71 Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween
From spooky to sweet, these pumpkin carving ideas are sure to turn heads this Halloween.
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Halloween pumpkin carving ideas that are a scream
A jack-o-lantern is a pumpkin that has a design carved into it. Some people use pumpkin carving templates to design their pumpkins, while others decide to free-hand it and draw their own designs. There are so many pumpkin decorating ideas out there, though, so how do you know which direction to go? If you’re stuck, here are some pumpkin carving ideas to help you get the creative (and spooky) juices flowing.
This is a unique jack-o-lantern idea anyone in the family can carve! Grab a pumpkin and some black pipe cleaners to get started. Get a look at our favorite family Halloween costumes.
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Where the Wild Things Are–inspired pumpkin
Let the wild rumpus start! This fun pumpkin carving is sure to get some smiles. Pick the best pumpkin from the best pumpkin patch and get started on this piece of Halloween art.
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Haunted house pumpkin
Here’s a boo-tiful and creative pumpkin carving idea that makes an impression in the neighborhood. Bonus points if you incorporate the haunted house theme into your other Halloween decoration ideas.
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Scary tree pumpkin
Carve a couple of these and you’ll have a scary jack-o-lantern forest to display. By the way, don’t miss these easy Halloween crafts your kids will love to make.
Cute bat pumpkin
A great idea for the kids! This cute bat will look great on your porch or stairs. Try out these DIY Halloween costumes for kids while you’re crafting with them.
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The Wizard of Oz pumpkin
If you’re a pumpkin carving all-star, this idea is for you. Use this unique idea to pay tribute to the classic film and impress those trick-or-treaters! Speaking of films, here are the best Halloween movies that’ll give you chills and thrills.
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This is a creative design sure to make people do a double take when walking past your yard. Here are the origins of some of the spookiest Halloween monsters.
Go back in time to the days where you’d spend hours in the arcade with this creative pumpkin carving idea! You can also try these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas.
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“Happy Halloween” pumpkins
Carve this fun message into your pumpkins this year and place them on hay bales in your yard, or even on your front porch. Here are some great options for Halloween door decor.
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Flex your creative carving skills with this scary good idea! The trick-or-treaters are sure to be impressed.
What a paws-itively adorable design!
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This pumpkin design is sure to shiver a few timbers.
Mickey Mouse pumpkin
Make Halloween magical with the beloved mouse—perfect for the family who loves all things Disney, just like these Disney Halloween costumes.
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Spotted and painted pumpkin
This pumpkin idea is pretty simple, but effective. You’ll need paint of your choice, a pumpkin carving kit, and some candles to make this unique design.
Pokémon Squirtle pumpkin
Have some Pokémon fun this Halloween by carving a Squirtle pumpkin. Bonus points if you also include Pikachu and Charizard pumpkins in the lineup.
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Stir up some toil and trouble with this pumpkin carving idea!
Black cat pumpkin
This adorable pumpkin design pays tribute to a classic symbol of Halloween—cute and festive!
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The Shining pumpkin
Here’s Johnny! This creative pumpkin carving idea is inspired by the classic horror movie. Flip it on while carving this pumpkin for some extra spooky ambiance.
This is definitely an out-of-the-box pumpkin carving idea. Plus, it’s pretty simple to carve and put together!
Spooky + the undead = a great jack-o-lantern idea.
Simple and ghastly, this pumpkin idea will make your porch or yard extra ghoulish this Halloween.
If you don’t want to go too scary, this cute design simply welcomes trick-or-treaters at your door.
You could say this design is a real hoot.
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Fall leaves pumpkin
This is a pumpkin carving idea where you can get as creative as you want. In the end, you’ll have a lovely jack-o-lantern that depicts beautiful fall foliage.
A fang-tastic design!
Perfect for when there’s something strange in your neighborhood.
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Spooky moon pumpkin
You’ll have one of the most unique pumpkins on the block with this design.
