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Puking Pumpkin with Guacamole "Vomit"

Take your Halloween festivities to the next level with a delightfully disgusting puking pumpkin! This is a great centerpiece for your Halloween snack table, not to mention a fun way to serve a guacamole appetizer.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: halloween, kid friendly, party food
Servings: 6
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Cheryl Malik


  • Sharpie
  • Sharp knife (paring knife or other small knife)
  • Large metal spoon (or ice cream scoop)
  • Parchment paper or plate


  • 1 pumpkin wiped clean, then dried
  • guacamole or other thick dip of choice
  • tortilla chips optional, for serving


  • Using Sharpie (or similar marker), draw large circle on bottom of pumpkin, encircling center point. Circle should be big enough to allow your hand inside pumpkin.
  • Use sharp paring knife to cut along Sharpie circle, inserting knife deep enough to cut completely through bottom of pumpkin shell. Once entire circle is cut, remove center of shell and set aside.
    Hole cut into bottom of pumpkin
  • Use large spoon to scoop out all seeds, strings, and guts from inside of pumpkin. Discards innards or set aside for another purpose. Continue scraping inner wall of side you intend to carve, until wall is roughly 1" thick.
  • Carve desired face into thinned side of pumpkin using sharp paring knife, following stencil or hand-drawn design of choice. Discard excess pieces from side of shell. Replace bottom circle of shell.
    Face carved into front of pumpkin for puking pumpkin
  • Set carved pumpkin on long sheet of parchment paper, or place large plate beneath carved mouth. Scoop guacamole onto parchment paper or plate, then build dip up and into pumpkin mouth, to give appearance of vomit. Serve with tortilla chips (or fresh veggies, or crostini).
    Close-up of a puking pumpkin with guacamole and tortilla chips


  • Dip: If you don't want to use guacamole, use an equally thick dip in its place. Something thin (like queso) won't work here because it won't hold any sort of shape without a container. You'll end up with a huge mess! A taco dip with ground beef or even just a bean dip would work well, or you could just use wrapped candies for a less-gross version.
  • I highly recommend NOT trying to move the pumpkin once you've added the guacamole. If you're using this as a centerpiece for a party or snack table, place the pumpkin where it needs to be first, then add the guacamole. Moving everything together is too risky.
Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes and the amount of guacamole used.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving of guacamole, not including any tortilla chips. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 183IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 3g