Funny Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Junk Food Jack O'Lanterns
These grinning pumpkins are perfect for the junk food lover in your life. To create the laughing pumpkins, carve your favorite design. Add embellishments to the smiling faces by gluing on licorice, taffy, and cheese puff hair.
Adorable Animal Pumpkins
A few craft supplies is all it takes to create these adorable animal pumpkins. These funny pumpkin faces are created with card stock, pipe cleaners, and glue. For the the cat face pumpkin and the elephant pumpkin, place the pumpkins on cylindrical vases wrapped with paper.
Funny Floral Pumpkins
Full of big grins and fresh accents, these festive floral designs put a lighthearted twist on Halloween pumpkin carving. Creating them is simpler than it looks: Cut off the top or drill holes to tuck in flowers and branches (cucumber slices, carved potatoes, and ferns make other fun options). Attach other accents with pins, toothpicks, or glue for adorable smiling pumpkins!
Editor's Tip: Make sure to use battery-operated lights to avoid fire risk.
A little bit funny, a little bit spooky, these witch's legs stand tall with black paint, ribbon, and shallow carving, courtesy of gouging tools. Accent this witch pumpkin design with a broomstick for outdoor decor that comes together easily.
Smiling Pumpkin Trio
A pacifier is all it takes to create these funny pumpkin faces. Simply make a small hole and insert. Add painted or carved eyes to create the baby face.
Video: How to Carve a Pumpkin
Watch to learn the basics on how to carve the best pumpkin on your block! Our time-tested tips and tricks will make carving pumpkins a breeze. Plus, gather more pumpkin face ideas, like this grinning jack-o'-lantern.
Not-So-Scary Skeleton Pumpkin
A white Lumina pumpkin works perfectly for this silly, skeleton pumpkin face filled with fall golden flowers. Use this funny pumpkin carving idea for a doorstep decoration or festive centerpiece. To make, cut out large circles for the eyes, a small triangle for the nose, and make a line for the mouth that's just big enough for light to shine through. Small vertical teeth slits finish this silly skeleton.
Pumpkin Birthday Party
Spice things up this Halloween with a pumpkin birthday party! Download the party pumpkin stencils and carve out the smiling faces on pumpkins. Shape scrapbooking paper into cones, creating a variety of tall and short hats. Use tape to secure the paper in cone shapes and decorate with an assortment of patterned paper circles. Trim some of the hat edges with paper fringe. Hot-glue the hats to the heads of the funny pumpkin faces.
Video: Pumpkin Carving Tricks and Tips
Watch to learn the easiest way to clean out your pumpkins. Our secret? We start from the bottom!
Aah! Even your pumpkin can get scared by all things spooky this Halloween. Use our pumpkin carving and crafting techniques to create a Halloween pumpkin that looks like it has seen a ghost.
Cheese and Mice
Use a faux or real pumpkin to create this funny pumpkin carving -- a gourd invaded by mice! Light yellow spray paint turns this pumpkin into a block of cheese, and drill bits make it easy to create different-size holes.
Grinning Pumpkin Grouping
If you have multiple carvers in your household, then these silly pumpkin carving ideas are perfect for each of them to create a unique design. This grouping is forgiving of any flaws, with wide grins, big eyes, and goofy expressions.
This Halloween, give your pumpkin its own costume. All you need is a pencil, fine-tooth saw, scissors, a small paintbrush, paint, paper or foam, small plastic cups, hot glue, and a marker. To start your funny pumpkin, decide on the placement of the eyes and mouth. Use a pencil to sketch onto the pumpkin if you'd like. Cut a hole from the bottom and clean out the pulp and seeds. Use a fine-tooth saw to cut out your openings. Take your time making smooth cuts, especially around the curves of the mouth. Paint the outside of clear plastic cups in bright colors to form the base of the eyes. Next, cut large white circles and smaller black circles from craft's foam or paper. To make the eyeballs, draw veins using a red sharpie and attach the circles together. Hot glue the eyes onto the painted eyeballs, then glue to the top of the pumpkin. An easy-to-make monster can add a little mischief to your Halloween décor.
Cat and Mouse Pumpkins
This smiling vampire stencil could seem scary at first, but he's a friendly, funny monster: just look at that grin! With a hooked nose and dramatic eyebrows, this vampire pumpkin is all fun and games. Get tips for creating him below!
Veggie Pumpkin Faces
Looking for a funny pumpkin face idea? Turn to your veggie drawer. Attach veggies to your pumpkin for a party-ready pumpkin idea that's fresh and fun. Adhere using toothpicks and glue.