11 Ways to Maximize Pumpkin

Can't get enough pumpkin? We're sharing 11 creative ways to get more pumpkin in your life.

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Which Halloween Character Are You?

On October 31, should you patiently wait for the Great Pumpkin, spook the house's new residents, or claim that you ain't scared of no ghosts? Take our quiz…if you dare.

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Outrageous Pumpkins You HAVE to See

These spooky pumpkins are sure to scare up laughs and fun! Get complete DIY carving instructions here.

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Hipster Pumpkin Stencils

Grab your cardigan, pause your cassette tape, and pick a pumpkin that perfectly encompasses your hipster vibe. If you're feeling nostalgic, share this with your friends.

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3-Layer Candy Corn Drink: Perfect for Halloween!

Pretty colors and fruity flavors stand out in this 3-layer drink that looks just like candy corn. Adorable!

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Lazy Girl's Halloween Cupcakes

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How to Make Popcorn Balls

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Our Readers' Best Carved Pumpkins, 2008

We're impressed with your pumpkin carving skills! Here, we share our favorite Halloween pumpkin carvings submitted by BHG.com users.


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    • Halloween Scenes


      Why we picked this: We think the harsh lines in the scarecrow scene make the carving very effective.

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      A Scary Skull

      Why we picked this: Eek! This face is especially scary for a pumpkin carving. The details of the face and mouth must have taken some thought.

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      Simple Carvings

      Why we picked this: The marker drawings and carved shapes work really well together in these festive Halloween pumpkins. Plus, they look easy to replicate with some creative planning.

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      Flying Witch

      Why we picked this: We think this witch flying over a graveyard is clever and crafty.

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      Crying Wolf

      Why we picked this: This abstract Halloween scene is unique. To us, it looks like a wolf howling at the moon. Or maybe it's wild horses. What do you see?

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      Spooky Ghost

      Why we picked this: Simple yet scary, this Halloween character was created by removing simple shapes from the pumpkin's shell. We love it!

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      A Wink for You

      Why we picked this: We couldn't help but smile when we saw this carving.

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      Why we picked this: Watch out! This face has a spooky Halloween story to tell.

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      Freaky Faces

      Why we picked this: The repeated shapes really pop when these pumpkins are aglow.

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      Why we picked this: We're impressed by the detail of this SpongeBob SquarePants carving.

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      Why we picked this: Will the real Tigger please stand up? This carving looks just like him.

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      Mike from Monsters, Inc.

      Why we picked this: We really like the texture that was created when carving Mike. Showing the inside layers of the pumpkin is a great effect.

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      You Go, Mario

      Why we picked this: It's hard to even tell this is a pumpkin carving. Very well done!

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      Edward Scissorhands

      Why we picked this: We think this profile of Edward Scissorhands looks like it came right out of the movie. Which also makes us wonder: Can Edward carve a pumpkin?

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      Lightning McQueen

      Why we picked this: Lightning McQueen, a character from the Disney movie Cars, looks ready to race.

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      Goofy Glow

      Why we picked this: This Goofy pumpkin really gives off an orange glow!

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      Cats & Creatures

      Fierce Dragon

      Why we picked this: The detail of this dragon carving is extraordinary. We wonder how long this took to finish.

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      Cats & Creatures

      Pumpkin Kitty

      Why we picked this: Meow. Cat lovers all over the world will love this feline close-up.

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      Cats & Creatures

      Creepy Crawler

      Why we picked this: The eerie orange glow coming from this pumpkin gives off a spooky effect. We like how the spider is going for a pumpkin, too.

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      Cats & Creatures

      Cat on the Moon

      Why we picked this: We really like the jagged look of the cat's body. Great detail!

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      Ships & Logos

      Pirate Ship of the Caribbean

      Why we picked this: Although the pumpkin isn't real, the carving is. Check out the next slide to see it lit up.

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      Ships & Logos

      Pirate Ship of the Caribbean

      Why we picked this: We're very impressed with the realistic details on this silhouette of a pirate's ship.

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      Ships & Logos


      Why we picked this: Very clever! We like the idea of going hog wild when carving out a logo.

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      More real photos from readers!

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      Free Pumpkin-Carving Stencils of Favorite Dog Breeds

      Let your friends and neighbors know which dog breed is best by carving a Halloween pumpkin that looks like your favorite canine.
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