Where to Carve Pumpkins (and Leave the Mess) in the Twin Cities

Pumpkin with a bowl of pumpkin guts: "Where to Carve Pumpkins"

A few years ago, I started looking for ways my family could do fun holiday traditions, but not in our tiny house. I don’t want to cheat my kids out of holiday traditions like pumpkin carving, egg dying and Christmas cookie making. I just don’t really have the space for the mess. So we set out to find places to do these things together as a family. The following is a list of places to carve pumpkins in the Twin Cities that families can attend together and then leave the mess behind. When we have attended these events pumpkins and all tools – blade, x-acto knife, scraper, spoon, etc. – have all been provided. We just needed to show up in clothes that could get messy.

The downside of carving elsewhere is that you don’t generally get to keep the insides of the pumpkin, so if you want something like pumpkin pie or pumpkin soup, you may need to buy some canned pumpkin for your recipes. However, if you ask, they might even let you take home a baggy of pumpkin seeds to roast later.

Three kids showing off their carved pumpkins as a toddler looks on
Newly carved pumpkins brought home and displayed on the porch

2022 Opportunities to Decorate or Carve Pumpkins

Paint Pumpkins at Color Me Mine

3324 Promenade Avenue, Suite 100, Eagan, MN 55121; 651-454-4099
12155 Elm Creek Blvd., Maple Grove MN 55369; 763-420-0005
9140 Hudson Rd F511, Woodbury, MN 55125; 651-717-5663
When: Available Now! Call the location nearest you for studio times.
Cost: Prices vary by piece.
Ages: All
Choose from a selection of pumpkin pottery pieces to design your way. The studio will fire your creation for lasting home decor to share every year.

Pumpkin Painting

Phalen Rec Center, 1000 E. Wheelock, Saint Paul, MN, 5510; (651) 793-6600
When: October 12, 2022; 5:30-7:30pm.
Cost: $10/pp (Register Here).
Ages: 10-17
Pumpkin painting, music and snacks.

Find & Decorate Mini Pumpkins at Woodbury’s Halloween Hoopla

Ojibway Park, 2695 Ojibway Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125; (651) 714-3583
When: October 15, 2022; 3-5pm.
Cost: $12/child (Registration Required for Activity #550913-02).
Ages: 2-12 with adult.
If a mini pumpkin is all you need and you would like to mix up your pumpkin decorating with other Halloween family fun, then sign up for Halloween Hoopla, where kids can also trick-or-treat for candy, make crafts, play games and pose in a photo booth.

Harvest to Halloween at the Barn

Riley Lake Park, 9180 Riley Lake Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344; 952-949-8333
When: Saturday, October 15, 2022;⋅2:00 – 5:00pm
Cost: Free
Ages: All
More details for this year’s event are coming, but this Halloween celebration has included pumpkin decorating among other seasonal family activities in the past.

Help Springbrook Nature Center carve pumpkins for Pumpkin Night in the Park

Springbrook Nature Center, 100 85th Ave NW, Fridley, MN 55432; 763-572-3588
When: October 16th-20th; Sunday Noon – 4pm; Monday-Thursday 4pm-8pm.
Cost: FREE Volunteer Event.
Ages: No ages specified, but this may be best to do with bigger kids
Springbrook plans to have 1000 jack-o-lanterns at its annual Pumpkin Night in the Park on October 22nd and they need help carving. Sign up with a group or as a family for this fun event. Each time slot has room for 30 carvers. This could be a fun volunteer event for teens/tweens.

Mini Pumpkin Party

Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E St. Anthony, MN 55421; 763-694-7707
When: October 19, 2022; 6pm-8pm.
Cost:  $5/pp; Discounts for groups of 4 or more (Register Here)
Ages: All. Kids must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Materials and guidance provided to decorate one miniature pumpkin. Refreshments also provided.

