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Halloween How-To: Carve Pumpkins Like A Disney Pro

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Lon Smart, a Creative Concept Artist for Disney Parks, has a very cool job this time of year. He gets to design a lot of the pumpkins you see on Main Street, U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

We recently visited with Lon to get some of his go-to carving tricks, which include: using a dry erase marker to draw (and easily erase mistakes) on your pumpkin, choosing items like bike lights or glow sticks to light a pumpkin, and giving a pumpkin extra character by adding paint or accessories.

Check out more of his tips below.

Lon also shared some downloadable templates you can cut out and use to create your own expressive pumpkin. Check those out below.


Be sure to check out the terms of use before you download it.

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  • What great amazing pumpkin carving tips ♡♡♡ Lon is an amazing individual. Happy Halloween

  • Oh my gosh, I LOVE Lon Smart!!!! I got a chance to meet him when I was a teenager (and he was *just* a young animator) during the Pocahontas movie tour. To promote the upcoming film, Disney came to our local mall on Long Island, NY and needed volunteers. They tapped the local Girl Scout council, and we got to help out. I was such a great weekend, and I have Lon’s autograph on a Pocahontas trading card. It’s one of my most prized Disney souvenirs. I knew he was still working for WDW, but it’s pretty nifty to see him in the video!!!!

  • Wow! Excellent pumpkin carving tips- happy Halloween! ✨

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