This set of instructions will teach you how to make a unique Halloween decoration. The pumpkin totem pole is a fun, easy activity for friends and families to do for Halloween.

If you don't have a yard or don't want to make a large totem pole, you can simply follow these instructions with smaller pumpkins to create a centerpiece. There are endless options for pumpkin totem poles. You can use different pumpkin sizes to achieve a stacking effect (large pumpkins on the bottom, small pumpkins on top). You can paint the pumpkins, in addition to or instead of, carving a design. You can even "accessorize" your totem pole with hats, scarves, or any other object. Most importantly, be creative and have fun!

Note: Steps 2-9 will be repeated for each pumpkin.

Approximate Cost of Materials: $35-40
Estimated Completion Time: 2 hours or less

• 5 or more pumpkins
• Pumpkin carving knife or serrated carving knife
• 3 five-foot wooden stakes
• Hammer
• Outdoor Christmas lights (clear or multicolored)
• Newspaper 
• Tape measure (or a ruler)
• Extension cord
• Permanent marker
• Garbage can
• Large spoon
• Tape

For pumpkin design ideas, visit the following link:
Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Stencils

Step 1: Cover Work Area

Lay newspaper down on table or other large surface to avoid creating a mess from carving the pumpkins.
This is awesome! I am thinking for posts maybe some bamboo or lighter wood and a white string of lights so that it will blend in more. I can't wait to try it.
Thank you for the feedback! We also found that using wooden stakes would be better. Hope you enjoy making one!
Great idea =)

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