Fall brings crisp air, piles of colorful leaves, and farmer's markets with an abundance of squash varieties. It also means that pumpkins are everywhere—from spiced lattes to doorstep decor, these seasonal gourds are the season's unofficial mascot. Whether you're planning on decorating your pumpkins as spooky jack-o'-lanterns or using them in a delicious pie, you'll need the right tools for carving. Luckily, Amazon shoppers have found an easy solution with this best-selling reusable kit.
The Pumpkin Punchers carving set comes with 24 stainless steel stencils that are dishwasher-safe, so cleanup is quick and easy, and can be combined to make up to 31 different designs. To use them, simply lay out the pattern you want to create and then position them onto your pumpkin one at a time. Once the stencil is where you want it, you can punch it into place with a rubber mallet or hammer (which needs to be purchased separately). The stencils act like cookie cutters by carving out an outline and releasing the excess inside your pumpkin.
This cookie-cutter method makes it easier to carve pumpkins by avoiding outlining the design with a million tiny holes, and also makes it safer because you're not sawing each piece out with flimsy, dull knives. "[This is a] brilliant way to carve pumpkins," one five-star reviewer said. "[It] provided for lots of family fun without anyone getting frustrated."
Best of all, you won't need to buy a new carving kit every year. While some shoppers found that the stencils got a little warped if they were hit with enough force, others mentioned that they were "sturdy" and "won't bend" when they are gently pushed into the pumpkin with a rubber mallet.
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To buy: Pumpkin Punchers Pumpkin Carving Kit, $25 at amazon.com
Another customer had fun using the kit with their kids: "Decided to order it to carve pumpkins with my kids who range in ages from 3 to 10," they wrote. "We started the piece in the pumpkin for the kids (so we didn't get hit in the fingers with the mallet) and let them hammer the rest of the way. They had a blast and we didn't have to worry about cutting fingers with knives, and they got to be a part of the carving process. It even came with a design guide."
With this year's spooky season in full swing, now's the time to add this unique pumpkin carving kit to your cart. It's sure to be a smashing good time.