Happy Witch by nbcclements
Why we picked this: We love the expression and profile view of this well-carved witch. This reader did a great job carving convincing hair and capturing a wicked smile.
Double Trouble by fshober28
Why we picked this: This pumpkin's the trifecta -- scraped, carved, and painted. These two mysterious but cute black cats stand out with acrylic paint; making their eyes glow even more when lit.
Jack 'n' Sally by posey812000
Why we picked this: First, we love the creativity that went into this Nightmare Before Christmas carved pumpkin. Second, the reader's husband carved it for their "Hallowedding." It served as the perfect centerpiece for their Halloween nuptials.
Chris' 2010 Pumpkin by bclingan10141
Why we picked this: The intricately carved leaves on this Halloween pumpkin are impressive and enchanting. We love the inclusion of the branch, as well as how the reader made the design large and prominent on the pumpkin.
Ghostly Pumpkins by Jordan Alexis
Why we picked this: Writing a phrase on a pumpkin takes a certain knack; writing a phrase with ghosts requires even more talent. These ghosts take some time off from haunting to wish passersby a happy Halloween!
Peace by joy.murdoch
Why we picked this: Through scraping and carving, this reader got her message across. The detail is admirable; we love that "peace" is inside a circle, as well as the delicate decorations around it.
BOO!! by mwhcjh955793
Why we picked this: We love that this pumpkin speaks for itself. The angled eyebrows show personality and also give this carved pumpkin a mischievous look.
Carved Wedding Pumpkin by wedigegirl
Why we picked this: The elegant initials are detailed and gorgeous on this carved pumpkin. The reader scraped off the top layer of the pumpkin to make quite an impression. Do the same to put a name, address, or message on your Halloween pumpkin.
Wickedly Grinning Jack Skellington by eternalwaves
Why we picked this: This jack's (er, Jack's) eyes have an especially frightful glow. The reader carved the spooky character from with a six-inch drywell jab saw and used a paring knife to highlight his eyes.
Haunted Mansion Pumpkin by ambie243
Why we picked this: The overlapping of the moon and mansion has a spooky effect on this pumpkin. Ambie243 found inspiration from some of our free Halloween stencils; we love the painted and carved combo.
Lilly Dog by LindsayA_Miller
Why we picked this: Whether she's carved into a pumpkin or staring at the camera, we're loving Lilly, a beautiful golden retriever. From her nose to her cute ears, Lilly's essence was captured perfectly by the reader. Take inspiration from your pup to carve your own likeness of Fido.
Scaredy Scarecrow! by hurdr11
Why we picked this: Not all carvings are frightful -- this one's delightful! This scarecrow's looking skyward on All Hallow's Eve.
Pumpkin Globe by Burell
Why we picked this: This pumpkin globe is incredibly clever. Perched on a spinning base, it's both decoration and geography lesson.
Pumpkin Friends Totem Pole by jennaaw17
Why we picked this: This reader used the BHG resources at her fingertips to create this whimsical pumpkin display. The cute expressions and three-dimensional elements added to the carved pumpkins take the decoration up a notch.
Hello Halloween! by anna.h.hines1
Why we picked this: We love Hello Kitty's little bow and the fact that this reader carved it for her daughter's first Halloween. It's proof that if something is cute, it will look even cuter carved.
Up Pumpkin by sjmarsha
Why we picked this: This delightful old man first touched our hearts when we saw him in Up, but he's even more charming when carved on a pumpkin. The reader used a Dremel 300 rotary tool and various attachments to make the intricate design.
The Arachnid by blondyloks35
Why we picked this: We're afraid of spiders to begin with, not to mention large, pumpkin-size ones. Nevertheless, the creative carving skills of blondyloks35 made us smile -- instead of shriek -- when we caught sight of this spooky spider pumpkin.
Raccoon by br1ttanymar13
Why we picked this: This raccoon is darn cute, especially with the well-carved tufts of fur on the side of his face. We bet those eyes look mischievous in the dark.
Molly & Her Pumpkin by micheleolive44
Why we picked this: This adorable boxer pumpkin could make any dog lover howl with delight. We love Molly the boxer's expression -- both in life and on a pumpkin.
Gracie Cat by mail4202539
Why we picked this: We love how this reader carved cute cat whiskers and eyes. The warm glow of the light make her features stand out in the most lifelike manner. Use our free cat pumpkin stencils and put your carving skills to the test to create your own furry feline pumpkin.
Scary Mr. Jack-o'-Lantern by mwhcjh955793
Why we picked this: With his mean eyebrows and spooky mouth, this jack-o'-lantern is pretty scary. We especially enjoy the detail around his eyes, an extra frightful touch when the sun goes down.
Pumpkin by salpow1956
Why we picked this: The cat's eyes won us over, and we're amazed that the reader scraped the majority of the pumpkin. The curlicue tail and tilted head are pretty adorable, too.
Draco the Dragon by jnmsmcg1
Why we picked this: The moon's all aglow in this "spooktacular" design. A fire-breathing dragon might be front and center, but the full moon behind him sets the scene.