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Extreme Pumpkin Carving Halloween Books Review

Updated on September 23, 2019
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Brenda is an Ottawa native with a small eBay store. As Treasures by Brenda she sells a variety of new, used and vintage merchandise.

Extreme Pumpkins I and II Feature Pumpkin Carving That's Really Scary

Extreme pumpkin carving is a Halloween activity that many people take on with great enthusiasm, actively seeking out new ideas every year.Extreme Pumpkins and Extreme Pumpkins 2 were written by Tom Nardone and are the perfect resource for "diabolical do-it yourself designs to amuse your friends and scare your neighbors."On this page you'll find a review of the first book and more ~~ guaranteed to help put the scream back in your Halloween!

Click here to buy Extreme Pumpkins. It is extreme-ly reasonably priced at under $5.

If You Are Tired of Cutesy Pumpkins, This Book Is For You!

Extreme Pumpkins by Tom Nardone
Extreme Pumpkins by Tom Nardone

What's The 'Scoop' On Extreme Pumpkins?

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Extreme Pumpkins is a guide to carving pumpkins that are, let's say, a little bit out of the ordinary. It includes Tom Nardone's signature puking pumpkin shown below and all sorts of other gruesome creations -- including but not limited to a worm-infested pumpkin, a punk rock pumpkin, a cannibal pumpkin, a Stephen King 'Carrie' pumpkin, a crime scene pumpkin and a mooning pumpkin. These pumpkins are for adults to make and, where you deem the subject matter appropriate, kids to enjoy.

Besides the twenty designs or patterns in this book, you will also find an Extreme Toolbox in which Nardone recommends the tools he likes for creating his works of art. (Shown below.)You will also find his design strategies:

Is it extremely gross?Is it truly terrifying?Is it genuinely funny?Is it undeniably cool?

You'll find his pumpkin carving techniques and some awesome special effects plus the usual index, acknowledgements and information about the author.

This book is NOT your typical pumpkin carving book so if you are looking for a book of ideas to share with your family of pumpkin carvers, I would not recommend it. If you are, however, ready to ramp up your carving, looking for some extremely unusual ideas and you are not put off by the extreme nature of these pumpkins, you're going to love it. Ninety-six pages of pumpkin carving fun you'll use year after year!

Extreme Pumpkins: Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs to Amuse Your Friends and Scare Your Neighbors
Extreme Pumpkins: Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs to Amuse Your Friends and Scare Your Neighbors

This, the first book, contains "Diabolical do-it-yourself designs to amuse your friends and scare your neighbours."


Who Is Tom Nardone? Why, he's the author of Extreme Pumpkins, of course!

He's the pumpkin guru extraordinaire!

Tom Nardone is the founder of Initially, he posted a picture of his puking pumpkin online. It received so much attention that he went on to create the website.

After much success with it, he wrote Extreme Pumpkins: Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs to Amuse Your Friends and Scare Your and Extreme Pumpkins II: Take Back Halloween and Freak Out a Few More Neighbors.

Tom continues to run his very successful website and to make countless appearances during the Halloween season demonstrating his amazing skills.

Extreme Pumpkins II: Take Back Halloween and Freak Out a Few More Neighbors
Extreme Pumpkins II: Take Back Halloween and Freak Out a Few More Neighbors

This book, the second, promises to help you "Take Back Halloween and Freak Out A Few More Neighbors."


"I try to find designs that are gross, disgusting or really frightening." ~~ Tom Nardone

Extreme Pumpkins YouTube Video on People Of The Web

Nardone says, "I just got sick of seeing those cutsey little pumpkins at the grocery store. I wanted to scare the kids." Halloween fanatics meet your guru. Tom Nardone is putting the fear back on the faces of jack-0'-lanterns with a little help from pyrotechnics and power tools. No more "cutesy" pumpkins allowed.

Extreme Halloween: The Ultimate Guide to Making Halloween Scary Again
Extreme Halloween: The Ultimate Guide to Making Halloween Scary Again

The third book, Extreme Halloween contains pranks, pumpkins, party food and more.


The Extreme Pumpkin Carving Challenge or Contest on - Who can carve the most gruesome pumpkin of them all?

Each year Tom Nardone runs a pumpkin carving contest on his website, To enter, your pumpkin must be truly horrific, hilarious or outrageous. For all the details (and to see pictures of previous winnters) be sure to check his amazing website out by following the link shown below!

"Get Ready To Be The Coolest Pumpkin-Carver On The Block." - Extreme Pumpkins

Extreme Pumpkins Recommends Some Extreme (At Least To Me) Power Tools

Nadone recommends a jigsaw for smooth cuts and irregular curves, a reciprocating saw for deep cuts and tough flesh, a router for flaying, a drill for perfect holes, a steak knife for detail work and clean-up jobs and a big spoon for goop removal. In case some of these items are too much for you, he also recommends a standard toolbox of pumpkin carving items that are a bit less advanced. He prefers the power tools shown here because they increase the speed at which he can complete a project.

"Tom Nardone is the avant garde bad boy of jack-o-lantern art."

© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

What do you think of Extreme Pumpkins? Will yours be friendly or frightening?

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      Gregory Moore 

      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      These are really cool. I lean toward Frightening.

