Your Best Photos: Carved Halloween Pumpkins, 2009

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

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.

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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!

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.

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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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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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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