She-Knows-Pumpkin-KegOver the summer, we walked you through the process of making your very own watermelon keg. Now that it’s October, we’re bringing back the “DIY keg” with one made from (drum roll please)—a pumpkin! What better way to celebrate the season than with an alcohol-dispensing gourd? Whether you’re hosting an Oktoberfest beer-a-thon or a traditional Halloween bash, a pumpkin keg is perfect for spicing up any autumn party décor.

You’ll need:

  • 1 large pumpkin
  • sharp carving knife
  • spoon
  • power drill with a ¾ inch drill bit
  • spigot (try Amazon or your local hardware store)

When selecting your pumpkin, choose one that’s a larger size with a relatively flat side (for your spigot). Begin by cutting a top in your pumpkin to create a lid like you would when normally carving. Remove all of the pulp and seeds from the inside, and then use your spoon to scrape the inside of your pumpkin clean. Let your pumpkin sit at room temperature without its lid for one or two days to dry out.

Next, use the power drill fitted with a ¾ inch drill bit and drill a hole into the side of the pumpkin on its flattest surface (and as closest to the bottom as possible). Screw in the spigot tightly, making sure each end is secure so you won’t have any leaks.

Lastly, fill up your keg and serve! Top it off with a pumpkin punch, your favorite pumpkin beer, or (our favorite) a harvest sangria:

(8 servings)

  • 1 (750 mL) bottle dry white wine
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle sparkling apple cider or juice
  • 8 oz. spiced rum
  • 2 oz. triple sec

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and chill. Pour into your keg and serve in glasses filled with ice.