Unique Pumpkin Carving Ideas

100+ Creative Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

The Owl on a Pumpkin, Pumpkin

The Owl on a Pumpkin Pumpkin

Another example of a pumpkin being carved into a pumpkin, this time accompanied by an owl.

Angry Pumpkin Face

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Angry Pumpkin

Another Cannibal Pumpkin Carving Idea

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Cannibal Pumpkin II


Another Cannibal Pumpkin Carving Idea

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Cannibal Pumpkin III

Pumpkin Totem

Pumpkin Totem

This intricately carved pumpkin looks like it belongs at the top of a totem pole.

The Zig Zag Smile Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Zig Zag Smile

Carved Clown Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Clown Pumpkin

Angry Owl Carved Pumpkin

Angry Owl Carved Pumpkin

This owl gives give scowl, don’t you think?

Sculpted Pumpkin Face

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Sculpted Face


Carved Pumpkin Welcome Sign

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Welcome Pumpkin

Creatively Carved Dancing Monkey Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Funky Monkey

Carved & Dried Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Dried Carved Pumpkin

Simple Box Carved Pumpkins

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Simple Carving

For those with limited carving skills (like me) these are simple box carvings with mostly straight lines… but it still creates a fun display.



Carved Fish Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Carved Fish

This intricately carved fish pumpkin might not be the best display for Trick or Treating, but it would be delightful for a fall dinner party.

Frankenweenie Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Frankenweenie

Big Grin Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Big Smile


Curls and Swirls Pumpkin

Curls and Swirls Pumpkin

This carved pumpkin is the headliner in this pumpkin patch presentation.

The Eyeless Creepy Smile

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Big Teeth

This pumpkin focuses all of the carving skills on the large, creepy smile. The complete lack of eyes actually adds to the creepy factor for this pumpkin.

Love, Joy, and Peace Pumpkins

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Love Joy Peace

Popping Eyeball Small Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Pooping Eyeballs

Actually not much carving going on here, but the creative use of accessories makes for a unique end result.

The Classic Jack O’ Lantern

The Classic Jack O' Lantern

This is the face that launched The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The Pumpkin Inside a Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Pumpkin in a Pumpkin

I love the fact that this pumpkin has a pumpkin carved into it. So Meta.



This Little Piggy Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Cute Pig

Just. So. Cute.

Carved Swan Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Carved Swan

Full Scarecrow Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Scarecrow Pumpkin

Sculpted Face Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Sculpted Scary Face


Smoking Dry Ice Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Smoking Dry Ice Pumpkin

The use of a bit of dry ice, or – with a large pumpkin – one of those small “smoke machines” can take a simple pumpkin carving and make it extraordinary.

The Carved Pumpkin Family

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Carved Pumpkin Family

The Carved Pumpkin Family, Part II

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | Carved Pumpkin Family


White Ghost Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas | White Ghost Pumpkin

Pinterest Pumpkins for 2020

As I continue to be impressed by some of the most amazing pumpkin carving skills, I am ALWAYS finding new designs to inspire. This is especially true when it comes to my moderate (but under control) Pinterest addiction.

Here are some amazing pumpkin designs I’ve spotted on Pinterest this year. And, of course, we invite you to checkout our entire Spook-Tacular Halloween board on Pinterest!

My Approach to Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Instead of dealing with my less-than-optimal carving skills that would likely leave me disappointed with the end results, I think might go for one of these Pumpkin Luminaries instead.

However, given my DIY skills (or lack thereof) even these could turn into a disaster.

Wish me luck!



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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