Halloween Telehealth Activity: Virtual Pumpkin Carving

Back in the Before Times, a colleague of mine bought several small pumpkins and did pumpkin decorating with her clients for Halloween. I applaud her ability to manage an activity like that and clean up in between sessions.

Recently, I discovered some options for pumpkin carving in telehealth sessions. Both websites work by sharing your screen and granting your client remote control, and they can carve the pumpkin on the screen.


My masterpiece

ABCYA’s virtual pumpkin carving game is simple and user-friendly. There is an undo option if you make a mistake (I wish this were true of real-life pumpkin carving), and when you are finished you can put a virtual candle inside to see your masterpiece.


CyberPumpkin.Zone is a more realistic, three-dimensional experience. You can click to rotate the pumpkin and carve all the way around. Outline your Jack-O-Lantern face on the black square on the left of the screen, and an animated knife carves out the face.

Every time you make a cut, the site generates a new, unique link. With this, you can undo mistakes using the back button, and when you are finished, you can share your creation with the link generated. If you want, you and your client can send links back and forth using the chat feature to make this a joint task.

Check out this cat I made!

Happy Halloween!

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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