Unique Pumpkin Carving Ideas

100+ Creative Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Bad Hombre Carved Pumpkin

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

Drip Painting No Carve Pumpkins

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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

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Angler Fish Carved Pumpkin

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Of all the places to look for pumpkin carving ideas, I would not have pictured the deep blue sea as a source for inspiration. But I love the creative use of the two pumpkins, plus some outdoor mini-lights, to create this delightfully creepy Angler Fish carved pumpkin.

Scream Face 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

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | 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

Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas | 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

If You Dare Carved Pumpkin

Trick or treaters be warned, approach this house ONLY if you dare!!!

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!

17 thoughts on “100+ Creative Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas”

  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. 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

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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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