    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      7 years ago

      Amazing what some people are able to do with a pumpkin!

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      7 years ago

      Wow, these are really crazy. I wonder if there is a shrunken head pumpkin.

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      7 years ago

      These are extreme my daughter will have fun with these Thanks

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      7 years ago

      Funny stuff, very cool lens.

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      LucyMac LM 

      7 years ago

      I have never seen this before, I really love it

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      Yvonne L B 

      7 years ago from Covington, LA

      Great review on some good books. I like the extreme styles.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      BOO! I love my pumpkins to be friendly. Thanks for the review of these books. Happy Halloween! ^^..^^

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      8 years ago

      crazy heads - funny :-)

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      Tonie Cook 

      8 years ago from USA

      Extreme Pumpkins are very cool. Excellent review, and I'm now inspired to carve with a creative edge.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      These extreme pumpkins were definitely make me scream! I love the apron too :)

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      tandemonimom lm 

      9 years ago

      Wonderfully spooky and inventive! This lens is featured on Little Monsters Cookbook.

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      9 years ago

      Cool lens, thanks for putting this all together!

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      10 years ago

      It takes a lot of talent to pull something like this off (the carvings). Interesting photos. Well done!

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      10 years ago

      Wonderful lens & Great information

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      wayfarer lm 

      10 years ago

      His pumpkins made me laugh at loud. How clever! One of my favorites is the Property Defender pumpkin.

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      10 years ago from Western Mass

      we did quite a few this year: , well, my husband did most. :)

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      johnfn lm 

      10 years ago

      cool lens! I like the pumpkin mask near the end...spooky!

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      10 years ago

      interesting article

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      Pmona LM 

      10 years ago

      I love this lens. You've done a wonderful job showcasing the outrageous in pumpkin carving. 5*

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      Virginia Allain 

      10 years ago from Central Florida

      These are so creative! I love them. Sure wish I had your imagination.

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      10 years ago

      Nice work! I like my pumpkins EVIL!

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      lasertek lm 

      10 years ago

      Very interesting! Probably a first for me. I've never seen pumpkins carved this way. Great lens!Do visit my lens if you got time. Thanks

    • ZenandChic profile image


      10 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I do collect giraffes and I love them! I would love to have a pet giraffe

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      10 years ago


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      10 years ago

      These pumpkins are carved nicely .We use to carve pumpkins but these patterns are really "scary". It's a beautiful lens containing great carving ideas.

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      10 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      How cool is this? I'm also partial to the cannibal pumpkin... :D 5 stars and fav. Btw: Had a vision of pumpkins doing Extreme Sports when I saw the title.

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      Adrienne Jenkins 

      10 years ago

      I'm favoriting to remind me of how to do a great how-to lens loading with great information. Good job Brenda and Happy Halloween.

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      10 years ago

      Some terrific ideas. Thanks.

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      10 years ago

      Love it - there is something about the puking pumpkin I love every time I see it. maybe it is how I feel when I stick my hand in mine to clean it out - BLAH. You have been Blessed by The Party Animal. Party On....

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      10 years ago

      Great gross and creepy jack o'lanterns! A fun lens...

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      10 years ago

      Loved this lens! With two toddlers psyched for traditional pumpkin carving, my newly-teen son said "No way-borrrrring..." but Extreme pumpkins totally changed his tune! Thanks for sharing these gross, gory & cool ideas! 5*'s & favs & lensrolled!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      10 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me, Extreme Pumpkin Carving is amazing and so is this lens. Blessings and thank you for all you do for Squidoo!

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      momto4 lm 

      10 years ago

      Great lens! My favorite is the one with the little pumpkin in it's mouth. My kids (and husband) would love it! 5*'s

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      Wonderful ideas for carving pumpkins. Those pumpkins are extremely gross.Why not learn a little math while you are carving? Pumpkins and Place Value

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      Michey LM 

      10 years ago

      This is a lot of fun. fav 5*regardsmichey

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      Susanna Duffy 

      10 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Blessed by an Angel for Halloween (

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      10 years ago

      My husband has a lot of fun carving pumpkins. As we usually have a Halloween party, he carves five or six. They're awesome.Great lens,Thanks for sharing, and thank you for the blessing on my knife lens.Lizzy

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      10 years ago

      I can't believe I didn't think of this! This is fabulous! I've added the Rocket Moms plexo for this assignment to my Halloween Costumes for Couples lens. **5**

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      10 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Interesting lens...I hate never heard of Extreme Pumpkins! 5*

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      10 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Interesting lens...I hate never heard of Extreme Pumpkins! 5*

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      Lol! I can see how extreme pumpkin carving could be elevated to an art. Looks like fun!

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      10 years ago

      Love this!

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      10 years ago

      Love these!

    • verymary profile image


      10 years ago from Chicago area

      My boys would love these pumpkins! The cover photo on that book is amazing. 5*

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Mine will still be friendly, but I think these frightening designs are actually amazingly clever and very appealing to the too-old-for-trick-or-treat crowd. The power tools scare me, too! Boo! (Love the lens.)

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      10 years ago

      Now those are some creative lookin' pumpkins!

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      10 years ago

      These are fun pumpkins! Lensrolling to Halloween Songs! I just love Halloween!


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