Pumpkin Carving in Chicago

There are a few holiday traditions we tend to give up as we get older – baking cookies for Santa, dyeing Easter eggs, even trick-or-treating (although, speaking on behalf of myself, that isn’t by choice). Living in Chicago, there are usually events held around certain holidays that transport people back to their childhood. One of these timeless traditions is carving pumpkins for Halloween (or decorating, if sharp tools aren’t your thing). And lucky for you, we’ve done a roundup of some of the best events in the city over the next week.

Pumpkin Carving at Benchmark

“Carve some time out of your busy schedule to make the most spook-tacular pumpkin ever! Join us for our Pumpkin Carving Party on Thursday, October 25th at Benchmark (1510 N Wells St) in Old Town from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Get into the Halloween spirit with an evening full of scary movies, wicked drink specials, and a chance to WIN some awesome prizing for best pumpkin.”

  • When: Thursday, October 25 6:30-9:30pm
  • Where: Benchmark (1510 North Wells Street)
  • Cost: $15 (ticket includes pumpkin, carving tools, stencils, and a free cookie skillet!)

Alice & Wonder BYOP(umpkin) Happy Hour

“Pick the cutest pumpkins and grab your baddest witches for Alice & Wonder’s Bring Your Own Pumpkin Happy Hour! Get free custom calligraphy painted on your pumpkin to turn your home into a fall wonderland! Shop the entire Alice & Wonder store 15% off! Enjoy complimentary boooooze!”

  • When: Thursday, October 25 5:00-8:00pm
  • Where: Alice & Wonder (956 West Webster Avenue)
  • Cost: FREE

Pumpkin Centerpieces and Pie at The Chopping Block

“It’s the season to celebrate everything pumpkin! Join us for an afternoon of floral arranging as you learn how to create fresh fall bouquets using real pumpkins as the vase. At the end of the class, bring home your own hand-crafted pumpkin centerpiece to enjoy at home and impress your friends. You’ll also get a complimentary slice of The Chopping Block’s famous Pumpkin Pie to satisfy your sweet tooth. Wine will be available for purchase during the class and yes, we can pair with pie!”

  • When: Sunday, October 28 11:30am-2:30pm
  • Where: The Chopping Block (4747 North Lincoln Avenue)
  • Cost: $65

Brews and Boos! Pumpkin Carving & Beer Tasting at Beermiscuous

Choose a pumpkin and make it ‘brewtiful’ at Art Room Events’ Brews and Boos. Sip on seasonal craft beer and use our carving tools and guidance to sculpt something festive for your doorstep or home. No tricks, only treats here.

  • When: Sunday, October 28 1:00-3:30pm
  • Where: Beermiscuous (2812 N Lincoln Ave)
  • Cost: $40

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