Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas 2021

Pumpkin Carving Ideas [150+ Halloween Pumpkins]

Skeleton Hands Carved Pumpkins

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas

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I love this design, which uses two pumpkins… a tall one to represent the arm bones, and a rounded one to carve the skeleton hands. The gravestone behind makes it look likes this glowing skeleton hands are reaching up from the ground. So creative and wonderfully executed!

Evil Face Pumpkin

Evil Face Pumpkin

Deft carving skills were used to create this mask of evil, carved right into a pumpkin.

Pumpkin Hanging from a Tree

Pumpkin Hanging from a Tree

You have to appreciate when someone carves a pumpkin into a pumpkin.

Scared Pumpkin

Scared Pumpkin

This guy looks like he’s afraid of the mini pumpkins that are creeping up on him.

The Squash Alternative

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | The Squash Alternative

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Ok, so – technically – this is not a carved pumpkin, so it probably doesn’t belong is this list of creative pumpkin carving ideas, but it was so adorable that I couldn’t help myself. Look closely and you’ll see that they used artificial nails for the teeth, so this one would be relatively easy to carve. And, you could probably use some of these tricks on a regular old pumpkin as well.

Candy Corn Carved Pumpkin

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Candy Corn Carved Pumpkin

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This pumpkin is less spooky and more wonderfully cute, but still in keeping with the Halloween spirit. Especially if you’re a fan of Candy Corn.

Carved Gray Gourd Pumpkins

Pumpkin Carving Ideas Grey Pumpkin Gourd

This pair has all sorts of uniqueness built in. The carvings are exquisite. The use of Gray Gourds instead of the traditional orange pumpkin is delightful. And the addition of gnarly limbs make these pieces exceptional.

Another Haunted House Pumpkin

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Haunted House Pumpkin

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This is a pretty standard Haunted House carving, but the two tone usage of some full cuts to create light in certain windows adds an extra dimension to this piece.

Blooming Roses Carved Pumpkin

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Blooming Roses Carved Pumpkin

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Perhaps one of the most beautiful pumpkins I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure how in keeping with the Halloween Spirit it is, but it would certainly be lovely for a fall tablescape.

Attack of the Killer Pumpkin

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Attack of the Killer Pumpkin

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There are so many disturbing details inside this carved pumpkin duo. The smaller (but much more evil looking) pumpkin is in the process of hacking away at the larger, thoroughly frightened, pumpkin. I can’t tell if the pumpkin seeds are supposed to represent blood, sweat, or tears… but I’m not sure if it matters.

The String Theory Pumpkin

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Carved String Pumpkin

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This pumpkin looks like it’s been stitched together by some ghoulish scientist.

Stitched Up Pumpkin

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Stitched Up Pumpkin

Another pumpkin to use the stitching motif, but this one is for the far less carving-skilled (like me), and utilizes toothpicks to create the creepy grin, which look AWESOME at night.

The Carved Pumpkin Diorama

The Carved Pumpkin Diorama

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This must have taken HOURS to create.  The carving part is pretty easy, but what was built inside is incredible!

Carved Pumpkin Beanbag Toss

Carved Pumpkin Beanbag Toss

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This is a delightful and fun idea. Carved pumpkins become a family-friendly game of Beanbag Toss.  Of course, don’t put real candles inside… as that would quickly become a fire hazard.

Hannibal the Cannibal Pumpkin

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Cannibal Pumpkin

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This one is cute, in a scary and disturbing way. I’m not sure who comes up with these pumpkin carving ideas, but they do have very active imaginations!

Carved Black Pumpkin

Carved Black Pumpkin

I love the way this black pumpkin has been carved to reveal the orange pulp inside. It looks cool, even without a candle inside.


Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Frankenstein Pumpkin

I love the creativity it took to design and carve this Frankenstein inspired pumpkin carving.

Thorny Vines Carved Pumpkin

Thorny Vines Carved Pumpkin Table Setting

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I love the intricate detailing on this smaller pumpkin, plus the additional thorny vines placed underneath, which really play off the design of the plate. This one was used as part of a Halloween Table Setting to create a dramatic effect. This pumpkin also reminds of me Kintsugi pottery.

Spaced Out Pumpkin

Spaced Out Pumpkin

This super-fun pumpkin looks like it has enjoyed a few too many Halloween treats!

The Wood-burning Carved Pumpkin Stove

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas: Wood Stove Pumpkin

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This pumpkin carving idea creates a complete vignette with a wood-burning stove, table, and more to create a cozy country retreat. I love the smaller gourds used as feet for the stove-pumpkin.

