Halloween Celebrations

Halloween Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin: It’s the perfect Halloween activity for showing off your creativity and getting a little messy (plus, you can whip up some delicious pepita recipes). Probably tired of the triangle nose and toothy grin by now. Luckily, there are many creative options to inspire your creativity. There is bound to be a jack-o-lantern on this list that speaks to you, whether it’s one that looks like it’s eating another pumpkin or a design inspired by your favorite movies like Harry Potter and Star Wars. If carving seems too complicated for your knife skills, try one of these painted pumpkin ideas instead. Happy Halloween!


1Baby Yoda Pumpkin
baby yoda pumpkin carving

Including pet Halloween costumes and Echo Dot stands, Baby Yoda has been a popular inspiration for a number of items, so why not dress your pumpkin up in his likeness? Or you could purchase this foam one on Etsy if you’re not up for DIYing.

2A Thorn in Its Side

Thorn Pumpkin

COUNTRY LIVING

When you’ve got themed dishes to match, a spiky jack-o’-lantern can make a great centerpiece or party platter accent.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

3Evil Tree Trunk
tree trunk pumpkin design
ALL4PARTYTIME/ETSY

Instead of carving this intricate evil tree trunk design, all you have to do is place a printout of it over a giant oval carved into your pumpkin. Light it up with a battery-powered candle inside, and you’ll be set.

4Tiny and Colorful

Colored Mini Pumpkins

 

FAMILY CHIC

Mini pumpkins dyed with food coloring are adorable when arranged on a cake plate.

Get the tutorial at Family Chic.

 

5Haunted House
pumpkin carving haunted house
STONEYKINS/ETSY

Carve a spooky scene by making a topsy-turvy haunted house surrounded by an eerie tree, flying bats, and a mini graveyard.

6Tinker Bell
tinker bell pumpkin

INSTRUCTABLES

Not interested in displaying a super spooky pumpkin this year? Make the cutest, magical one by carving Tinker Bell and her pixie dust.

7Pumpkin Vase
Yellow, Flower, Cut flowers, Orange, Petal, Flower Arranging, Teal, Turquoise, Interior design, Still life photography,

Take a cue from The Crafted Life to create a chic pumpkin centerpiece. You don’t have to stick to classic Halloween kitsch to carve a pumpkin that still feels festive! Choose an unconventional color for a fun surprise.

8Witch Hat
hat carved into pumpkin
SLEEPYHOLLOWPUMPKINS/ETSY

Why not mash two classic Halloween symbols–a pumpkin and witch hat–with this fairly simple design? FYI, you can buy a printable PDF to help you out if you don’t want to freehand it.

9Hungry Pumpkin

Close-Up Of Jack O Lantern On Window Sill During Halloween

T L / EYEEMGETTY IMAGES

This two-in-one pumpkin is scary, creative, and funny all at once—the Halloween trifecta. The tricky part (you know, beyond having A+ carving skills) is cutting the mouth just the right size to fit a smaller gourd. You can help hold it in place with toothpicks.

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10Stencil Carving

pumpkin carving ideas

YOU HOUSE LOVE

Young House Love created this elaborate pumpkin by printing out an intricate damask pattern and then tracing it. Stencils will help you make those touch precision cuts. Talk about impressive.

11Trick or Treat Pumpkin

Trick or Treat

PETE ARKGETTY IMAGES

Use your words! But this crafty pumpkin requires some scary good skills, so don’t say we didn’t warn you. Again, a stencil will definitely come in handy.

12The Death Star

Red, Orange, Amber, Colorfulness, Sphere, Carmine, World, Lighting accessory, Circle, Symmetry,

 

FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS/F. TRONCHIN

That’s no moon! In a galaxy far, far away, there are some seriously cool pumpkins. This one is perfect for advanced pumpkin carvers and Star Wars fans.

13Polka Dots

Polka Dotted Carve

WHIPPERBERRY

Channel Tim Burton while giving a pop-art edge to your typical orange gourd. You could also just paint on the polka dots if you don’t want to get your hands too dirty.

Get the tutorial at WhipperBerry.

