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40 Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas

We are officially consuming pumpkin flavored things faster than leaves can fall off trees. As much as we love eating it, we also love using it as decor. We’ve shown you a whole bunch of innovative ways to decorate and design pumpkins, but sometimes nothing can beat that glowing orange orb. Get creative with your carving this Halloween with these 40 unique ideas.

1. Boo Pumpkin: It’s the catchphrase of the season. Play it up, pumpkin style. (via Brit + Co)

2. Drill Pumpkins: Genius! Drill holes into a pumpkin for a quick and easy design. Use just one size for a uniform look or switch it up and use multiple sizes like you see here. (via Wit and Whistle)

3. Anatomy Pumpkins: Rather than hanging a skeleton outside the door to spook trick or treaters, carve these pumpkins for a more original take on the tradition. (via Brit + Co)

4. QR Code Pumpkin: We are suckers for tech-inspired pumpkins. Print out a QR code for any site you like and shave off the rind until it glows bright enough to scan. (via QR Code Artist)

5. Mockingjay Pumpkin: Katniss comes back this November. If you’re as excited as we are, show it with your Halloween spirit. (via Buzzfeed)

6. Village Pumpkin: Here’s an awesome idea that is deceptively easy. The only carving required is the square windows. The rest of the building is just black paint! (via Country Living)

7. Cookie Cutter Pumpkin: If you have little ones who aren’t exactly knife ready, this is a perfect way to include them in the Halloween tradition. Have them pick where they want the shapes and use a mallet to cut them out. (via Modern Parents Messy Kids)

8. Dia de los Muertos: Flowers in pumpkins, why didn’t we think of that? The actual carving is a simple face. The colored pumpkin and plants are what make this option stand out. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

9. Chevron Pumpkin: Not all pumpkins have to be gory. Here’s a simple idea that will look as design savvy as the rest of your decor. (via Wit and Whistle)

10. Mason Jar Pumpkin: It’s official: Mason jars have taken over the world. (via Country Living)

11. Kitty Cat Pumpkin: Cats are definitely the official animal of Halloween. Pay ode to the critters with this simple design. (via Brit + Co)

12. Howling Display Pumpkin: A pumpkin as a diorama! Get in touch with your childhood and use a pumpkin to create any scene you like! (via Country Living)

13. Lantern Pumpkins: These pumpkins give a whole new meaning to jack o’ lanterns. Just like the village pumpkins, the carving shapes are basic. All the details come courtesy of the paint. (via Country Living)

14. Woodland Stenciled Pumpkins: Head for the woods this Halloween. Better Homes and Gardens has a whole bunch of free woodland-themed stencils to turn your front porch into critter-filled forest fun. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

15. Cinderella Pumpkin Flower: Why should the face of a pumpkin get all the glory? Switch things up and use the top. For the best results, choose a pumpkin that’s more reddish so the contrast really makes the flower pop. (via Country Living)

16. Cannibal Cute Pumpkin: Aww poor little guy didn’t stand a chance. (via Woman’s Day)

17. House Pumpkin: This past winner of Good Housekeeping’s carving contest is possibly the most charming of the bunch. You might not have the time to put in quite as much effort as what’s needed here, but a simplified version would still be totally adorable. (via Good Housekeeping)

18. Address Pumpkin: Give your address a Halloween facelift! Here’s an easy carve that you can keep up even after Halloween. (via In My Own Style)

19. Abstract Pumpkin: Ditch the gimmicks and go full artsy on this thing. Undulating lines and flowing curves make this pumpkin a sophisticated choice. (via HGTV)

20. French Bulldog Pumpkin: The world’s trendiest pup in festive form — copy this design or customize it to resemble your own doggy. (via Katherine Chandler)

21. Whale Pumpkin: How cute and easy is this? Hallow out your pumpkin, then slice off the bottom and create a tail shape and make very simple eyes and mouth for the head. This would make a super cute centerpiece at a Halloween dinner. (via Woman’s Day)

22. Marry Me Pumpkin: Boyfriends, take notice. This will give your gals a spook in the best way possible. (via Minimalisti)

23. Carriage Pumpkin: Cinderella may have sparked this cute idea, but lucky for us, we get to keep it long past midnight. Pick out some tiny pumpkins to use as the wheels and festive trim to make the windows look extra magical. (via Minimalisti)

24. Hello Kitty Pumpkin: Witches are everywhere come Halloween. But Hello Kitty witches are a sight seen only by a few. Make those wicked ladies a little more charming this season. (via PopSugar)

25. Harry Potter Pumpkin: Well if this isn’t the best Harry Potter pumpkin we’ve ever seen… HP chillin’ on your porch is bound to add some magic to your night. (via PopSugar)

26. Pumpkin Family: This cute pumpkin fam is just having some quality bonding time. (via PopSugar)

27. White Pumpkin: Switch things up this years and opt for a white pumpkin. Choose a clean abstract design for a jack o’ lantern you’ll wish you could keep around forever. (via PopSugar)

28. Snape Pumpkin: Are you a serious Potterhead? After you’ve mastered the Harry pumpkin, give him some company. (via PopSugar)

29. Fishbowl Pumpkin: Genius! Hallow out the inside of a pumpkin like normal, carve out a large circle and pop a small fishbowl in there. We’re guessing Goldie is going to be totally into her festive new digs. (via Southern Living)

30. Friendly Elephant Pumpkin: Look for a small pumpkin with a stem that can be turned upward like a trunk. Carve two eyes and slice the sides off to make floppy ears. Then assemble the feet and body with bamboo skewers. (via Woman’s Day)

31. Framed Pumpkin: So easy and classy — find a cool antique frame, glue flat-topped nails to the back, carve a hole the size of the opening and then just stab the nails in to keep the frame in place. (via She Makes a Home)

32. Cookie Monster Pumpkin: Here’s an idea the kids will freak over. The only carving required is a large opening for the mouth. Then paint the whole exterior blue, add crazy eyes and stuff with cookies! (via Princess Pinky Girl)

33. Mummy Pumpkin: Slice a hallowed out pumpkin horizontally and place the pieces back together using toothpicks. To make the eyes and mouth, simply glue on some coffee beans. (via Woman’s Day)

34. Flower Pumpkin: Take the drilled pumpkin one step further. Using a very small-sized drill, make holes along the middle of the pumpkin just big enough to poke flower stems through. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

35. Clock Pumpkin: Those early mornings are going to be a lot sweeter with this clock pumpkin that actually works! As you can probably guess, this one is a little more labor intensive, but it’s totally worth the effort if you can find the time ;)(via Built by Kids)

36. Monogrammed Pumpkin: Buy a small, medium and large pumpkin, and etch your initials into each one. Try using different fonts and styles for a typographical touch. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

37. Caravan Pumpkin: Stick this in the front of the carved house pumpkin for a real front porch crowd pleaser. Grab a pumpkin, this free template and get carving! (via Better Homes and Gardens)

38. Dip Dyed Pumpkins: Carve a white pumpkin with any motif you like. Then dip dye it, just like you would Easter eggs. The result is a light tint on the exterior and a vibrant hue on the inside. Just think how cool these would look when they’re glowing. (via Family Chic)

39. Wine Cooler Pumpkin: Hosting an Autumn party? Make a pumpkin not only part of the decor, but actually useful! All you have to do is hallow it out, slice off a side and pour in some ice. (via Cheryl Style)

40. Crow Pumpkin: Put a (creepy) bird on it! Carve out the outline of a bird and paint it black to make an extra eerie impression that Edgar Alan Poe would approve of. (via Better Homes and Gardens)

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