Light the way for your neighborhood ghouls and goblins with festive trail lights
Small pumpkins (about 15” in diameter)
24” long by 5/8” round threaded rods (buy 1 extra for pounding holes in ground)
5/8” nuts- 2 per pumpkin trail light
3/4" washers- 2 per pumpkin trail light
Medium sized wrench
Flat black spray paint
3/4” wood gouge
Paring knife or keyhole saw
Linoleum cutting kit with different sized carving blades
Exacto knife kit with pointed accessory for outlining
Cut out Halloween Templates
Double sided tape
3” floating candle spheres- 1 per trail light
Power drill with 5/8" bit
1. Spray paint the threaded rods, nuts and washers.
2. Cut tops off of pumpkins and clean out pulp and seeds.
3. Cut around the base of stem of each and remove gently by pushing in from the backside of pumpkin tops. This is done for candle ventilation.
4. Using double sided tape, place template on area of pumpkins you want cut out and trace around template with Exacto accessory.
5. Using a thin linoleum carving blade, cut out the pattern traced on pumpkins.
6. Using the 3/4” wood gouge carve out the rest of your pattern deep enough light shines through but don’t carve all the way through the pumpkins (test in a dark bathroom). For stars and moons: Carve out your moon until deep enough that light shines through in the dark and then cut out your stars completely, going all the way through pumpkins. Be sure to carve and cut all sides of pumpkins.
7. Make a hole in bottom of pumpkins using a 5/8” drill bit.
8. Screw a nut onto one end of threaded rod and place washer on top of nut.
9. Thread rod into pumpkins by twisting, leaving just enough length to secure a washer and nut on the inside of pumpkins using a wrench.
10. Use the spare rod to hammer holes into ground when placing in yard. Place floating candles sphere inside pumpkins, place top back on pumpkins and light using a long necked lighter.