Paint a Pumpkin

Linden Hills Park, 3100 43rd St W., Minneapolis, MN 55410; 612-370-4913
When: October 20, 2022; 10:30-11:30 (ages 3-6) or 2pm-3pm (ages 6-13).
Cost:  $8-$12/child (Register Here for 10:30am)(Register Here for 2pm)
Ages: 3-13 with adult.
This is a parent-child program. Paint and tools will be provided for kids to create their painted pumpkin. Dress for paint instead of pulp for this event.

Family Pumpkin Carving Night

Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408; 612-370-4907
When: October 20, 2022; 6pm-7:30pm.
Cost:  $20-$30 (Register Here)
Ages: 6+
Dress for outdoor and messy pumpkin carving. Rain date is October 27th.

Youthline School Release Day Pumpkin Carving

Windom South Park, 5843 Wentworth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419; 612-370-4980
When: October 21, 2022; 3pm-5pm.
Cost: Free (Register Here)
Ages: 11-17
No need to buy a pumpkin carving kit. Kids can carve pumpkins during this MEA break event and then take home their jack-o-lantern to display.

4 Kids with Halloween Pumpkins They Carved at Bottineau Park, Minneapolis, MN
Bottineau Park Halloween Pumpkin Carving

School Release Day Pumpkin Carving

East Phillips Park2307 17th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55404; (612) 370-4888
When: October 21, 2022; 2pm-4:30pm.
Cost: Free (Register Here)
Ages: 5-17
Kids can carve or decorate pumpkins to bring home during this day off of school. Pumpkin carving tools provided.

Pumpkins Program

Eden Prairie Outdoor Center,  13765 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie, MN 55347; 952-949-8479
When: October 22, 2022; 6:30-8pm.
Cost: $12/child (Registration Required).
Ages: 5+
Get a history lesson on pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns, and then carve your own to take home. Pumpkins, stencil and tools provided. This event is for kids ages 5+ with an adult.

Pumpkins & Power Tools – Big Lake

Lupulin Brewing, 570 Humboldt Drive Suite 107, Big Lake, MN 55309
When: October 22, 2022; 11am-1:30pm
Cost: FREE.
Ages: Family-Friendly, but there will be power tools.
Because sometimes a kitchen knife won’t do it and you need a little drill power! The Minnesota Tool Library is planning its annual Pumpkins & Power Tools event at Lupulin Brewing in Big Lake this year. That is all I have for information thus far. Past events have been family-friendly and FREE and include the use of MTL’s tools – drills, drill bits, linoleum cutters, awl, etc. Proceeds from your food and beverage purchases support the mission of the tool library. 

Erupting Pumpkins

Battle Creek Rec Center, 75 S. Winthrop, Saint Paul, MN 55119; 651-501-6347
When: October 24, 2022; 6p-7:30pm.
Cost: $5 (Register Here)
Ages: 8-15
Add some STEM fun to your pumpkin carving. After kids have cut and carved their pumpkins, they will make them erupt. Hopefully, there will still be something to bring home?

Pumpkin Carving & Treats

Highwood Hills Rec Center, 2188 Londin Lane, Saint Paul, MN 55119; 612-266-6391
When: October 25, 2022; 5pm-6:30pm.
Cost: FREE (Register Here)
Ages: 7-15
Cut and carve pumpkins. Treats provided.

Pumpkin Decorating

Loring Park, 1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403; 612-370-4929
When: October 26, 2022; 6pm-7:30pm.
Cost: $5.00 (Register Here)
Ages: All ages
Pumpkin decorating party. Tools, pumpkins and treats provided by the park.

Youthline Pumpkin Carving

Stewart Park, 2700 12th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407; 612-370-4932
When: October 31, 2022; 5pm-7pm.
Cost: Free (Register Here)
Ages: 9-15
All attendees will receive a small pumpkins. Art supplies and decorations provided.

Keep Checking Back!

We will add more opportunities for pumpkin gutting as they are shared with us. We expect to see many last minute additions from pumpkin farms, farmers markets and other smaller venues.

Girl with pumpkin at the pumpkin decorating station at Lowertown Farmers Market in St. Paul, Minnesota
Image courtesy of St. Paul Farmers Market

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