VIDEOS: How To Carve A Radioactive Glowing Pumpkin For Halloween

A radioactive pumpkin made with glow sticks and artistically carved by Tom NardoneHave you ever wanted to carve a pumpkin that looks super-psychedelic and radioactive with glowing green goo spewing out of it?

The following 4 videos and instructions by Tom Nardone of show you how to do just that!


What you need:

  • One ugly, odd-shaped pumpkin
  • Several non-toxic glow sticks (at least 5)
  • Drywall saw
  • Heavy-duty scissors or garden shears
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Pumpkin carving tools (or a jigsaw)
  • Dry erase markers


How to do it:

  • Gut the pumpkin from the top (or bottom if the top is the best looking part of the pumpkin) using a drywall knife.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to remove the seeds and strings from the inside of your pumpkin, as well as from the lid of your pumpkin.
  • Draw a ‘radioactive’ symbol on your pumpkin using a dry erase marker.
  • Then, draw your pumpkin’s facial features below that — as if the pumpkin is looking up at the radioactive mess.
  • Using a pumpkin carving tool (or a jigsaw), start carving out along the lines you’ve drawn.
  • Next, shave off some of the pumpkin skin from the pupils of your pumpkin’s eyeballs by lightly scraping the skin off the surface of the pumpkin, or use a dremel.
  • One-by-one, break and then shake a few glow sticks to activate their glow. Place one or 2 entire glow sticks inside the pumpkin to illuminate your pumpkin face from afar.
  • Finally, break, shake, and the cut the top off of a couple more glow sticks so you can pour the goo down the outside of your pumpkin’s face — working from top to bottom.


Step-by-step video instructions:

Now, see how to carve your own radioactive glowing pumpkin using these step-by-step videos:


Radioactive Pumpkin Video #1

Radioactive Pumpkin Video #2


Radioactive Pumpkin Video #3


Radioactive Pumpkin Video #4

Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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