Puking Pumpkin




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Tired of those same old pumpkin carvings year after year? Try something new this Halloween with the puking pumpkin!  It's simple, only takes a few minutes to pull off, and is just as fun and entertaining for kids as it is for adults. 

The phobia name for the fear of puking is emetophobia.  You know you've found a good pumpkin carving theme when it has its own official medical terminology and self help website - http://fearofvomiting.com/!

If one puking pumpkin isn't enough for you, check out Schooniedude's How to Make an Awesome Pumpkin Instructable.


Step 1: Materials

Making your own puking pumpkin really isn't any different from carving any other type of pumpkin.  All you need is:
  • a pumpkin or two
  • a permanent marker
  • various sharp small knives (I'm using a Stanley utility hack saw in some of the photos)
  • a spoon
  • a bowl

Step 2: Draw a Scary Puke Face

The puking pumpkin starts just like all other pumpkin carving adventures begin - by grabbing a marker and sketching out an outline to follow when it comes time to cut out the design.

Try to imagine that face that you make while you're vomiting, then, try to draw that face on the pumpkin.

Step 3: Pop the Top

Use a sharp knife to carefully remove the top of the pumpkin.  If possible, try to cut on a slight angle so that the top fits back inside like a wedge or cork and doesn't fall in. 

This will likely happen on its own, even if you're not trying, and if you've ever carved a pumpkin before, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.

Step 4: Scoop the Puke...

...I mean pumpkin.  No, the puking pumpkin doesn't use real vomit, although, it could if you have access to some and want to up the anti a bit. 

Instead, you can use the stringy bits and seeds that you scrape out from the inside.  They're pretty wet and unruly on their own, and when you arrange them shooting out of the pumpkin's gaping mouth, they can really look like pumpkin puke.

Step 5: Cut on the Line

The next step is to use a variety of small sharp knives to cut along the marker line that you drew and remove chunks of your pumpkin.  Be careful in this step - who knows how much blood has been lost do to wayward pumpkin carving knives. 

I carved my pumpkin using both a small paring knife, and a hand held hack saw made by Stanley.  The hack saw works surprisingly well for gentle curves and straightaways.

Step 6: Arrange the Vomit

Reach into that big bowl of pumpkin bits that you scooped out earlier and pick out the longest stringiest parts.  Take a big handful of them and shove them into the pumpkin leaving a good amount of them hanging out of the pumpkin's mouth.  Arrange it to look as much like vomit as possible.

Step 7: Place Strategically

Place your puking pumpkin someplace strategic.  Think about all the different places one can vomit for a minute or two and see what moves you.  There are so many possibilities...
  • by a bottle of alcohol
  • next to a trash can
  • in a hospital
  • outside a bar
  • in an alley
  • by a rotting fish
  • looking at another pumpkin, that happens to be puking
Or, my personal favorite puke spot, which I've chosen to show in this Instructable - into a toilet bowl.



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    24 Discussions


    4 years ago

    I love it!! My daughter is carving her own puking pumpkin right now. Even out here in the sticks we r going to show Halloween fun!

    XD i did a similar thing with tangerines XD

    heres the link to it:


    7 years ago on Step 7

    awesome. Dude it looks so real! i have 2 days to get a pumpkin and do this.


    Gonna see if I can make this for my sister. She loves strange halloween decorations, this'll be nice for her! :D


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I remember this from last year, but I didn't comment.

    My school is having a pumpkin carving contest this year, and this is sure to win.

    Great 'ible, 5 stars.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Alas, even our pumpkin friends end up having a bit too much candy on Halloween night.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! im suprised this instructable doesnt have more comments. anyway, very good job on this, im going to use this for 1 of my pumpkins this year. the face u made is also really good, and i wouldnt change it to anything else. 5*


    9 years ago on Introduction

    That reminds me of the time..never mind yall get the picture.


    9 years ago on Step 7

     that's the most awesome thing i've seen today.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    You can kick up the vomit a notch by adding some peas, corn, different colored dried beans, etc.  rocklocker

     ive done this 2 times now

    the one puking in the cup was from 08 the one puking on the other ones head is this years


    9 years ago on Introduction

     What's the shelf life of that thang after you pop open the top? Does it need to be refrigerated after opening?

    We had a composting mess one year when it was still really humid in the house and the jack-o-lantern never really dried out.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    The shelf life would probably depend on what the relative humidity was.  It would probably last longer in New Orleans than it would in Tucson.  I just wouldn't want that to be sitting in the bathroom toilet, though.  If someone was already feeling woozy, that could push them over the edge.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    lol, i did this last year and put it on my front step with an empty 40 of smirnof beside it!!!


    9 years ago on Introduction

     The same idea was in a newspaper comic strip. In Foxtrot, Jason carves a puking pumpkin to protest his moms healthy treats for trick or treaters.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I like it's face :P
    The picture in step 3 reminds me of biology class today... But it was a deer instead of a pumpkin...