Get ready for Halloween by burning calories with pumpkin picking & carving! Carving a pumpkin is a fast way to burn a couple calories while enjoying Fall festivities. Like apple picking, pumpkin carving can involve walking around in a pumpkin patch, picking up heavy pumpkins, bringing them home, and carving them. Pumpkin carving (and picking) can burn up to 280 calories an hour, according to Pumpkin carving is a good way to work your arms and legs, as long as you’re picking the pumpkins yourself!