How to carve Lighting McQueen, Sofia the First and Minion Pumpkins

Last updated on November 19th, 2023 at 12:26 am

I love a good holiday tradition no matter what that holiday may be. When I got married I looked forward to the time where I would have kids to start my own family traditions as my own mother did with us. My two toddlers are now at the age where they understand what the holidays are about for the most part and can really get more involved in making family traditions.

Halloween is one of those holidays we really like to go all out. I swear the entire month of October, we are doing something to celebrate the upcoming trick or treat festivities. We baking pumpkin cupcakes, we visit pumpkin patches to pick our own pumpkins, we go shopping for coordinating costumes, we challenge ourselves (mostly mommy) to carve the most difficult, favorite cartoon characters the kids can think of, roast pumpkin seeds, decorate the house and it all comes down to the last day where we finally trick or treat. 

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Our pumpkin carving day is probably the biggest tradition of them all. After we have stomped through the pumpkin fields at a nearby farm and picked the perfect pumpkin we get them home to carve. The kids love gutting out the pumpkins and washing them to make Roasted Pumpkin Seeds to eat later. I get to work tracing and carving the pumpkins while the seeds bake and then we all settle down to watch a nice Halloween movie and eat our pumpkin seeds together. Each year, it seems like a bigger deal to them and they get more into the festivities with me as they get older. I absolutely love celebrating Halloween with them. 

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This year we even adorned these gorgeous Halloween t-shirts from Zazzle while we celebrated carving day. The kids looked absolutely adorable in their his and her style of the same t-shirt. Zazzle have hundreds of Halloween styles, designs and patterns to choose from. I think, I will be adding our Halloween t-shirt wearing on this special carving day to our Halloween family tradition. It’s like novelty Christmas sweaters for Halloween. What a great idea. I am a huge kid at heart and a secret huge fan of Harry Potter so my “Muggles” t-shirt was a perfect fit for me. I even wore it the other day with a nice black blazer and heels and got a lot of compliments on it. 

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I hope that my kids grow up and have fond memories of our holidays together and pass some of these traditions down to their own children as I have done. It’s a great excuse to get creative and have family days out at the pumpkin patch or messy play in the pumpkin seeds before you roast them for a delicious snack. Kids love doing something a little bit different and even my two loved dressing up for the part. They haven’t taken their Halloween t-shirts off all week. It really made the carving day feel like Halloween. The longer you can stretch out each holiday, I say the more fun you will have together as a family. It’s fun to celebrate things together. 

Do you have a Halloween family tradition? Is there anything specific you look forward to doing with your kids each holiday as it comes around in preparation? I would love to hear your stories, comment below. 

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How to carve Lighting McQueen, Sofia the First, and Minion Pumpkin

This Halloween the kids have asked me to carve them Lighting McQueen and Sofia the First pumpkins and well, I had to throw a famous Minion in there for myself. I love carving pumpkins, no matter how challenging the face is. I think I even got a little competitive when I was growing up with it. Last year, I carved Olaf and Doc McStuffins and the kids squealed with delight. Check out how to carve these characters below and please let me know what you think of my tutorial or give it a happy thumbs up.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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79 thoughts on “How to carve Lighting McQueen, Sofia the First and Minion Pumpkins”

  1. Such a gorgeous post, we love carving pumpkins too (and loving your style and no junk pics too)-I love Autumn. Your children are so similar they look like non identical twins-amazing. My Dad always says Peter and I reproduce the same child although my kids look different in my opinion. Happy Halloween

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    • Ahh thank you hunny so sweet of you. Yes they really are looking more and more like identical twins as MM gets taller. I think as they get older where the height isn’t a big factor like at 5/6 years old they really will look like twins. Everyone already asks me that. Love it.

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  2. That sounds like do much fun! We don’t really celebrate Halloween down under (I’m in NZ) though last year my son did go trick or treating with his cousins but it few and far between in finding houses who celebrate so we kind of just do a family hop. We definitely don’t do pumpkins! That is a foreign concept to us but looks like it could be fun! Messy but fun! In fact, I don’t even think we have pumpkin patches and not have I ever seen big orange ones like that here! Lol

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  3. Wow, you’re pumpkins look amazing! We love creating family traditions in our home aswell. We don’t celebrate Halloween, but Christmas is a big one for us, and also our annual holiday to the south of France. Our kids talk about what we’re going to get up to for months before and months afterwards! x P.S. your kids are sooo cute, and you are one gorgeous mama! #Sharewithme

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  4. Love those pumpkins. We haven’t started ours yet but have been busy making decorations. Halloween isn’t a big thing in Holland but like you I want to pass on my family traditions so we will be having a mini celebration although my kids won’t go trick or treating here. #sharewithme

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  5. Love those pumpkin designs this year – they look amazing.. Love the children’s Halloween T-shirts too. So lovely to enjoy family traditions together πŸ™‚

