Our Readers' Best Carved Pumpkins, 2008

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

Halloween Scenes

Scarecrow

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

Halloween Scenes

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.

Halloween Scenes

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.

Halloween Scenes

Flying Witch

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

Halloween Scenes

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?

Halloween Scenes

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!

Halloween Scenes

A Wink for You

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

Halloween Scenes

BOO

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

Halloween Scenes

Freaky Faces

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

Characters

SpongeBob

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

Characters

T-I-Double-Guh-Err

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

Characters

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.

Characters

You Go, Mario

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

Characters

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?

Characters

Lightning McQueen

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

Characters

Goofy Glow

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

Cats & Creatures

Fierce Dragon

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

Cats & Creatures

Pumpkin Kitty

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

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.

Cats & Creatures

Cat on the Moon

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

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.

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.

Ships & Logos

Harley-Davidson

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

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