The Toothy – and Toothless – Carved Pumpkin

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas

What big teeth you have there, Mr. Pumpkin. Well, most of them… the ones you still have that is. This might be a great idea for creating and placing inside a Dentist’s office… especially as a gentle reminder during the Candiest time of the year.

Volkswagen Bus Carved Pumpkin

Pumpkin Carving Ideas VW Bus

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Somebody obviously loves a good old VW Bus. Can’t say that I blame them!

The Grumpy Pumpkin

Pumpkin Carving Ideas Grumpy Pumpkin

To me — this one looks like that typical grumpy old man, and you can almost hear him yelling at those Young Whippersnappers to get off his lawn!!

Goofy Green Goblin Pumpkin

Goofy Green Goblin Pumpkin

In all honesty, the carving on this pumpkin isn’t super impressive. Fun, but not super impressive. It’s the added layer of the green paint and the green light that make this pumpkin worthy of inclusion in this list.

The Pixie Dust Carved Pumpkin

Tinkerbell Pixie Dust Carved Pumpkin

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This delightful pumpkin will delight all of the neighborhood children. The iconic image of Tinkerbell spreading her pixie dust is created using a Tinkerbell cutout and a drill with a small drill bit to create the trail of pixie dust.

Peek-a-Boo Pumpkin

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Peek-a-Boo Pumpkin

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This creation is so charming, and looks relatively easy to recreate using a large serrated knife, a mellon baller, a few wooden shishkabob skewers, some googley eyes, and skeleton arms.

The Carved Pumpkin Fireplace

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Carved Pumpkin Fireplace

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I love the total looks this provides, using a set of pumpkins… each carved with some distinct flames.  The orange candles add a nice touch to the complete display.

Squirrel Pumpkin

Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Chipmunks Pumpkin

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From Twitter User @KKmieske comes this entry from Hamilton, Ontario. As she writes, and I would agree,

Pumpkin carving in Hamilton today is amazing!

Two Hearts Carved Pumpkin

Two Hearts Carved Pumpkin

A super-cute alternative to your traditional scary pumpkin.

The Check Engine Light Pumpkin

Pumpkin Carving Ideas Check Engine Light Pumpkin

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Possibly the scariest pumpkin ever made!  Ever!

Fire Breathing Dragon Pumpkin

Fire Breathing Dragon Pumpkin

I love the dragon carving, including the deeper cuts that create the illusion that this dragon is breathing fire.

Bloody Eyeball Carved Pumpkin

Bloody Eyeball Carved Pumpkin Idea

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This combination of pumpkin carving and painting creates a surreal and scary effect.

The Bass Violin Made of Pumpkins

The Bass Violin Made of Pumpkins

Although technically not a “carved” pumpkin, this idea – featuring a bunch of Jack Be Little pumpkins – was to creative to ignore.

17 thoughts on “Pumpkin Carving Ideas [150+ Halloween Pumpkins]”

  1. A lot of these Halloween pumpkin ideas are extremely detailed. I don’t know if I’d be able to make any as detailed, but I kind of want to try this Halloween season. I absolutely love the Cinderella carved pumpkin carriage!

  2. Celebrate Woman Today

    This is more than enough ideas to make all of our carving successful this Halloween! Wow, so many possibilities!

  3. Catherine Santiago Jose

    I am so amazed with these works, they are so beautiful although some of them scare me. lol!

  4. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    These are some pretty amazing pumpkin carving skills! It’s an art, truly. My husband, kids and I love pumpkin carving but just the usual simple styles lol

  5. Dominique Brooks

    These pumpkins are really amazing! The carving on some of them is so intricate!! Thanks for this!

  6. Those were really creative. I may need to try doing the simplest one 🙂 My kids would be so scared to see this haha.

  7. The toad carving would super cute for my preschool students. We are going to carve a pumpkin next month!

  8. Boo, Dog Trio, Cinderella… My favourite right now. Art in display at its finest. Anything for the Halloween ?. Awesome

  9. These came right on time ahead of our pumpkin carving competition at the office…Thank you so much.

  10. I LOVE Halloween and I LOVE these ideas! Last year I painted a pumpkin like a donut but I think I need to try that coach!

  11. Those pumpkin carvings look so scary! Fit for Halloween. If I was to DIY one, then the Cinderella coach would be my favorite. It looks cuter and less freaky.

  12. These ideas are insane and soo cool. I need to step up my game this year and I will for sure be using this as inspo.

  13. Some of this are amazingly stunning. It makes me wonder how long it took to carve them and the talent of these artists are incomprehensible

  14. Anything related to the Day of the Dead gets me. I love the creativity that goes behind this. These are some of the best carved out pumpkins I’ve ever seen!

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