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80 Incredible Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween

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Other than trick or treating, pumpkin carving is considered one of the most popular things to do on Halloween.   The great thing about pumpkin carving is that you can be a complete novice at it or a seasoned veteran, and there’s always something new you can do.  Today we’re going to help both groups with some great pumpkin carving ideas as well as a fantastic gallery of 50 pumpkin carving ideas that will blow you away.

Basic pumpkin carving materials

For the novice who has never carved a pumpkin and doesn’t necessarily need anything extravagant, there are four easy steps for you to follow.

  1. Choose a large pumpkin and use a sharp serrated knife to cut off the crown.
  2. Using a large serving spoon, scoop out the seeds and fibers and discard. Then remove some of the flesh.
  3. With a marker pen, draw a simple outline of a face on the pumpkin. Use a small serrated knife to cut out the eyes, nose and mouth. Always cut away from you in case the knife slips.
  4. Pop a tea light inside the pumpkin, light it and replace the crown.

General Instructions for a “Regular” Pumpkin

  1. Enlarge or decrease your pattern to fit your pumpkin. Attach the pattern to your pumpkin using tape or straight pins. If you use pins, place them on the design lines to avoid unwanted holes in the pumpkin.
  2. For a fresh pumpkin, use a poker tool to make holes along the design lines about 1/8 inch apart. Don’t push the poker through the wall of the pumpkin. Remove the pattern, when finished.
  3. For an artificial pumpkin, use a pencil to draw firmly over the pattern and engrave the design lines on the pumpkin skin.
  4. Cradle the pumpkin in your lap, and use a crafts knife or a saw to begin cutting out the design. For smaller more intricate openings, be sure to use a fine-tooth saw. Grasp the saw as you would hold a pencil and cut with a continuous up-and-down motion, keeping the saw perpendicular to the pumpkin.
  5. Apply only gentle pressure to avoid breaking the knife or saw blade and to guard against stressing or breaking the pumpkin. To avoid putting pressure on carved areas, work from the center of the design outward. Remove and reinsert the knife to make corners; don’t twist the blade. Use your finger to carefully push the pieces out of the pumpkin.
  6. To create an interesting design with color and light, remove the skin of the pumpkin after cutting out all openings. Use a rounded gouge, assorted clay tools, grapefruit spoon, or crafts knife to remove the skin and pulp to the thickness desired.
  7. Use an electric or battery-powered light in an artificial pumpkin; do not use a candle. To use a candle inside a fresh pumpkin, place the candle inside and carefully light it after all carving is completed.
  8. After the candle smoke has blackened a spot on the lid or the top, use a saw to cut a 1-inch-diameter hole at that spot for a chimney.
  9. To reduce shriveling, coat the cut edges of your carving with petroleum jelly. You can revive a shriveled pumpkin by soaking it in water for 1-8 hours. After removing it from the water, let it drain and dry it carefully.  – via

And that’s really all you need to do.  If you want to get more fancy, then we’re talking more materials like pumpkin carving stencils, special carving knives, paints, and other materials that can bring your pumpkin to life.   Speaking of fancier, below we’re going to present you with 50 pumpkin carving ideas ranging from super easy to extremely difficult.

Here are 80 pumpkin carving ideas that most people cannot do at all:

1. Ganesha Pumpkin

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Modeled after the famous Indian deity Ganesha.   Image via

2. Fire Breathing Dragon Pumpkin

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If you’re a little child, walking up to this pumpkin carving might send shivers down the back of your spine.

3. Haunted House Pumpkin Carving

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This work of art took days to complete.  This type of job is akin to woodcarving and takes incredible skill.   Photo via

4. Scary Monster Pumpkin

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Does this kind of remind you of Monsters University?  Great work at making the tongue come out.

5. Contest Winner Pumpkin

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This pumpkin is impressive in its own right.  Look at the size of that thing.  The carving is an added bonus, and a fine one at that.  Photo via

6. Scary Skull Pumpkin Carving by Villafane Studios

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7. Pumpkin Carving by Ray Villafane

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8. Elephant Pumpkin

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9. Scary Hog Pumpkin

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10. Scary Clown Pumpkin

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11. Witch Face Pumpkin

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12. Scary Hand Pumpkin

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13. The Predator Pumpkin

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14. Mars Attacks Pumpkin

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15. Double Face Pumpkin

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16. Frankenstein Pumpkin

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17. Football Player Pumpkin

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18. Medusa Pumpkin

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19. Zipperhead Pumpkin

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20. Ninja Turtle Pumpkin

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21. Jack Sparrow Pumpkin

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22.  Albert Einstein Pumpkin

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23. Alien Pumpkin

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24. Angler Fish Pumpkin

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25. Anime Pumpkin

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26.  Bert and Ernie Pumpkin

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27.  Cannibal Pumpkin

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28.  Cap’n Crunch Pumpkin

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29. Celtic Pumpkin Carvings

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30. Charizard Pumpkin

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31. Cheeseburger Pumpkin

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32. Cheshire Cat Pumpkin

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33. Chimpanzee Pumpkin

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34. Chucky Pumpkin

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35. Alarm Clock Pumpkin

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36. Darth Vader Pumpkin

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37.  Death Star Pumpkin

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38. Eagle and Snake Pumpkin

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39. Eating Pumpkin

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40. Ellen Degeneres Pumpkin

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41. Elvis Pumpkin

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42. ET Movie Pumpkin

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43. Punch in the Face Pumpkin

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44. Fantasia Pumpkin

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45. Finding Nemo Pumpkin

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46. Angry Fish Pumpkin

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47. Nice House Pumpkin

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48.  Gizmo Pumpkin

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49.  Cute Gizmo Pumpkin

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50. Golden Retriever Pumpkin

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51. Harry Potter Pumpkin

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52. Hogwarts Pumpkin

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53.  Iron Man Pumpkin

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54. Joker Pumpkin

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55.  Jurassic Park Pumpkin

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56. Lady and the Tramp Pumpkin

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57. Mewtwo Pumpkin

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58.  Moose Pumpkin

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59.  Mugger Pumpkin

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60.  Finding Nemo Shark Pumpkin

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61. Lion Pumpkin

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62. Pirate Ship Pumpkin

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63. Jail Pumpkin

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64. R2D2 Pumpkin

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65. Robotic Man Pumpkin

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66. Sheldon Cooper Pumpkin

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67. Space Invaders Pumpkin

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68. Squirtle Pumpkin

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69. Stem Pumpkin

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70. Super Mario Pumpkin

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71. Swamp Thing Pumpkin

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72.  Terminator Pumpkin

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73. The Shining Pumpkin

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74. Tiger Pumpkin

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75. Transformers Pumpkin

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76. Van Gogh Pumpkin

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77. Viking Pumpkin

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78.  Volkswagen Minivan Pumpkin

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79.  Wolfman Pumpkin

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80.  Where the Wild Things Are Pumpkin

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81.  Yoda Pumpkin

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Written by Housely

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