14Hanging Bats
hanging bats design on pumpkin
VECTORDESIGNSCANADA/ETSY

Flying bat designs are basic, so use this stencil on Etsy to carve out an unexpected hanging bat scene. Even bats need naps!

15‘Stranger Things’

Grab your Eggos, Stranger Things pumpkins are happening.

16Emoji Ghost

Jack-o'-lantern, trick-or-treat, Orange, Calabaza, Carving, Pumpkin, Light, Lighting, Vegetable, Fruit,

 

FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS/ANTONIO ROBERTS

Go for a super basic ghost design inspired by the emoji. It’s ideal for pumpkin carving novices and anyone who is in a rush to decorate.

17Carved for Ice

Pumpkin Ice Bucket

CHERYL STYLE

Because you need a drink to go with all of the scares.

Get the tutorial at Everyday Dishes & DIY.

18‘Frozen’

You’re never too old to be a Disney fan, and we’re downright obsessed with this Frozen take on Halloween.

19Cheery Tiers

Tiered Pumpkin

WHIMSEYBOX

The secret to this triple-decker gourd: toothpicks and colored beads.

 

20Pumpkins on Pumpkins

Light, Lighting, Skull, Nightlight, Darkness, Night, Bone, Lighting accessory, Art,

FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS/TIM JONES

Instead of one large jack-o’-lantern, craft a giant skull from a bunch of mini ones. It’s a tedious task but worth the time and effort!

21‘Harry Potter’

Harry Potter fans need to consider making a pumpkin of their favorite character. Add a corresponding scarf made of paint (or a real one!) to take it to the next level.

22‘Game of Thrones’

Facial hair, Amber, Orange, Art, Beard, Moustache, Self-portrait, Handwriting, History, Illustration,

FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS/RICHIE S

Artists will take a liking to this Game of Thrones pumpkin carving design featuring Tyrion Lannister and one of his famous quotes.

23Racoon
racoon pumpkin
VECTORDESIGNSCANADA/ETSY

As creatures of the night go, cats and bats tend to dominate the conversation. Why not go the unexpected route with a Halloween pumpkin carving dedicated to raccoons? This one puts on a mean face that’ll spook any passerby.

24‘Hocus Pocus’

Just don’t light a black flame candle inside this one, and you’re good.

25Flickering Fireplace

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

COUNTRY LIVING

Sure, you can pile plain pumpkins in the hearth, but candlelit “flames” look so much better.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

26Oogie Boogie

This pumpkin is what happens when two holidays collide.

27Swirling Vines

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

 

JOHN KERNICK

To recreate this soft glow, use a lemon zesterclay loop, or linoleum cutter to peel away the top layer without puncturing the rind.

Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

28Winding Vines

Wraparound Leaves

MY HOME IDEAS

These carved-out designs can work on your porch well after October 31st.

29Unicorn

PSA: The unicorn trend is still alive and well.

30Gobbled Up

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

ANTONIS ACHILLEOS

Place a scared little pumpkin inside of your jack-o’-lantern, and you’ll quickly set a spooky scene.

31Pumpkin Lantern

Orange, Amber, Circle, Symmetry, Pumpkin, Creative arts, Still life photography, Gourd, Sphere, Ornament,

THE POLOHOUSE

Suspend a hollowed-out pumpkin, stuffed with straw and candles, from a sturdy rope for a lantern effect.

Get the tutorial at The Poolhouse.

32Skeleton Jail

Carve out your pumpkin and stick mini skeletons in it. Add some “jail bars” for a creative (and totally hilarious) Halloween display.

33Lit Lanterns

Painted Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

DANA GALLAGHER

Decorate your jack-o’-lantern with an old-school lamp. Your pumpkins will be both pretty and practical when it comes to lighting up the front porch.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

34Taco Tuesday

Showcase your love of tacos, and specifically Taco Bell, with this pumpkin carving design.

