Halloween Competition Terms and Conditions - plus top tips for carving yours!

Halloween is approaching, and it’s no secret that Halloween is a favourite holiday for many. We’ve created a step-by-step guide on how to carve and decorate pumpkins for your Dandara home and front porch. These easy pumpkin carving techniques will have your neighbours envious!



 Decorating ideas: 

·      House number pumpkin – simply stencil your house number on your pumpkin
·      Stacked pumpkin message – Pick three short, wide pumpkins for a front porch display. Print the free pattern onto transfer paper and add one word per pumpkin.
Wheelbarrow filled with pumpkins, gourds, and pinecones



  You will need:

·      A small sharp serrated knife or pumpkin carving knife
·      A marker or pen
·      A stencil (optional)
·      All-purpose disinfectant
·      Large spoon 


Steps 1:
Start off with your ideal pumpkin. One that is not too small or big, and is fresh with a sturdy stem, no bruises, and a flat bottom so it won’t roll while carving. However, don't be put off by weird-shaped produce – the more uneven, knobbly, or bizarre the better, as it adds character to your creation. You can find your perfect pumpkin during this time of year in any local supermarket, or you can go to a farm that has a pumpkin field. Simply Google search ‘pumpkin farm/patch near (enter location)’.
Step 2:
Carve your pumpkin lid from the bottom of the pumpkin as this will help prevent the sides caving in later. Or if you would prefer to use the stem as a handle for a lid then that’s totally up to you.


Step 3:
Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and flesh carefully and set aside. Only leave a little bit of the flesh on the inside as you don’t want your walls to be too thin.
Step 4:
Plan out your design with either a stencil or from a picture. You can easily find pumpkin carving stencils online and trace them onto your pumpkin with a light marker. Start at the top of the pumpkin, following the lines with your knife until you’ve achieved your design.

Step 5:
Clean up your design and add any details. The face will be highlighted a lot more once a tealight is added.



Step 6:
Help your pumpkin last longer by putting your pumpkin in a bath of disinfectant solution.
Step 7:
Put a few tea lights inside! For the pumpkin with the top lid: don't try to light the candle first, you can burn your hand trying to do this. Place a non-lit candle in through the lid space. Make sure it's sitting firmly on the base of the pumpkin, then light the candle using a longer lighter. The face you carved from your pumpkin will stand out and look alive!


·      You can save your pumpkin seeds for use later if you feel like growing your own pumpkin
·      You can also use the flesh you removed earlier to make a lovely Halloween baked treat. The fantastic thing about carving or using these veg as decorations is that nothing needs to go to waste.
·      For regular maintenance of your pumpkins so they last even longer we recommend spraying them with an all-purpose disinfectant solution, this will keep it moist and ward of any bacteria and fight off mould.
·      As your pumpkin wilts or reaches the end of its life, repurpose it as a bowl-shaped birdfeeder in the garden or on your windowsill. Alternatively, cut it up and add it to your (or a neighbour’s) compost heap. Your pumpkin will provide excellent food for worms and other organisms to break down into beautiful soil for your garden or allotment.




Pumpkin display ideas:
A cohesive display is key here, if you’re decorating your porch, you can use a multitude of different décor items that collate together Autumn Halloween vibe. Such as using fallen colourful leaves, spider webs, different sized pumpkins. You can even arrange gourds of a different colour beside your display to play off the bright orange colour of the pumpkins. A final option is to have a farmhouse pumpkin display, a spook-free way to decorate your entry for Halloween. On a wooden bench, arrange pillows, baskets of small gourds, pumpkins, and a throw blanket. Finish the arrangement with oversize pumpkins and Autumn leaves.



Terms & Conditions for Halloween Giveaway:
Pumpkin season is almost upon us. We're celebrating this wonderful time of the year with a fantastic GIVEAWAY.
Share your pumpkin carvings with us by using the hashtag #dandarapumpkins on Instagram so we can see your pumpkin masterpieces!
In the joy of autumn by entering our GIVEAWAY you have the chance to win this luxurious Naughty But Nice Hamper, packed with naughty treats. Guaranteed to delight from the elevenses coffee break to the evening aperitif.


The giveaway starts on 17/11/2022 and ends at midnight Monday 31st Oct. The winner will be announced on a grid post and story on Tuesday 1st November and contacted via a Direct Message. Thank you to all our entrants and good luck!  

Click here to enter the giveaway - 

Terms and conditions

  • This giveaway is open to UK residents only and you must be 18 years or older to enter the giveaway.
  • The giveaway is closed to employees of Dandara and their close relatives, and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation.
  • Automated or bulk entries from third parties will be disqualified.
  • The giveaway will run for 3 weeks starting on 17th October 2022 and ending on 31st October 2022 at midnight
  • The winner will be selected at random and announced on Instagram on 1st November 2022.
  • The winner will be informed of their win by direct message via Instagram and will be asked to provide an email address and postal address for the hamper to be delivered.
  • The winner might also be contacted by the Dandara Homes PR team.
  • The prize is a Harvey Nichols Naughty But Nice Hamper.
  • Please note occasionally hamper contents may be substituted for products of equal or greater value.
  • The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable, and cannot be exchanged for any cash alternatives in whole or in part.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Instagram. You are providing information to the Promoter, and not to Instagram. By participating in this competition, you agree to a complete release of Instagram from any claims.

We hope you have an amazing Autumn and Halloween! Filled with cosiness, delicious food, and good laughs with the people you love. We would love to see your Halloween decorations, make sure to tag us @dandarahomes