Forget jack-o-lanterns: This Toyota emblem pumpkin is where it’s at

Toyota emblem pumpkin carving for Halloween at Denny Menholt Toyota in Rapid City, South DakotaSure, jack-o-lanterns with their slightly toothless grins are a Halloween classic. But why not let your carved pumpkin reflect something that’s near and dear to you?

Like, say, your car.

You can download a stencil for the Toyota emblem here. (There are other cars to choose from too, but really?)

You can pick a pumpkin that fits the stencil or scale down your stencil if your pumpkin is on the small side.

Other materials you’ll need:

  • Carving saw
  • Scooper or large spoon
  • Tape
  • Push pins or radial tool
  • Small carving tool
  • Candle

Now let’s get carving!

Step 1: Place your pumpkin on a stable surface covered with newspapers or something else to catch the goo. Take a carving saw and cut a hole on the top of your pumpkin around the stem. Make sure the hole’s large enough to accommodate your whole hand plus a scooper or a large spoon.

Step 2: With your scooping tool, start removing all the inner goo and seeds. Make sure you’re left with a totally cleaned-out pumpkin that’s free of all seeds and strings. With a wet towel, cloth, or paper towel, wash off any dirt. Then, use a dry paper towel to dry your pumpkin.

Step 3: Tape the Toyota emblem onto your pumpkin. Then, mark your pattern. You can use push pins or a radial tool that comes in a lot of pumpkin-carving kits. Poke about every 1/8 inch on the outline of every highlighted area of your pumpkin. Note: This is a pretty tedious step, but make sure to take your time because it’s also a really important step. When you’re done poking the holes, you can remove the pattern from your pumpkin.

Step 4: It’s time to carve and cut! Take your smallest carving saw and start cutting out the marked areas, making sure you’re cutting all the way to the dotted lines. Take your time, especially for intricate areas so you don’t ruin your design.

Step 5: Once you’ve finished carving your pumpkin, place a candle (we’d recommend an LED one) inside your pumpkin. And that’s it! You’re now ready for trick-or-treaters to admire your handiwork!