Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Get some great Halloween pumpkin carving ideas from these photos submitted by other BHG.com users.
My Dog Spot from jen.benke2576891
Why we picked this: This inspiring carving pays homage to a real-life four-legged friend. Well done!
Chimp from bob.leah_pease
Why we picked this: We love this chimp's playful smile and the tufts of hair poking out from its ears, forehead, and chin.
Raccoon from debby edwards
Why we picked this: We're impressed how this design managed to capture the curious look in a raccoon's eyes.
Visitors from gbenoit3
Why we picked this: This detailed image suddenly turns an ordinary pumpkin into an inviting -- albeit haunted -- house.
Witch Silhouette from crydevon
Why we picked this: The repeated daggerlike edges of this carving just scream Halloween! Silhouettes are so dramatic for pumpkin carvings, and this is a great example.
Say Cheese! from elizabethks1
Why we picked this: His wide, goofy smile is downright contagious. And if that doesn't do the trick, those bright eyes will!
Toothy grin from ethanblackarts
Why we picked this: Check out all those sharp edges -- yikes! Looks like somebody had fun taking a knife to this pumpkin.
Jack from star4806
Why we picked this: Is there any better face for a jack-o'-lantern than The Pumpkin King from The Nightmare Before Christmas? Jack wears a detailed, stitched smile that grabbed our attention.
Sally from star4806
Why we picked this: Jack's co-star from The Nightmare Before Christmas looks mighty good on a pumpkin, too. We bet those hollow eyes were just begging to be carved out.
Pooh Bear from bob.leah_pease
Why we picked this: Not all pumpkins have to be scary. A sweet carving design is always refreshing and kid-friendly, and this carving was done well.
Maleficent from Willie896
Why we picked this: This evildoer from Disney's Sleeping Beauty is so realistic that she almost comes to life with that glowing backlight. And we're impressed by the detail of her wardrobe.
Headless Horseman from jmacneill1645000
Why we picked this: Such an intricate piece of work belongs on a storybook page instead of a pumpkin. We love how the torch glows in such a fiery way.
Blue from bob.leah_pease
Why we picked this: We'd recognize those floppy ears anywhere. It looks like Blue scadoo'd right into this pumpkin!
The Witch Is In from star.design
Why we picked this: Our nomination for chicest pumpkin in the patch goes to this bewitching design. Its white color really sets it apart from the traditional orange gourds.
Political Pumpkins from mbbnda
Why we picked this: These faces look familiar! We think mbbnda did a phenomenal job bringing to life BHG.com's presidential pumpkin stencils from Election 2008.
Pumpkin Burger from mehugnkiss
Why we picked this: Out of all the pumpkin recipes out there, we've never seen anything like this. The "sesame seed bun" is especially witty.
Happy Skeleton from thechurchgirl
Why we picked this: Wave hello! This friendly skeleton and bat prove that scary subjects can still be charming.