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The run up to Halloween was a spooky time at the Leeds Royal Armouries, as Sand In Your Eye provided a pop up Halloween Pumpkin Carving Workshop in one of the activity rooms.

Leeds armouries pumpkin carving

Busy having fun and learning new skills

Pumpkin Carving Workshop with Sand in your Eye

Before the fun starts

Normally home to arts and craft sessions, the room became a hive of activity for groups of up to fifteen children along with their parents, to try their hand at pumpkin carving. For many, stencil pumpkin carving was a new experience and there were lots of really creative young pumpkin carvers.

Stencil carving

Proud to have a finished product

A selection of stencils were provided to use as a carving guide…. bats, monsters, Frankenstein and many more. However, as the venue is the UKs national museum of arms and armour, one of the themed designs chosen was the Royal Armouries Helmet Logo which could be tried at three different levels of difficulty for those who were up for the challenge.

Pumpkin carving stencils

Armouries mask stencils

It wasn’t compulsory though, lots of children had fun making their own pumpkin stencil designs before carving their own spooky pumpkins.

Making their own designs

Happy Kids with their spooky pumpkins

Many took on the board the help and tips from the Sand In Your Eye Team, learning new skills and approaches to pumpkin carving. Most of the children were looking for something creative to try over the Halloween period and the  October half term holiday. Nearly all participants felt really proud (yes there was some gloating) as they produced pumpkin carvings far more ‘spooktacular’ than their parents’ efforts over previous years.

Leeds armouries pumpkin workshops

Yes… I am pleased with my pumpkin!!!


The pumpkins were provided by Leeds Royal Armouries and the kids got to take their spooky pumpkins home at the end of a top value fun filled day, with loads of other attractions and free events happening under one roof.

Joint effort pumpkin carving

Sometimes a little teamwork helps

Happy Halloween everyone! And thanks to the Leeds Royal Armouries for inviting us over for some fun days of pumpkin carving workshops.



Time ran out but its nearly there.

A nearly finished pumpkin carving that can be completed at home

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