35Jar of Fireflies

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

JENNIFER CAUSEY

Summer may be over, but you can still catch lightning bugs. Etch out a Mason jar and attach LED lights inside and out. Even better, use the blinking variety, and they’ll look like the real thing.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

36Chevron Style

Chevron Carved Pumpkin

WIT & WHISTLE

The classic decor design looks just as fun on a pumpkin.

Get the tutorial at Wit & Whistle.

37Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

This play on Cyndi Lauper’s iconic “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” song makes for thrilling yet light-hearted seasonal decor.

38Squigglies

Swirly Pumpkin on Platter

COUNTRY LIVING

Take a cue from your favorite home decor and mimic your wallpaper (or tablecloth, table runner, or napkin) pattern.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

39Glowing Alarm Clock

Alarm Clock Pumpkin

BUILT BY KIDS

Just don’t trust this to actually wake you up in the morning and you’ll be good.

Get the tutorial at Built by Kids.

40Abstract Leaves

Leaf Pumpkin

COUNTRY LIVING

You can never go wrong with a leaf and pumpkin combo for Halloween or fall!

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

41Skeleton Hands

Skeleton Hands

JOHN KERNICK

Trim the stem on an oblong-shaped pumpkin after carving out a vertical arm, then place a smaller one on top to complete the skeleton’s spooky arm.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

42Wood Grain

Carved Swirls

STEVEN RANDAZZO

Scraping off just the surface saves a ton of time when carving a pumpkin. It also allows you to get more creative with your designs without risking ruining the whole thing.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

43Minions

Despicable Me fans need to consider making a minion pumpkin.

44Crescent Moon

Crescent Moon pumpkin

DANA GALLAGER

With a Lite-Brite (remember those?) as his inspiration, designer Paul Lowe punched holes in his pumpkin to create a crescent shape.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

45Melon Monsters

melon monster pumpkins

ANTONIS ACHILLEOS

These are hands down the cutest monsters we’ve ever seen.

Get the tutorial at Woman’s Day.

 

46A Spider and Its Web

Spider Web Pumpkin

KIMBERLY WERNER

We know it’s fake, but we’re still spooked by this pumpkin design.

See more at Good Housekeeping.

47Spooky Faces

Scary Face

ANTONIS ACHILLEOS

Using white pumpkins is the super-easy way to up your jack-o-lantern game.

Get the tutorial at Woman’s Day.

48Veggie Accents

Veggie Pumpkin Home

KIM LUDWICZAK AND RENEE WISNIEWSKI

Gourd-and-berry window boxes are the perfect touch to this charming pumpkin home.

See more at Good Housekeeping.

49‘Corpse Bride’

Tim Burton would surely approve of this detailed pumpkin design.

50Good Enough to Eat

Apple Pumpkin

ANDREW WOJCIECHOWSKI

Give your pumpkin an eaten apple makeover for an unexpected look.

See more at Good Housekeeping.

51Elephant

Pumpkin, Calabaza, Vegetable, Still life photography, Still life, Carving, Gourd, Plant, Winter squash, Cucurbita,

ANTONIS ACHILLEOS

With four minis as feet and a stem as a trunk, transforming pumpkins into a friendly porch elephant is a breeze thanks to skewers and toothpicks.

Get the tutorial at Woman’s Day.

52Coyote Scene

Coyote Pumpkin Candles

TREVOR DIXON

Try out this much more sophisticated (and seasonal) take on the traditional elementary school project.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

 

53Evil Witch

Pumpkin Carving Ideas

ANTONIS ACHILLEOS

A gourd’s twisted stem works perfectly as a crooked nose. Plus, this project skips the messy step of scooping out the inside.

Get the tutorial at Woman’s Day.

54Hen and Chicks

Calabaza, Squash, Produce, Orange, Vegetable, Natural foods, Local food, Pumpkin, Winter squash, Whole food,

BRIAN WOODCOCK

A little bit of chicken wire turns a pumpkin into a mama hen—a baby pumpkin works perfectly for your “mama” pumpkin’s chick.

Get the tutorial at Country Living.

55Wigged Out

Plant Pumpkin

ANTONIS ACHILLEOS

If you’re a stickler for a traditional face, give your pumpkin a new ‘do with a cheeky plant toupee

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