Halloween fun: Dinotrux Pumpkin Carving

I’ve been counting down the days until half-term as M has been super-tired from school and definitely needs some R&R to recharge his batteries. Not only that, I’ve also taken the week off work to spend some time with the boys too. I’ve been mindful not to plan too much in this week and so far, we have been enjoying lazy mornings in our PJs with a small activity in the afternoon.

With Halloween coming up, the boys have been asking me when we’ll go Trick or Treating and more importantly when we’ll start carving our pumpkins. I’ve been carving pumpkins for Halloween since before E was born so it’s become a bit of tradition. Over the last few years, the boys have enjoyed picking out which designs they’d like and I’d get to work. We’ve previously had Jack O’ Lanterns, Witches, Minecraft and Paranorman.

This year we decided to do something a little different and go with a Dinotrux theme as the boys have been watching the show on POP for a while now.

Catch Dinotrux on POP


If you’ve not heard of Dinotrux before you can meet the awesome Dinotrux team in more Season 1 episodes on POP this month (from 30th November you can catch it at the weekend from 7:00am and weekdays from 10:30am). Introducing Ty Rux and his buddy Revvit who join forces with the giant Dinotrux team that are half dinosaur, half construction truck and full-on fun! There’s also the Reptools, who are little guys who are half reptile, half tool and very helpful. Together the Dinotrux and the Reptools build a bigger, better world and battle back against the biggest and baddest of all: D-Structs, who threatens to wreck everything they’ve built.

Dinotrux Pumpkin Carving

E was especially keen to give the Dinotrux carving a try and so we spent an afternoon doing just that. I let the boys have free reign over picking their pumpkins and we have ended up with the biggest ones we’ve ever had!

I made sure I downloaded the Dinotrux Pumpkins templates from the POP website beforehand and we got stuck in with hollowing out our pumpkins. The instructions suggested cutting a hole out of the bottom of the pumpkins but we have always found it easier cutting the top off instead as we’d still have a flat surface to be able to scoop the flesh of the pumpkins out.


Once that was done, we stuck our templates on with sellotape and used the needle tool to trace our design onto the pumpkin by poking holes along the dotted lines.


After we finished tracing the template it was then time to use the carving tool to cut the pieces out.

We then popped a battery operated tealight inside so we could see the results of our efforts – what do you think?


The boys love the fact that their pumpkins are so different this year. If you fancy giving these a go yourself, you can download the templates from the POP website.

Dinotrux is on POP from 30th November weekends from 7:00am and weekdays from 10:30am

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*In collaboration with Sony TV / Pop

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12 Comments

  1. wow this cartoon looks right up my street! I didn’t know this was the way to prepare a pumpkin for Halloween! It looks way easier than what I thought!

  2. You done so well these pumpkins look fabulous! I’ve not watched Dinotrux but the pumpkins definitely look like the characters! I hoped the boys like them x

  3. They look absolutely fantastic! Dinotrux is new on me but my daughter is only 1 – sounds great!

  4. Wow, amazing carvings! I have never used a template but will this year after seeing how your pumpkins have turned out. Polly x

  5. Aww looks like you guys had loads of fun 🙂

  6. Wow these are brilliant!! I really need to buy a pumpkin or two before they all sell out!

  7. They are super cute – I hate scary pumpkins they are not fun for little ones.

  8. These look really good. Well done on making them & sounds like a good show too x

  9. G loves cars and trucks and he loved dinos but I can’t get him into this at the moment. To be honest if it’s not law patrol or cbeebies he isn’t interested. Fab fab pumpkins though. And I know how how it’s done. Honestly didn’t have a clue x

  10. What fab pumpkins! We’re Dinotrux fans in this house too. Wouldn’t have thought to use them as Pumpkin ideas though.

  11. We are huge dinotrux fans – might have to do this with our last pumpkin!!

  12. Oh wow, my eldest loves Dinotrux! We have another pumpkin to do too…

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