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  6. Creating family traditions has to be one of the nicest thing about having kids. Giving them all this pleasure and excitement.
    My toddler is 2 and 3 months and it’s only this year that he gets excited about things like his birthday and the upcoming Halloween. We’ve made some Halloween crafts and have pumpkin ready to carve so we’re all getting into the mood. I’m not sure we’ll do actual trick or treating. On the one hand I think he’s too young and on the other we avoid sweets.
    I love your pumpkins. I’m sure your kids were very impressed as well πŸ™‚

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  7. What a lovely idea roasting the seeds!! This is the first year we have carved a pumpkin. It’s nothing on your efforts! I wish I was more arty! The kids look like they’re really enjoying it! Xx #ShareWithMe

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  8. Oh my word Jenny! You’re amazing at carving pumpkins! This year I’m thinking more about Christmas to be honest but may have to buy a pumpkin to carve, although I’m useless at it, teach me your ways! The littles look fab in their tops and I love yours (huge Harry Potter fan myself!) xx

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    • I am a huge fan of Potter so it was fitting hahaha Oh hunny watch my video it makes it so easy to carve pumpkins I promise. I am not crafty so if I can you can do it. πŸ™‚

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  9. I have never really done the pumpkin carving thing. Well, I have done it but it certainly not a tradition. I’m not sure about this year…. I remember at uni one year though, a friend decided to carve out a turnip (swede) as she didn’t have a pumpkin. She put a candle in it and absolutely stunk the place out lol! Not a good idea! Thanks for hosting.

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  10. Oh wow your pumpkins are absolutely awesome!!!! You are so talented. What creative designs. I adore the muggles t-shirt too. I’d definitely wear this with skinny jeans and boots too. I love Halloween, I wish we did as much as you, it sounds like you have such a fun build up to Halloween. I’d love it if we had pumpkin patches near us. It must be fun choosing your own. Thank you for hosting #sharewithme x

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  11. Hi! My son is on holiday next week so I have promised him we will do some pumpkin carving and painting together and heΒ΄s so excited. Our tradition is a Halloween party weΒ΄ve done every year since Oliver was born. We decorate the house together and he chooses friends and their families to come over and celebrate the 31st with us! I hope our pumpkins turn out as good as yours!

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    • Thank you so much Becky, so sweet of you to say. We love good family traditions. We had so much fun this year as the kids get older they get more involved.

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  12. Amazing pumpkins and great method of doing so. I am excited to start a tradition like this with my little guy. Thank you for sharing and hosting! #sharewithme

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  13. I love your tradition! I just started this pumpkin picking/carving with my daughter last year and we hope to continue it as she grows older as well.

    MM and B are growing up so fast! I love their shirts (and yours as well). Perfect time to adorn them

    Love your tutorial. We’ll definitely be using the dot method to make it carving next year. Thanks so much for sharing, Jenny & for hosting us on #sharewithme this week!

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    • Thank you so much Maria, it was a great weekend full of Pumpkin adventures. It gets better as they get older for sure. Thanks for watching my tutorial too. Glad you liked it. Always like to pass on the tricks of trick or treat. πŸ™‚

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  14. Love the idea of the t-shirts and the family tradition. I am thinking that we should do that with our family – thanks for the suggestion. Also we are carving our pumpkins this weekend and always resorted to the “typical” carving but what an easy way to carve different characters. I always wondered how others had done it and thought they were just more artistic than I was. Thanks for the tutorial – looks fairly straight forward and I’m definitely going to try it this weekend with my little one. She would love having her favourite princess on the pumpkin she picked out!

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    • It’s never too late to start a family tradition and let the festivities begin. It’s such an easy way to carve them I hope you will try something challenging this year too. I am NO artistic what so ever, I can’t draw a stick person. lol I hope you tag me in a photo on social media so I can see what you made.

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  15. I so look forward to a couple of years time when my daughter is old enough to understand the holidays! Currently she’s only 9 months old and has no idea what is going on but on halloween she will still be dressed ridiculously! haha. Your pumpkins look awesome by the way! #sharewithme

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    • It’s fun as they get older and slowly start to understand each holiday and get invovled with it. We are still board line with MM but B is hilarious now on holidays.Thank you so much we had fun with them this year.

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  16. Very well carved pumpkins, which is something I did as a kid. Even so, but I’m gonna break your heart. I just do don’t Halloween. I really don’t like it so try to ignore it! Then again, it’s a much bigger thing for those from the other side of the Atlantic. Thanks for hosting #ShareWithMe

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    • Yes it really is a big deal back home. I am a total scaredy cat so I don’t like the scary costumes and the spookiness but the festivities leading up to it and a good halloween party I am in.

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  17. Those pumpkins are amazing Jenny! We haven’t done too much yet this year, we’ve got a lot of work going on at the house, so we can’t decorate the outside, and the knock on is of course chaos on the inside too… so I’m whatever the ‘bah humbug’ is for Halloween right now πŸ™‚ I will find the kids Halloween t-shirts though!

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    • Ahhh it was a fun challenge and glad they came out. The kids were so excited for them showing anyone that would come over. Too cute. Enjoy it however it comes out darling. Decorate the boxes hahaha Happy Halloween.

