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Top 10 Halloween Pumpkin Designs

Updated on September 9, 2013

Getting Started

Choosing a pumpkin design is sometimes tough because you usually are limited with how many pumpkins you are going to carve. For that reason, it's almost stressful to try to decide which design you really want to go with. Well this lens is aiming to help you effortlessly decide on which design would be best suited for you this year. And heck, if you think you made the wrong choice, there's always next year!

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Image by lobo235 on Flickr

Easy Face Designs

For Beginners

There are lots of simple designs to use when just starting out with Halloween pumpkins. It's important to make it fun for the kids, so don't discourage them by having them attempt something difficult. The most simple designs include the typical eyes, nose, mouth cut-outs. But trust me, this will take enough time as it is, so don't think that it's just a walk in the park.

Allow your children to use their imagination. When you're all done, you can roast pumpkin seeds and have fun with it, after all isn't that what it's all about?

Jack-O-Lanterns 101 - Everything you need to know, and then some

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Image courtesy of Robbie1 on Creative Commons

Finicky Faces

Simple but Tricky Designs

Okay so they've mastered the whole eyes, nose and mouth pumpkin and now they want to try something trickier. In this case, you can get creative by adding teeth, braces, glasses, or the classic advanced-shaped eyes.

Have your children (or you) choose an image online to go off of or else just let them be creative. You'd be surprised at the ideas that they'll come up with, and isn't it always fun to have a challenge?

Just make sure you've 'carved' out enough time to get them done!

How to Properly Carve a Pumpkin - Helpful Tips

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Image by alex_ford on Flickr


Trying Something Tricky

Well if you've made it this far, you're probably quite the Halloween pumpkin carver. In that case, you'll want to choose something challenging that will be truly rewarding once you've finished.

Consider choosing an object to carve instead of doing a pumpkin face. Often times a mummy (as seen here), black cat, and skeleton are popular choices. They're difficult but not impossible to carve.

Scenery Pumpkin

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Image by bernard_in_va on Flickr
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Image by arewethereyet? on Flickr

House and Scenery

Getting Creative

The tricky designs come when you need to focus on more detail than you have before. For these designs, you'll need to concentrate on where the light will shine through and when it does, how the shadow will look. Because of the complexity, these pumpkins obviously take a bit more time to carve but have such a stunning presence when they are completed.

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Image by lisa_eglinton on Flickr

Someone Famous

Do you see it?

In the odd chance that you're extremely good at what you do (pumpkin carving), then this challenge might be right up your alley. Carving people into pumpkins is almost as hard, if not harder, than drawing them on paper. So for this task, you'll need a printout of the person you are going to carve and a knife that will accommodate the fine detail you are about to attempt. Take your time and focus on the unique characteristics of the person you are carving. That's the key to making them recognizable.

In case you hadn't figure out who these pumpkin carvings are, you might know them better as Dick Cheney and Lionel Richie.

Pumpkin Carving 101

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Image courtesy of Joebeone on Flickr

Spell It Out

Say It Like You Mean It

An overlooked option for your pumpkin is to simply spell out whatever you want. Sometimes this translates to doing your last name on your doorstep, maybe your street address, or even just a simple "Happy Halloween".

Text is really limited to the size of your pumpkin so pick carefully. Too small of text might become illegible and the detail might be lost as well.

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Image by James Corachea Stark on Flickr

Be An Animal

Take Your Pick

Scary options of animals are all over when you simply google "jack-o-lantern", however some are better than others. This black cat, for example, is a great way to make a cat into your pumpkin carving. The arched back is notorious for Halloween and of course, it will appear black in the midst of the evening.

Other good ideas for animals are wolves or owls (to stay on the scary page) or you can opt for something friendlier such as a dog or bird.

Book-Inspired Creativity

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Image courtesy of bernard_in_va on Flickr
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Image by slgckgc on Flickr

Sports Fan Pumpkin

Pick a Team and Go

So you're a sports fan; baseball, basketball, football, the list goes on. So which team do you have a jersey for? Maybe you have a ball cap? Whichever it is, take out your object of inspiration and use it to create a one-of-a-kind jack-o-lantern.

Keep it as simple as possible because when the light shines through, it may appear differently than you'd expect. Try to make it into one cut to make the lines as easy as possible to see.

Image by Plutor on Flickr
Image by Plutor on Flickr

Double the Trouble

Create a Monster

Who said you can only use one pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern? That's not the case at all! Think up a design that would be neat when it includes two pumpkins. The one shown here is a good example of a pumpkin that will really illuminate the night.

If you run out of ideas, or need help getting started, a few ideas might include the headless horseman, a snowman, a bigger scenery pumpkin, a tall and spooky haunted house, a bucket of Halloween treats or something along these lines.

Browse the internet if you're short on ideas and you'll be able to come up with something unique without a doubt.

Learn from Professionals

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Photo courtesy of Joe Madonna on Creative Commons

Make a Scupture

Easier Said Than Done

Last but not least, is a pumpkin sculpture. Make sure you have plenty of time to pull this off, however, because it is very time consuming and difficult as well. First off, decide on a sculpture that you would like to attempt. It could be anything off the top of your head, or it can be any of the designs I mentioned above. Next, plan on how you will stack, move, and position the pumpkins for your sculpture. Make sure that you use flameless candles or LED lights to avoid a fire if the pumpkins topple.

In the end, you might even find that making pumpkin sculptures are even more fun than making Halloween cookies!

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Image by VFS Digital Design on Flickr

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      6 years ago

      Amazing designs :)

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      6 years ago

      Boo-lessed ... Happy Halloween!

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      6 years ago

      @hlkljgk: ah me too

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      6 years ago

      cool ikdeas fo4r pumkins

    • hlkljgk profile image


      7 years ago from Western Mass

      i love carving pumpkins. we start early and carve often - 10 minimum each season. :)

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      8 years ago

      Great ideas! I tend to stick with the traditional happy face, but perhaps next year I will get a little bolder.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      These are some really cool designs for Jack o'lanterns. Thanks for featuring my "Pumpkin Carving and Gifts" lens. I will be sure to lensroll this.

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      8 years ago

      awesome designs, it should be LoTD

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      Barbara Walton 

      8 years ago from France

      Super pumpkin ideas. I've almost finished mine but will scour this lens for tips.

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      8 years ago

      Love the double trouble and scenery pumpkins. So creative!


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