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. She completed her internship at the National Psychology Training Consortium with specializations in assessment and rural mental health. Currently, she specializes in trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming care, and she is certified in telemental health. Dr. Marschall runs a private practice, RMH Therapy, where she provides individual and family therapy as well as psychological assessments across the lifespan. Dr. Amy Marschall is an author and professional speaker.

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