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Witch’s brew pumpkin
See what the witch is cooking up in this creative carving.
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If you’re looking for a unique and creepy pumpkin idea, this is the one to go for. It’s simple but effective, and perfect for those who want to incorporate their fences into their Halloween decor.
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Toothpick teeth pumpkin
Sometimes accessories are your best friend when it comes to making a truly frightening jack-o-lantern. Stick toothpicks in the carved eyes and mouth of your pumpkin for an extra scary look.
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Heads will roll pumpkin
Skeletons will roll in their graves with this skull-shaped carving idea.
Mask up pumpkin
This pumpkin carving idea is reflective of the times. Although some things are still uncertain, reading these corny Halloween jokes is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone.
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Light it up pumpkin
All you need are some colored tea lights to add some extra pizzazz to your pumpkin and other creepy yard decorations.
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Show off your love for Halloween and all of its traditions with this heart-shaped carving.
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Puppy love pumpkin
Dog lovers everywhere will love this reminder of their pup on Halloween. Get your pooch in on the Halloween fun with the best Halloween costumes for dogs.
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Chances are you may turn a little starry-eyed too looking at all these creative carvings.
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Mad Catter pumpkin
The cat’s out of the bag with this one. Turn your pumpkin into a devilish feline this season. And turn your cat into…well, any of these great Halloween costume ideas for cats!
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Nightmare Before Halloween pumpkin
This pumpkin carving idea is sure to give anyone nightmares; after all, it is inspired by Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas (one of our favorite Disney Halloween movies).
Trash panda paradise pumpkin
While you most probably won’t want to run into any real-life raccoons on Halloween night, you most certainly will want to use this adorable stencil.
Harry Potter pumpkin
This one is for all you wizards and witches out there: It’s time to celebrate Halloween, Harry Potter style.
For the dinosaur-obsessed, this pumpkin carving stencil is sure to be a hit.
Spider web pumpkin
If spiders are a little too creepy and crawly for you, opt for a spider web carving. Still plenty of spook factor, but with a bit more sophistication.
Chucky reincarnated pumpkin
This pumpkin carving idea is (literally!) child’s play when using a quick and easy stencil.
Mummy time pumpkin
No need to get all wrapped up in carving preparations…this mummy stencil is here to save the day.
Everyone’s favorite captain from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will take a break from sailing the high seas and instead enjoy a nice vacation on your front-stoop pumpkin.
Fangs out pumpkin
Boo! Did this tiger’s fangs scare you?
The wonderful thing about pumpkins, is pumpkins are wonderful things! Turn your pumpkin into a T-I-double guh-errrrrr.
Turn your pumpkin into a truly haunting sight by stenciling on murderer Michael Myers from the hit Halloween movie franchise.
Winnie the Pooh pumpkin
He’s Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh…and he’s on a pumpkin! Don’t let this orange squash around any honey.
And yes, we’re talking dog and not WWE. Just look at his little face!
Witchy antics pumpkin
I’ll get you, my pretty…and your little pumpkin, too!
Howl away pumpkin
Awooo! Hear any spooky noises in the middle of the night?
Creepy clown pumpkin
This creepy clown stencil puts the “scary” in “scary season.”
Scooby Doo pumpkin
Pumpkin Scooby Doo, where are you? Right here!
Ghost emoji pumpkin
Boo! This ghost emoji carving is certainly more cute than creepy.
Bald eagle pumpkin
Because it’s always a good time to exhibit American pride.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pumpkin
Whether you’re more of a fan of Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, or Leonardo, you’ll want to get your hands on this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle stencil for your pumpkins ASAP.
My Little Pony pumpkin
Friendship isn’t the only thing that’s magic; check out this My Little Pony pumpkin stencil.
Baby Yoda pumpkin
May the Force be with you this Halloween season.
Hats off pumpkin
(Witch’s) hats off to you for finding this creative carving craft!
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While sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes all it takes is three letters to let everyone know you’re ready to celebrate the spooky season.