How to turn a pumpkin into a beer cooler

YouTube / The Tipsy Bartender

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Whether you’re guzzling down a pumpkin-spiced drink or getting ready to creatively decorate a jack-o’-lantern, it seems like the fall season has become all about the big orange gourds. But have you ever seen a pumpkin used as a drink cooler?

It’s not exactly the way we usually think of carving a pumpkin. Maybe the people who came up with these ideas were having a Halloween party and needed a place to store the drinks? Or, perhaps someone had just too many pumpkins laying around and said, “How can I use this in a practical way?” No matter the reason, we have to admit that a cooler is a fun way to create something useful out of a big pumpkin.

The Tipsy Bartender posted a pumpkin cooler housing 24 bottles of beer on their YouTube channel, and it kind of looks like an alien life form that’s ready to party hardy for Halloween.

For the record, this is a huge pumpkin. In the video, the host says it was 70 pounds. If you have a giant pumpkin and are willing to try this, keep in mind that it will take some time to mark out and then cut all of the holes for the bottles. Then, you add some dry ice to keep things cold and looking spooky.

Before you watch the video to see how they did it, keep in mind that this video is for mature audiences only, so you might want to watch it after the little ones go to bed.

There is another, easier way to make a pumpkin into a drink cooler. Simply cut the top of the pumpkin like you would make a jack-o’-lantern. Remove the guts and seeds, as usual. Then fill with ice and your favorite canned or bottled beverage. Want a step-by-step guide? Check out’s instructions. We like the extra shine they gave the pumpkin with a bit of spray paint, but you can also leave the pumpkin in its natural orange color.

The pumpkin cooler is not a new idea for Twitter user Pete Elliot. He showed off his hit creation back in 2015:

Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the best ones.

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