It feels like – every year – people continue to up their Halloween pumpkin carving game. Here are some of the best pumpkin carving ideas and designs we’ve seen!
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Long gone are the days of the simple Jack-o’Lantern. Today’s Halloween pumpkins can be found in a wide variety of designs, carving intricacy, and themes. You can’t really consider your fall decor complete until you’ve got a wonderfully designed and carved pumpkin somewhere in or near your home.
Since Halloween is quickly approaching, it’s time to start brainstorming your Halloween pumpkin carving designs. Pumpkin Carving Ideas are not easy to come by these days – especially if you’re looking for something unique or cool that hasn’t been done a million times before.
However, with the help of this post on 150+ Unique and Creative Pumpkin Carvings, we’re willing to bet you’ll be inspired and will no longer have trouble coming up with some amazing ideas!
If we lose that bet, there’s always Pinterest where literally thousands upon thousands of unique Halloween pumpkins await your discovery. And while we know that our list may not include every single creative idea out there; these are just some of our favorites. But one thing I think everyone can agree on is that they’re all pretty spectacular!
From spooky to goofy and everywhere in between, there are amazing ideas for you and your entire family to enjoy.
Therefore, If you’re looking for some unique inspirations for your pumpkin carving this year, here are our picks for some of the most creative pumpkin carving ideas.
The History of Carved Pumpkins for Halloween
It’s difficult to pinpoint the origin of carved pumpkins for Halloween as it was likely adopted from the Pagan celebration of Samhain, which was a celebration of the end of the harvest season. When Christians adopted the holiday they continued to use the pagan tradition of carving a tree into a pumpkin.
The carving process is made even more enjoyable when you can work with the insides of the pumpkin. Although, if all that seems like too much work, you can always going easy on yourself with a template. There is NO shame in that!
For those looking for something a bit more unique, you can use some of our favorite carved pumpkin designs to get an idea of what can be done.
Finding Unique Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Whether you want to try to use the entire shape of the pumpkin or carve on only one specific part of the pumpkin (you can always paint or paint over the shape when it’s completely carved out). The best part is you don’t have to run out and buy the largest pumpkin on the shelf in order to carve a really cool Halloween pumpkin. And the really good news is you can make a ton of these awesome Halloween pumpkin carving materials you already have. Unless you’re trying to recreate some of the really intricate designs, you don’t have to go out and buy a set of carving tools and supplies (unless you really want to, I won’t judge you if you do!). All you need is a pumpkin, some inspiration, and some creativity.
Unique & Creative Halloween Pumpkins
I’m going to be totally honest with you, many of these pumpkins are completely out of my league when it comes to carving skills. Therefore, this will be an inspiration gallery, not a DIY tutorial.
But I have to say that I love the range of designs, from ones that are still relatively simple while providing a nice impact, to ones that are so intricately carved that they barely resemble a pumpkin anymore.
The Great Pumpkin Face Off
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See what I did there? This carved pumpkin is delightfully creepy, showing a fun and friendly face being pulled off to reveal its creepy insides. The best part is that it is one of the easier pumpkins to carve as the actual “face” is pretty easy. The most challenging part is creating the teeth that are revealed once the face is removed.
The Buried Alive Pumpkin Carving
This design is one I think I could actually pull off, carving-wise. The carving itself is very simple, but the way that it’s been buried in the ivy gives it a uniquely delightful look.
Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Carved Pumpkin
This one, however, I could not even hope to replicate. I love the Day of the Dead design, but I don’t think I could handle the intricacy of the design. Maybe with a Pumpkin Carving Stencil, but even then… it would be pushing it.
Zombie Carved Pumpkin
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I can’t even begin to imagine how this was achieved. All I can say is WOW!!! I’m guessing this artist used The Walking Dead to generate their carving ideas. But that’s just a guess.
Braced for Halloween
I love the use of some hardware to create braces for this fun but easy-to-carve pumpkin.
Green Goblin Carved Pumpkin
It isn’t a complicated design, but the use of green LED lights instead of candles make this a fun and creepy pumpkin for Halloween.
Haunted House Carved Pumpkin
I like the details in this pumpkin, including how it looks like the haunted house is screaming.
