Looking for creative pumpkin carving ideas? We’ve rounded up our favorites we’ve found online to give you lots of inspiration on ways to carve a jack-o-lantern this Halloween!
1. Classically Cute Jack-o-Lantern Faces
You can never go wrong with a classic jack-o-lantern face!
2. Add Dry Ice for Dramatic Effect
Think a plain old face is boring? Add some dry ice inside the pumpkin for a spooky fog effect!
3. Carve a Mini Pumpkin
Why only carve one jack-o-lantern when you can carve two? These are some great examples of ideas for what you can achieve when you combine smaller decorative gourds with larger pumpkins!
This little pumpkin doesn’t look too happy to be lunch for the bigger pumpkin!
Hey, let me out! This is a clever design where the larger jack-o-lantern serves as a jail cell for the smaller one stuck behind bars.
4. Try Etching Instead of Carving
Pumpkins have a very thick outer shell that can be etched with all sorts of different elaborate designs.
If the idea of “pumpkin guts” and seeds everywhere sounds messy to you, this is a great way to enjoy the carving process without all the goop.
5. Turn That Frown Upside Down
Sometimes just changing the angle and place you carve can give you some fun and creative results.
A pumpkin turned on its side can give you great opportunity to use the stem as a nose!
6. Add Decorations & Accessories
Almost any type of carving can be dressed up with the right accessories! You can use natural materials like pine cones, sticks, twigs, and other plants from your garden.
Want to keep it organic. This creative creature below has snap peas for horns and a cucumber for a nose!
Of course, not all decorations or accessories need to be elaborate. I love this adorable “baby” punkin with a pacifier!
7. Create a Creature!
Here’s a fun and playful frog creature made by creatively stacking different sized gourds together.
We will continue to update this list with new ideas as we find them – it’s always fun to see what people think of!
Did you carve a pumpkin you’re proud of that you’d like to see included in this list? Send us your best Halloween pumpkin carving ideas here and of course tell us which pumpkin is your favorite in the list below!