Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Patterns for Halloween
Find the best pumpkin carving ideas and patterns for Halloween 2015 on this page. Here you will find big photos of pumpkin faces, jack-o'-lantern patterns and a how-to video guide.
This giant pumpkin face was carved by a child. A good rule of thumb for helping young kids carve a pumpkin is: The smaller the child doing the carving, the bigger the pumpkin you should use. Mistakes can be easily corrected when there is more room in which to maneuver the carving tool.
The first four carving ideas below are easy for little hands to make. The first pattern is another simple idea with triangle eyes and nose. The mouth is made with cut-out squares for teeth:
Using the same basic pattern above, see what a difference it makes to increase the size of the triangles used to make the eyes in the example below:
The pumpkin face below is made entirely of triangles. It's like a geometry lesson on a pumpkin.
The template below uses half moon shapes for the eyes and the mouth. The added eyebrows give a happy-face look.
Here's another easy idea for carving a pumpkin. This happy guy has great big eyes and slanted eyebrows:
Arched eyebrows always give a happy look, like in the pattern below:
The picture below is the classic, life-of -the-party, jack-o'-lantern pattern.
If you make a really big smile, you end up with a funny face pumpkin like the one below:
The one above also features a creative pumpkin carving idea. The carver cut the hole to remove the pulp and seeds in the bottom of the pumpkin instead of the top. If you do this, the pumpkin can be leveled and will be less likely to tip over with a burning candle inside. Besides that, it does give a more eerie look!
The idea below is for a giant pumpkin. Just look at all those candles this grandaddy holds:
Scary Pumpkin Carving Ideas
It wouldn't be Halloween without some scary pumpkin carving ideas in the mix to delight the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood. Check out these diabolical creations:
In the picture above, notice that a hole was cut in the top which gives the appearance of fire coming out of the top of its head.
The eyes and mouth of the scary pumpkin carving above are outlined with a red felt-tipped marker for added effect. Notice the triangle cutouts for the pupils of the eyes.
The jack-o'-lantern below uses a special-effects, battery operated light for a more sinister look:
Ghosts are also prominently featured on Halloween. The design below uses a template from the famous Edvard Munch painting The Scream to make a creepy, glow-in-the-dark ghost. This idea is perfect for a haunted house theme.
Use the idea below to make a pattern for a mean pumpkin man. Notice how the angry eyebrows are made.
Carving crossed eyes on the face gives a gruesome effect of wicked glee as in this photo:
Carving pupils for the eyes is also a way to give the appearance of spooky cat eyes as in the example below:
For a really creepy effect, just carve the eyes and no other facial features. When you do this, your carving looks like a Halloween cat lurking in the night.
Speaking of cats, here's the mischievous grin of the Cheshire cat from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, carved on two Halloween pumpkins:
It wouldn't be Halloween without a black cat lurking in the darkness. You can easily add one to a pumpkin. First, select one of these great pictures of Halloween cats. Next, make a pattern by tracing the one you like to thick black paper, using colored carbon paper to make the transfer. Cut out your black cat and use a glue stick to attach aluminum foil to the back to protect it from the candle flame.
Then, tape toothpicks or kabob skewers to the back and insert into your pumpkin. This is a unique idea and a real show-stopper.
Here's two carving examples which resemble the Felix the Cat cartoon character. A red felt-tipped marker adds the finishing touches.
Unusual Pumpkin Carving Ideas
These are extreme creations from the guru of pumpkin carving, Tom Nordone. Check out this cannibal pumpkin man.
This guide is written by pumpkin-carving addict Tom Nardone and he gets his 15 seconds of fame every year at Halloween. Click to go look inside this book for even more great ideas.
Learn the tricks of carving your pumpkin from the world's #1 expert in this video. Watch as Tom Nardone explains his methods and shows you which tools to use for special effects. Most of the carving tools he suggests are found in your kitchen drawer or at your local hardware store.
When you graduate from basic pumpkin-carving, make a costume for your creation, like in this example from the King of Carving himself:
This is the sequel to Nardone's first book and this is the ultimate extreme pumpkin carving guide. Click to look inside book.
Here's another unique template:
This one just goes to show you that anything works for this holiday:
Pumpkin Faces and Jack-O'-Lantern Patterns
Got a budding thespian in your family? This is the pumpkin version of the famous comedy and tragedy masks:
Do you know what's better than two pumpkin carving ideas? Why, three or four, of course. So, here's three more:
And here's four more:
And now here's five:
And here are six :
Making these pumpkin faces for Halloween jack-o'-lanterns is a super family activity. Don't have kids? Invite your friends and neighbors for a pre-Halloween party and make pumpkin carving the evening's entertainment. It's a great way to collect a creative assortment for your holiday decorating in a short time. Enjoy!
Have a Happy Halloween!