Kitty Whiskers Carved Pumpkin
If you like cute kittens, you’ll love this fun and family-friendly carved pumpkin that won’t scare the bejesus out of the neighborhood children.
Get Off My Lawn
I feel like this pumpkin represents that grumpy old man in the neighborhood yelling “Get off my lawn, you young whippersnappers!!!” Although, really, does anyone say that anymore??
Ok, so maybe this is technically more of a gourd toad, but you get the point.
Creepy Eyeball Pumpkin
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A white pumpkin is painted to resemble an eyeball and then carefully inserted inside a larger, orange pumpkin. The result is extraordinarily creepy.
The carving skills required are fairly rudimentary, but the painting skills are off the chart!
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This one looks like it would be easy enough to replicate, although also easy enough to mess up completely. I’d have to have some spare pumpkins on hand just in case I messed up somewhere on the B. Or the O. Or the other O. I think I could executive on the exclamation mark. I think. I definitely need some more pumpkin design ideas that rely on the simple use of power tools and less on artistic sculpting capabilities!
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Oh, a pumpkin carving that requires a single cut. That, I think I could handle! This design only requires one to cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out the insides, and use pre-bought Halloween-themed pumpkin pegs to create a silhouette spacer. Genius! I think even I could handle this one!
An Intricately Carved Pumpkin
To me, this is reminiscent of Cinderella’s coach, although it really isn’t. Given that her coach was originally made from a pumpkin, this particular carving is quite appropriate. This pumpkin looks as lovely with and without the inside lighting.
But, since I mentioned it, here is – also – an actual Cinderella’s Coach Carved Pumpkin.
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A Ghostly Doggy Trio
Ok, fine… the pumpkin itself is nothing to write home about. But the dogs dressed up in classic ghost costumes were too adorable to ignore! And who can resist cute puppies?
Starry Night Carved Pumpkin
Image Source: Southern Living
Turning to the art word for pumpkin carving inspiration provides a lot of material to work with. In this example, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night served as inspiration for this delightful pumpkin. This is likely not a pumpkin for a novice, but if you have some good knife skills (and artistic skills) this could be a fun project.
The Melting Monster Pumpkin
It’s difficult to even tell that this was – once upon a time – a normal old pumpkin. Whoever carved this beauty has some SERIOUS skills, and is not lacking in unique pumpkin carving abilities!
See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil Carved Pumpkin Statue
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I love the look of this pumpkin statue which represents the whole saying “Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil”. The carving itself is pretty straightforward, what makes this special is the use of Jack Be Little pumpkins with black thumbtacks to represent the eyes, and costume skeleton arms to mimic the visuals for each statement.
Bad Hombre Carved Pumpkin
This carved pumpkin is bad to the bone. Or bad to the pulp. Whichever way works for you. The carving isn’t really difficult, but the black hat and the scar really set this pumpkin apart.
Drip Painting No Carve Pumpkins
Yes, I know, these aren’t actually carved. But they are so cool, I figured it was worth letting that slide just this once.
Angler Fish Carved Pumpkin
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Of all the places to look for pumpkin carving inspiration, I would not have pictured the deep blue sea as a source for a creative idea. But I love the unique use of the two pumpkins, plus some outdoor mini-lights, to create this delightfully creepy Angler Fish carved pumpkin.
Scream Face Pumpkin
If you like the movie Scream, you’ll love this pumpkin that was inspired by the killer’s mask.
Carved Tree Pumpkin
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This intricately carved, and somewhat disturbing, tree is stunning too look at. I also like how they left some of the sinewy insides intact as they just add to the overall feeling of this carved pumpkin tree.
The Jailbird Pumpkin
You can almost hear the little pumpkin inside yelling “Let Me Out! I’m Innocent!!!” Where do these brilliant pumpkin carving ideas come from???
If You Dare Carved Pumpkin
Trick or treaters be warned, approach this house ONLY if you dare!!!
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So go ahead to the next page – if you dare – and check out even more fantastic, spooky, and fun Halloween pumpkin carving ideas that will surely inspire your own designs this Halloween!