23 Cool Halloween Pumpkins to Carve

Carving Halloween pumpkins is fun at any age. While we might have squirmed and giggled as we removed the innards of our pumpkins as kids and rejoiced in our preteens that dad let us help carve with the special knife, we've now moved on to bigger and better designs.

There are some pretty awesome Halloween pumpkins out there and narrowing it down to our favorite 10 jack-o-lantern designs was tough. This roundup includes assorted techniques and skill levels required to craft these featured Halloween pumpkins, but all of our picks are among the ultimate of pumpkin carving.


  • It’s never Halloween without a “BOO” decoration. Princess Pinky Girl turned her pumpkins into a light up sign that does a great job getting their point across. Grab more pumpkins and you can spell anything out!

  • This cutie is simple and adorable to keep around the house this season. Woman’s Day used a few little pumpkins as feet, one oval one for the body and a carved face into a mid-sized pumpkin for their own elephant! What animal will you make?

  • Turn your fire pit into a pumpkin pit! These flame pumpkins will keep your fire pit under control while giving you some light and warmth on those cold autumn nights. Thanks Better Homes and Gardens for such a great and unique idea!

  • Carving some foliage onto your pumpkins’ like these leaf and flower pumpkins is a great way to bring the season into your carving even more, while also giving you a chic and grownup spin to your carving!

  • Mix up your carving all together and trade in your pumpkin for another festive treat. iVillage decided to carve up a gourd, and we’re just loving the outcome!

  • You don’t have to decorate your pumpkin with a face. Take one from this pumpkin designer and turn your carvings into haunted body parts. We like these skeleton hands because they look spooky pulling themselves out of the ground.

  • Turn your pumpkin carving into a lawn decoration. This one from Cool Pumpkin Designs uses a carved pumpkin face and scarecrow body to make it look like your pumpkins have gone man-eating. We might have to fill our yard with a few of these to scare the neighborhood.

  • We’re all about the Minion’s this year. You can cave a few of your own like these silly guys, or if you’re not too handy with the carving tools, painting could also be a great option. All the kids will love your minion pumpkins, we promise!

  • Turn your pumpkin into a mummy with some white paint a wrapped up carving. Remove and Replace totally has the right idea.

  • These pumpkins from Making it Lovely will light up your yard, in a very chic way. Jazz up your carving with some fun paint and big polka dots to give yourself a decoration with or without tea lights inside!

  • This Cheshire Cat pumpkin featured on The Fun Times Guide brings us back into one of our favorite movies! Pile on multiple pumpkins to bring this character to life, and get carving!

  • This masterpiece was carved by Ray Villafane. Though we might not be able to recreate Ray’s work, which is so realistic, creative and completely unforgettable, we can try can’t we? This pumpkin pig has a personality that would scare even the bravest trick-or-treaters.

  • This pumpkin patch has been invaded by a pumpkin-zombie! This work of art, created by Ray Villafane has pumpkins that almost look human, and of course a killer zombie filled with pumpkin-guts!

  • Imagine the cries of fright on Halloween night if you displayed this incredible Medusa Halloween pumpkin in front of your home for trick-or-treaters! It definitely requires time and skill to recreate.

    Image via LogiChaos

  • Think outside the box - or should I say pumpkin? - this Halloween. Don't just carve a face into a pumpkin - find the pumpkin within and embellish the outside of the pumpkin with fun props like spooky eyeballs, wigs and any other accessories you might have!

  • No matter how old we get, this sick pumpkin design always makes us laugh. Simple enough to carve, just save the innards to display alongside the jack-o-lantern to get this look.

    Image via  freeloosedirt

  • Having this head-splitting horror on your stoop this Halloween will be sure to scare away the fainthearted trick-or-treaters, too. Candy seekers- beware! While this next jack-o-lantern gives us chills, it's so impressive that we can't look away. Check out the detail in the sticking!

    Image via Logi Chaos

  • If you have any young daughters, nieces, or granddaughters, impress and delight them this Halloween pumpkin carved to look like a carousel. Halloween doesn't have to be all about spooky!

    Image via The Pumpkin People of Saginaw, TX

  • Star Wars fans have found another way to celebrate the saga at Halloween that doesn't include dressing like their favorite Jedi. Check out this intricately carved Death Star pumpkin.

    Image via Fantasy Pumpkins

  • Put a unique spin on your jack-o-lantern this year by carving out the top of a lopsided pumpkin. Use the stem as a nose and don't go all the way through to give your jack-o-lantern a rotting teeth look.

    Image via Just Short of Crazy

  • Angry Birds might not be the typical jack-o-lantern carving you're used to seeing at Halloween, but this fun design is a perfect one to carve if you're looking to impress your kids.

    Image via MomFinds.com

  • Aren't you glad that the fate of the cheek pinching this holiday has befallen your jack-o-lantern rather than you? Go on, give it a squeeze! This pumpkin may look soft enough to mush in your hands, but it is really just an expertly carved design!

    Image via VillafaneStudios

  • This mischevous  jack-o-lantern utilizes all the fall fruits - gourds, pumpkins, and the cutest baby jack-o-lantern alive - at least for a little while!

    Image via Minimalist Furniture Design

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