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

When you'd prefer to prep for your Halloween party by styling your zombie makeup instead of piping cupcakes, look to GeorgetownCupcake.com for a dozen creepy sweets just in time for All Hallows Eve.

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How to Make Popcorn Balls

Ah, the popcorn ball. Three steps, basic ingredients, and some literal hands-on fun are at the heart of these classic treats that go just as well at a party as at low-key streaming-movie night. Now pop to it!

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Your Best Photos: Carved Halloween Pumpkins, 2009

Get some great Halloween pumpkin carving ideas from these photos submitted by other BHG.com users.


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    • Furry Friends

      My Dog Spot from jen.benke2576891

      Why we picked this: This inspiring carving pays homage to a real-life four-legged friend. Well done!

    • Furry Friends

      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.

    • Furry Friends

      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.

    • Halloween Favorites

      Visitors from gbenoit3

      Why we picked this: This detailed image suddenly turns an ordinary pumpkin into an inviting -- albeit haunted -- house.

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      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.

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      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!

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      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.

    • Characters

      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.

    • Characters

      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      Other Great Ideas

      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.

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      Other Great Ideas

      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.

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      Other Great Ideas

      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.

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      Halloween Favorites

      Happy Skeleton from thechurchgirl

      Why we picked this: Wave hello! This friendly skeleton and bat prove that scary subjects can still be charming.

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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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