Every Fall we host a MASSIVE pumpkin carving party for family and friends and it is one of our most cherished Fall traditions. Thanks to the global pandemic we have had to switch gears a bit, but that doesn’t mean that we still can’t have pumpkin-carving fun with family and friends from a safe distance. In fact, being socially distant and having more time to focus on pumpkins might even make our creations ever MORE impressive. So with that positive thought in mind, read on for How to Host a Virtual Pumpkin Carving Party.
One of the best things about planning a virtual party is that you don’t have to stress out about cleaning and setting up like you usually do when entertaining. Instead, you just need to make sure you send out a detailed invitation, touch base with friends for photos of their pumpkin creations, and encourage them to VOTE (I mean, if all of the current political ads on television and social media don’t remind them to vote I don’t know what will!). It’s really simple and can be a fun way for people to reconnect and get into the spooky spirit.
Virtual Pumpkin Carving Party Invitation Inspo
I created a Virtual Pumpkin Carving Party invitation template here, but don’t forget to add dates and specific information like your email address so that your virtual guests have all of the necessary details.
And if you are like me and hate dealing with pumpkin goop, open up your Virtual Pumpkin Carving Party to no-carve creations as well! I mean, you can’t go wrong with a succulent pumpkin and if you have been on my Instagram account, you know that I have been living my best Fall-loving life by adding accent florals and other trinkets to mini pumpkins with my glue gun.
Virtual Pumpkin Carving Party Options
I recommend giving guests at least one week to find the perfect pumpkin and craft it to their liking. Since this is a Virtual Pumpkin Carving Party and just about EVERYTHING has become virtual, you have a few different options when hosting your party:
- Create a Facebook Group or Facebook Event for your party so that participants can chat, share photos, vote, etc. all in one private online space.
- Host a Zoom meeting that all participants attend. Families can present their pumpkin to the group in their own creative way and your Zoom meeting can end with a vote for the scariest, most creative, funniest, etc. entries.
- Keep the carvings confidential by tracking down a photo from each participant and as the host creating a collage (Canva is a great, free option to create collages) for voting and tallying the entries yourself.
Hosting your Virtual Pumpkin Carving Party on one of the days or nights leading up to Halloween is a great way to get everyone excited for the holiday, especially if trick-or-treating isn’t allowed in their area.
Virtual Pumpkin Carving Party Categories
While some people might be great at carving pumpkins like the experts behind Chicago Botanic Garden’s Night of 1,000 Jack-O-Lanterns, other people (especially kids) might not be. So setting up different categories for your Virtual Pumpkin Carving Party will undoubtedly make it more fun for everyone. Some suggested categories:
- Scariest Pumpkin
- Most Unique Pumpkin
- Cutest Pumpkin
- Best Carved Pumpkin
- Best “No Carve” Pumpkin
- Funniest Pumpkin
- Most “Pinterest Perfect” Pumpkin
Obviously you can come up with any categories you prefer, but I would recommend that you keep it positive and PG if families are participating.
Hopefully next year we can return to our traditional Pumpkin Carving Party, but until then we will wear our cozy, matching Halloween pajamas, enjoy some spooky snacks, and connect with friends and families virtually this Halloween season.
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