Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Patterns

Entertain the neighbors with these creative pumpkin carving patterns for your Halloween jack-o?-lantern.


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Funny Face
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Funny Face Pumpkins

    No need to worry about your carving skills with these goofy pumpkins -- their crooked smiles are charmingly imperfect. Mix it up by scraping off a facial feature or two (rather than carving all the way through) to reveal the pumpkin flesh underneath.

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Scarecrow on Duty

    Set a Halloween scene with this scarecrow display on a front porch chair or yard bench. Pose the artificial birds as desired, then wire the pieces in place to keep the display intact throughout the season.

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Beware the Pumpkins

    Letters or words carved into your pumpkins send your guests a spooky message. Carve one letter or word per pumpkin.

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Something to Crow About

    Create this eerie crow jack-o-lantern to set out on Halloween night. The watchful bird is perched on the sill of a "window" carved into a bright orange pumpkin.

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Monster Mash

    Create this scream-worthy mummy pumpkin by carving oddly shaped slits into the surface of a green pumpkin.

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Just for Laughs Pumpkin

    Turn on the smiles with a goofy smiling pumpkin for Halloween this year. Crooked teeth, a big nose, and expressive eyebrows add to this jack-o'-lantern's charm.

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Tower of Pumpkin Power

    This impressive tower of pumpkins includes faces that are whimsical, scary, and downright silly.

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Bird Brain

    This jack-o'-lantern is for the birds. Download the free pattern and transfer it onto a pumpkin. Using a knife or carving tools, cut out the openings. Cut the lid with a zigzag edge. Wind wire around the feet of the artificial birds, position them as desired (using the photo as a guide), and poke the wire ends into the pumpkin to secure the birds in place.

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Rough-and-Tumble Pumpkin

    Choose a dirty or not-quite-ripe pumpkin to create a face that looks like it has bumps and bruises. Transfer our free pattern to the pumpkin, then cut out the openings with a knife or carving tool. Use a knife to slice the bottoms off two gourds. Attach the gourd bottoms in the eye openings using wooden skewers. Cut a piece of cockscomb and insert into the head opening above the right eye using wooden skewers. Hot-glue candy corn to a piece of heavy paper that fits the mouth opening (the candy will melt slightly), then hot-glue the paper inside the mouth.

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Cemetery Markers

    These pumpkin versions of grave markers are far more creative than the expected wooden or foam ones. Create a design on a computer, print out, enlarge, and carve into a fresh or faux pumpkin.

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No Tricks, Just Treats

    Lure trick-or-treaters to the sweet stuff with this trio of pumpkins dressed as wrapped candies. The candy-lined path is sure to bring a parade of costumed ghosts, superheroes, and princesses to your door on Halloween night.

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Halloween Catchphrase

    Use a trio of pumpkins to spell "boo" this Halloween. Download our free stencil and trace one letter onto one pumpkin. Gouge the letters into the pumpkins, revealing the pumpkin skin.

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Drill a Pumpkin

    Whether evenly spaced dots or random designs, this pumpkin project is a quick way to decorate for Halloween.

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Set the Scene

    Cast shadows on Halloween with this nighttime sky design, complete with stars, a moon, and flying bats.

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Creature Cutouts

    Simple shapes carved into pumpkin shells make a bold Halloween statement -- especially when you add embellishments.

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Pumpkins Aglow

    Carve a whole patch of glowing jack-o'-lanterns. This twinkling arrangement of pumpkins is perfect for greeting trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Make a few polka-dot pumpkins (simply draw circles onto the pumpkin surface and carve) for a fun addition to your posse of jack-o'-lanterns.

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Willard the Warlock Pumpkin

    Black iridescent marbles give this wrinkly old fellow (carved into a gray pumpkin) a spooky gaze.

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Return of the Mummy

    Wide swaths of orange were cut away to resemble a mummy face wrapping. An eyeball and a few stray teeth add to the creepy illusion!

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Boo Avenue Mansion

    Haunt your abode with a haunted house pumpkin. Use the mini mansion as a frightening centerpiece for your next Halloween party.

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Monogram Pumpkins

    Let all who come knocking on your door know whose haunted lair they're approaching with a monogrammed pumpkin carved with our free alphabet stencils.

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Creepin' Cat Pumpkin

    This clever pumpkin made of foam will last for many eerie Halloweens to come.

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Flame-Design Pumpkin Stencils

    Create a family-friendly bonfire by carving pumpkins with flame designs.

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