Macho & Chilala’s Pumpkin Adventure

As Halloween creeps closer and closer, The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) wants to help you get into the spirit with some pumpkin carving inspiration!


Don’t forget that raw pumpkin is safe for your dogs to eat as long as they don’t eat the seeds.

Adoptable pups Macho and Chilala joined in on the fun. This sweet bonded pair loved the extra time out of their kennels and the yummy pumpkin treat! If you’re interested in giving two attention-loving and pumpkin-hungry dogs a home, give us a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173 to check on Macho and Chilala’s availability and location!

This project ended up costing us less than $20. Check out our finished project below.


Here’s what you will need!
  1. Pumpkin
  2. Pumpkin carving kit
  3. Stencil (just print it from home!)
  4. Cookie cutters
  5. Mallet
  6. Pliers
  7. Candle to light up your spooky (or, less than spooky) creation.

Step 1: Open up the top of your pumpkin and take out the guts. Make sure to scrape the sides really well to get as much of the pulpy insides out as you can. The thinner the pumpkin wall, the easier it will be to press the cookie cutters through.


Step 2: Separate the seeds from the pumpkin. Pumpkin seeds make a yummy treat for humans when toasted, but can be dangerous for dogs to eat.

Step 3: Set your pumpkin on the ground and find the spot that will be most visible and easiest to carve on! Then tack your stencil to that spot.


Step 4: Use a poking tool to trace your stencil. This will make it easier to cut out your shape!

Step 5: Take your cookie cutters and place them in the perfect spot. Use your mallet to hammer them into the pumpkin (watch your fingers!). The cookie cutters should go all the way through. Use the pliers to pull the cookie cutter out, and the pumpkin piece should come out with it!


Step 6: Use the saw tool to cut out your stencil.


Step 7: Place your cute pumpkin in a window sill or on your porch for trick-or-treaters to enjoy!


Do you have a favorite way to involve your pets in the fall season? Let us know in the comments below! Also check out 3 Reasons You Should Adopt A Bonded Pair and share Macho and Chilala’s pumpkin adventure with your friends!

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  1. Awwwwwe way to go you three ! What a bunch of happy pumpkin heads ! And here is thought Mr. Macho n Ms. Chill and got adopted. Well everyone’s day is coming real soon. Sorry for the late post

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