (when he isn’t in pumpkin carving season, he works for Disney’s animatronics department).

Here are some of his best tips to help you create your own pumpkin masterpiece at home:

Make sure to have the right tools

Don’t just use your kitchen knives; go to your local hardware store or supermarket and buy a set of tools specific to pumpkin carving. You can find them everywhere these days. Trust me, these will make the difference.

Use a template

There are preformatted templates for pumpkin carving that you can buy, or you can find your own image online and print it out (just make sure to format it to be the correct size for your pumpkin). Tape these on top of the pumpkin and use that as your guide.

Don’t carve through the entire flesh of the pumpkin

Think of it more like carving, taking off the top layers of skin and pumpkin to engrave your image but cutting out sections (like a classic Jack-O-Lantern) design.

Paint your pumpkin

You don’t have to carve your pumpkin, you can paint it and also glue accents on it. One bonus about doing it that way is that your pumpkin will last longer.

How will YOU decorate your pumpkin? Check out this gallery of ideas to get you started!

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