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  18. Halloween is absolutely my favorite holiday. And I feel the same about sharing and creating traditions with your family and getting everyone into the holiday spirit. We have been lucky so far with a warm fall and have been spending lots of time outside and on hikes with amazing views of the fall foliage. This is also the first year my 16 month old daughter will trick-or-treat which is super exciting (for me.. she will probably care less.. haha). We will just take her to a few neighbors homes and then eat all of her candy!
    #sharewithme

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  19. Halloween was never a big deal growing up, but I’ve always loved horror films and I used to get really inspired by all the house decorations and costumes you saw in US films set around Halloween. I’m really hoping we can create some family traditions as Marianna gets older. So far she’s just cried at every Halloween decoration she’s seen… πŸ™‚ #sharewithme

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  20. What a fantastic activity to do with the kids. You are very creative and talented. My hubby and I normally travel north and take part in a big geocache event. However, this creepy event is taking a break this year. We are hoping that next year it will be back and our daughter may enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for hosting #sharewithme

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  21. Love those pumpkin designs and those lovely matching shirts too, you all look amazing! We only do trick or treat on halloween, that’s all, nothing extra ordinary really… think I need to do more for the kids, just finding time to do it can be a struggle. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post! #sharewithme

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    • Thank you so much Cheryl. It’s all just starting traditions now as they are still so young but working our way to bigger things now. It’s tough so I always plan far ahead. Or I am the same no time.

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  22. Halloween isn’t the biggest deal in Scotland but this is the second year we’ve been invited to a party. I’m super excited as my son was born on Harry Potter’s birthday – so that basically has to forever be my theme. So he’s baby Harry this year, I have toddler Hermione and then death eater 10 year old! I was tempted to make an owl costume but then discovered Harry Potter onesies!

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    • Oh sad I love a good Halloween celebration. Maybe in a few years it will catch on. seems like in England they are doing more and more each year. That’s amazing your son was born on his birthday. I love that all his birthdays can be themed this. I was thinking of doing it for B’s and MM’s next joint birthday party. She can be Hermione. Lol

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  23. Love the carved pumpkins and the t-shirts. We’ve got no Halloween traditions as we don’t really bother with it as a holiday. But we have loads for Christmas and Easter. Have fun trick or treating!

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  24. Jenny I didn’t know you were a Harry Potter fan, why would you keep that secret! Haha, just makes me love you more and the t shirt is amazing. We love Halloween and although we get the boys involved in the picking we do the carving after bedtime so we can concentrate, serious business. Yours look so good and your kids are super cute xx

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    • Oh yes, I read each book from the first moment they came out way before the hype and the movies were even thought of. hahaha How sad am I? Glad it’s a bonus for you. Oh yes I let the kids do the guts and I do the rest at the time being too young. lol Thank you for your lovely comment darling.

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  25. I like Halloween, too, though I don’t manage to do quite as much as you do. Always make a big deal with costumes – usually making a lot of it myself. I have carved pumpkins a couple of times, only as an adult, and enjoyed it, but not done with the kids yet as they’re still a bit young. I saw the Muggles t shirt on Zazzle & loved it too! #sharewithme

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  26. I didn’t even know there were pumpkin patches in the UK! I love that the visit adds some nature to the holidays #sharewithme

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  27. Last year we carved a pumpkin for the first time and I loved it. But I managed to break the kiddycutter knife that was brilliant at cutting it, and I’ve not got round to buying a new carving set.

    I guess we’ll be buying a small pumpkin or 2 and maybe trying something more complicated (or just painting them!).

    It does confuse me calling halloween a holiday, because we don’t have one, it’s a normal day.

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    • Oh I usually just use a steak knife unless kids get involved than the kits are a must. lol You don’t have halloween oh no… it’s my fave holiday bless you.

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  28. Oh my goodness, those pumpkins are amazing Jenny! I remember seeing yours last year and thinking they were brilliant. I really don’t think I could do them – I’d cut out the wrong bit! All your festivities sound wonderful, what lovely ideas! We don’t really do much for Halloween but I might try a bit more this year xx

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    • Thank you so much darling. We love carving pumpkins and making a big fuss over them and our yearly halloween traditions. Oh you should make your own little traditions so fun.

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  29. Wowwee! These are amazing!! I finally had the chance to sit down and watch your video and I’m so impressed! These are definitely on my list for next year xx

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  30. I love the t-shirts! Especially yours. I can think of a few people who would like to get that as a Christmas present. I’m not a big fan of Halloween but do think pumpkin carving is a true art form. I’ve never attempted it! Yours look brilliant, Becky x #ShareWithMe

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    • Oh yes the Muggles team I love it. Who doesn’t love Harry Potter old or young? lol Oh becky I have an easy trick to carve great pumpkins check out my video. You could carve anything you wanted without being artistic. I can’t even draw stick people lol

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  31. Wow they look awesome, my kids go wild for anything to do with minions, just wondering if there’s something I could carve, similar to this, to display in my shop, but for a “all-year-round” decoration?

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    • If you use my easy simple steps you can carve anything out of a pumpkin! They only last a week than start to mold though not sure about all year round. πŸ™‚

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