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Jack O Lantern Ideas

Updated on September 3, 2017
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Halloween - fun for children and adults. I was noted for my annual Halloween parties and creative costumes.

Take a trip to the local pumpkin farm and get creative in decorating that pumpkin.
Take a trip to the local pumpkin farm and get creative in decorating that pumpkin. | Source

Choose Faces and Designs for Pumpkin Carving

With the great tools for carving jack o lanterns now, one can go far beyond the traditional smiling face on a pumpkin. Need ideas and inspiration? Here are plenty of examples of what can be done with a pumpkin. I've gathered together some designs for beginners and some that require some practice and skill.

Halloween is fun for all ages, so both kids and adults want to carve a jack o' lantern. Also popular are no-carve jack o-lanterns so even very young children can safely decorate one.


Pumpkin Carving for the Advanced Craftsperson

A Pumpkin Carving Masterpiece

A pumpkin carver at work at the fall festival in Sanford, Maine.
A pumpkin carver at work at the fall festival in Sanford, Maine. | Source

Lots of Tools to Create the Perfect Jack O Lantern

1 X Brass and Walnut Pro Pumpkin Carving Tool Kit by Warren Cutlery
1 X Brass and Walnut Pro Pumpkin Carving Tool Kit by Warren Cutlery

There are cheaper sets of pumpkin carving tools but the ones shown here are for the serious carver.

Click through to Amazon if you'd like to see the more inexpensive ones. These provide hours of fun carving pumpkins into marvelous designs.

 

Here's a Carving by a Master Carver

Don't be daunted. It takes lots of practice to get to this level of carving. Keep practicing and making your own designs.
Don't be daunted. It takes lots of practice to get to this level of carving. Keep practicing and making your own designs. | Source

Examples of Extreme Pumpkin Carving (Video) - Jack O' Lanterns Have Really Changed over the Years

More Great Ideas for a Pumpkin

I admit that when I'm faced with a pumpkin fresh from the field, I can't think of anything to carve besides the traditional triangle eyes and nose with a smiling mouth. Now with a book like this one, I can go wild with amazing jack-o-lantern ideas.

What an Amazing Carving!

It's hard to imagine how many hours it took to achieve this effect.
It's hard to imagine how many hours it took to achieve this effect. | Source

The Life and Death of a Pumpkin (first hand account) - Caution: this may be too intense for children (please preview first)

Flying Owl Design Carved on a Pumpkin

Look at this skillful owl carving on a pumpkin.
Look at this skillful owl carving on a pumpkin. | Source

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Pumpkin Decorating for the Youngest Enthusiast

No Carving Way to Decorate a Pumpkin - You don't need a knife

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Kit - Pumpkin Teeth for your Jack O' Lantern - Set of 18 Glow in the Dark Buck Teeth
Halloween Pumpkin Carving Kit - Pumpkin Teeth for your Jack O' Lantern - Set of 18 Glow in the Dark Buck Teeth

What fun. A child can press these glow-in-the-dark teeth into the pumpkin for a great look.

When I was a kid, we settled for the same old jack-o-lantern face consisting of three triangles (for the eyes and nose) and a crooked carved grin. But now the pumpkin can have a full set of pearly white teeth.

 

A Safe Way for a Child to Make a Jack O' Lantern - a video with safe techniques for carving a pumpkin

© 2010 Virginia Allain

Are You Carving a Pumpkin This Fall?

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    • PianoGeek LM profile image

      PianoGeek LM 5 years ago

      I like the extreme pumpkins.

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Relly cute ideas, Happy Halloween.

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      Cool pumpkins!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very fun designs!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I love the carving of the wolves. I wish I was that talented!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I went with mini pumpkins this year, and they're too small to carve. I do enjoy seeing how other people get creative with their pumpkins.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      I have no artistic abilities myself. If I carved or painted a pumpkin it would look like a 2 yr. old was handed a marker. I have to use stencils :) I do love looking at other people work. These are pretty awesome!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Now this is a very creative Jack'o Lantern page! I enjoyed the visit and really liked what I saw - particularly those ways to not carve a pumpkin as I'm a bit zero at pumpking carving!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I might have a go but it won't be as sensational as the extreme pumpkin carving featured here! This lens definitely gets me in the Halloween mood.

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Some amazing design ideas for decorating and carving pumpkins. Great to have simple ideas for the younger set too.

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