The clock doesn’t have to strike midnight to turn your dog into a pumpkin this Halloween! Just follow these simple steps to create a pup-tastic masterpiece in no time.

You’ll need:

  • Pumpkin
  • Serrated knife
  • Large spoon
  • Small knife or X-Acto blade
  • Pens/markers
  • Paper
  • Duct tape
  • Candle (preferably flameless)

Make a Doggie Jack-O-Lantern

  1. Grab your pumpkin and cut off the crown with a sharp serrated knife. Make sure your pup keeps his distance while you use those sharp tools!
  2. Use a large spoon (or your hands!) to scoop out the pumpkin seeds and fibers.
  3. Now it’s time to pup-ify your pumpkin. You can either:
  • Draw directly on the pumpkin. If you’re comfortable with going freehand, go ahead and draw a picture of your dog right on the outside of your pumpkin. Use a Sharpie or other felt pen to make sure you can see the lines.
  • Use a stencil. If you want to take your time and allow for do-overs, it’s a good idea to sketch a stencil of your dog that you can then tape to the outside of your pumpkin.
  1. Once your design is either drawn or taped onto your pumpkin, grab your small knife or X-Acto blade and get carving! Carefully carve along the lines you’ve laid out in your design.
  2. When you’ve finished, you should be left with an adorable – and a little spooky – tribute to your pup! The finishing touch is to light up your design from the inside. We recommend using a flameless candle to keep your pup from accidentally scorching himself.

Don’t forget to take a few photos of your pup and his matching pumpkin. Share them on social media and tag us using #HeroPetBrands – we can’t wait to see your creations!