20 Fun Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Pumpkin carving ideas

Carving pumpkins is one of the most fun and easy Halloween activities you can do. All you need is pumpkins and carving tools, and to invite your family or friends round for a pumpkin carving contest. It’s a great opportunity to get your hands a little dirty and show off your artistic side.

So what shape should you go for this year? The classic creepy grin has likely been overdone, but here we have a selection of 20 fun pumpkin carving ideas and designs to choose from to show your creativity and take the crown of the best pumpkin in the neighbourhood. From movie-inspired pumpkins to untraditional art inspired pumpkins to haunted house pumpkins, this list has something for everyone, no matter your ability. Get carving this spooky season!

Scared Pumpkin

1 – Scared Pumpkins

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Not every pumpkin face has to be a mischievous grin. The spooky season can be a creepy time for everyone! Carve yourself a cute scared pumpkin face.

Baby Yoda Pumpkin

2 – Baby Yoda Pumpkins

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Baby Yoda has well and truly overtaken the world. Yoda’s unique appearance is the perfect addition to your pumpkin carving repertoire and is the perfect choice for any Star Wars fans out there.

Haunted House Pumpkin

3 – Haunted House Pumpkins

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If you’ve got some time on your hands this Halloween, you might want to take some time sketching out and carving stunning haunted house pumpkins. This is certainly one to impress your neighbours, the best part about it being that the windows glow with the candle inside, giving it an eery aesthetic.

Puking Pumpkin

4 – Puking Pumpkins

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Who said you couldn’t put the inside scrapings of your pumpkin to use? This puking pumpkin is a great idea for those who are maybe slightly lazy and want to put the guts on display for all the neighbourhood kids to “eww” at.

Mad Cat Pumpkin

5 – Mad Cat Pumpkins

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This Cheshire Cat-inspired pumpkin is a great choice for those Alice in Wonderland fans out there and sticks with the Halloween theme due to the common ‘black cat’ motif often associated with witches.

Heart Eyes Pumpkin

6 – Heart Eyes Pumpkins

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This one’s for the lovers. Use a cookie cutter to get the perfect heart shape for the instantly adorable pumpkin, or, simply, cut out the heart eyes to your preference!

Hungry Pumpkin

7 – Hungry Pumpkin

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The hungry pumpkin is a great idea if you manage to find a large and small pumpkins. It’s creepy yet fun and extremely creative. Top tip – hold the two pumpkins together with toothpicks.

Trick or Treat Pumpkin

8 – Trick or Treat Pumpkin

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This is a great idea if you’re living in a neighbourhood where kids often trick or treat, and you want to let them know that you have candy for them if they come knocking! The Trick or Treat Pumpkin is a fun spin on a classic pumpkin design.

Polka Dot Pumpkin

9 – Polka Dot Pumpkins

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The Polka Dot Pumpkin is a great choice if you’re running low on time, or simply want a fun and simple design that still gives a Tim Burton aesthetic. If you don’t fancy cutting out the individual holes, simply paint them on!

Hanging Bats Pumpkin

10 – Hanging Bats Pumpkins

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A pumpkin with a simple flying bat design? That’s way too overdone and boring. Opt for this hanging bat design for a fun new spin on the classic.

Racoon Pumpkin

11 – Racoon Pumpkins

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Racoons are known by many as ‘creatures of the night’, so what better animal to place on a pumpkin! Carve your racoon with an evil, menacing face to scare passers-by!

Flickering Fireplace Pumpkins

12 – Flickering Fire Pumpkins

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These flickering fire pumpkins are a great addition if you’re carving as a family or a group of friends, and want to create a larger design altogether. Or, simply if you have a larger space such as a large fireplace for your Halloween display.

Patterned Pumpkin

13 – Patterned Pumpkin

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If you want to do something unique, but that will still look pretty when glowing, opt for a patterned pumpkin and carve whatever pattern and design you fancy into it, such as a zigzag pattern featured here.

Skeleton Hands Pumpkins

14 – Skeleton Hands Pumpkin

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To create this fun and interesting pumpkin design, simply cut down the stem on the lower, larger pumpkin and stack a smaller one on top!

Tiger Face Pumpkins

15 – Tiger Face Pumpkins

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Unleash the wild this Halloween with a Tiger Face Pumpkin. This design captures the fierce and majestic essence of a tiger’s face, complete with detailed stripes and piercing eyes.

Vomiting Pumpkins

16 – Vomiting Pumpkins

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Get creative and a bit gross with the Vomiting Pumpkin design. This pumpkin has a carved face that looks like it’s mid-retch. And it’s complete with the pumpkin’s innards spilling out onto the floor below its mouth. It’s a humorous and slightly grotesque take.


Crossword Puzzle Pumpkins

17 – Crossword Puzzle Pumpkins

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Exercise your brain this Halloween with a Crossword Puzzle Pumpkin. This unique design involves carving a grid of letters into your pumpkin, resembling a crossword puzzle. You can make it interactive by leaving clues around for guests to solve.


Zombie Brains Pumpkins

18 – Zombie Brains Pumpkins

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This gruesome design features the top of the pumpkin carved off to resemble a zombie’s head. And the insides are crafted to look like oozing brains. It’s a fantastic pick for horror movie buffs and those who love a good scare.


Boo Design Pumpkins

19 – Boo Design Pumpkins

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This design involves carving the word “Boo!”—or any message of your choice—surrounded by small stars for added charm. It’s perfect for those who prefer a more straightforward approach to pumpkin carving while still wanting to participate in the festive fun.


Baby In The Womb Pumpkins

20 – Baby In The Womb Pumpkins

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For a truly unique and thought-provoking design, try the Baby in the Womb Pumpkin. This intricate carving depicts a baby suspended in the womb, connected by its umbilical cord. It’s a choice that combines the Halloween theme with a touch of the miraculous and surreal.

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