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100+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas To Try This Halloween

Halloween is terrific with costumes and gatherings, but there’s something else that enhances the excitement. It’s a time-honored custom that has been carried out for decades.

That’s pumpkin carving for Halloween. If you are making plans to decorate your home with carved pumpkins for Halloween, you are in luck because we have a tremendous collection of ideas for you.

And if there’s a pumpkin carving competition for amusement, consider yourself a winner already because if you try these ideas, you might come out on top. No Halloween would be complete without a pumpkin carved with a terrifying or adorable face.

If you want to startle people who arrive at your door on October 31st, these carved pumpkins will either scare them away or make them say ‘aww.’ Let’s start carving!

Pirate Jack-O-Lantern

Do you like pirates? Then you should definitely try out your creativity this Halloween. It may seem a little tricky, but all you have to do is carve two eyes, one of which will be hidden.

And a little creativity on that spooky mouth. You can scare people away by enhancing the pumpkin with a pirate headpiece and a knife in its mouth. The teeth got me.

No-Carve Harry Potter Pumpkin

Okay, we know we mentioned carved pumpkins for Halloween. But this one is just too adorable to pass up. In fact, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of carving a pumpkin, you can simply try this Harry Potter no-carve pumpkin.

You can use your imagination to enhance the overall task. Put big cute glasses on those cute eyes and that iconic sign on the forehead.

Uneven Teeth

This carved pumpkin design will turn your pumpkin into the coolest and cutest gourd on the block. When you try to recreate the same gigantic mouth with those uneven teeth, this cute & scary pumpkin idea becomes really fun.

Three Wise Monkeys

If you’re going all out and carving pumpkins for enjoyment, how about this? Can’t hear, see and speak pumpkin. You can even make small pumpkins to look like eyes. At the same time, it’s a glowing pumpkin. They mean See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.

Pumpkin Or Owlish

While carving a pumpkin, you can make it look pretty cute and like an owl, which is too cute to overlook for everyone who comes to visit. You can make a group of them, such as a family or a pair. You just need to add some detail to the eyes and you’re good to go for praises.

Olaf Pumpkin

Why are you concerned about pumpkin carving if you enjoyed watching Frozen and favored Olaf in the movie? Simply carve a pumpkin like Olaf to make a new buddy. You’ll need to paint the pumpkin white, paint those adorable eyes on it, and use branches for your hands.

Don’t forget to include a carrot as a nose because we don’t want Olaf to feel incomplete.


Superheroes and pumpkin carving go hand in hand. If you like Spiderman, this pumpkin carving would be ideal for Halloween. And the best part is that it needs slight effort.

All you need to do is carve eyes, a glowing pumpkin, and spider webs around.

Scary Laughing Pumpkin

This is undeniably creepy. This spooky pumpkin laughing gives me chills. Laughter is good, but this is frightening. But wait, try this idea out and work a little on that laughter.

Pika Pika Pikachu

We definitely want something adorable after that creepy laughing pumpkin. And this Pikachu pumpkin is so delightful that it may or may not make me forget about the laughing spooky pumpkin.

Someone Inside The Pumpkin

Those eyes and whatever is inside the pumpkin seem to be creepy. Maybe you can try it; it will take some time, but it will definitely scare all of us.

Look at those hands, they look like they’re about to come out and grab us and drag us inside. Okay, maybe not that frightening, but scary enough.

Cat Pumpkin

This cat pumpkin is gorgeous. You can also try this pumpkin idea if you have a cat or are a cat lover. Those adorable little ears and legs are also eye-catching. Keep that in mind if you are carving this idea.

Mickey Mouse

Looks like this is more of a ‘cute pumpkin carving ideas with a little spookiness’ list. This Mickey Mouse pumpkin design is simple. Carve the eyes, nose, and mouth, and make the ears out of small pumpkins.

Little Scared Pumpkin

We saw scary, cute, and a lot more pumpkins, but have you ever seen a scared pumpkin? It seems that instead of scaring people, he is scared.

Hungry Angry Pumpkin

You could try this unhappy and hungry pumpkin. You must put in a lot of effort to make the mouth the perfect size for the gourd. Make those eerie teeth and eyes add to the spookiness.

Instagram Pumpkin

We all use social media widely, and Instagram is one that almost everyone uses. In that case, create a spooky Instagram Pumpkin or other social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter.

You can even try all of this and design it at home. Don’t forget the orange smoking canister and those bata carved all over.

Ice Bucket

What did you think after reading Ice Bucket? If you don’t want to carve any characters or put in any hard work, you can carve the top of the pumpkin and fill it with ice to use as an ice bucket at your gathering. Everyone will most likely be pleased with this innovative idea.


If you want to have a bunch of pumpkins and you have a fireplace, you can carve pumpkins in flames and make them glow, and place them in your fireplace.


Do you need a Halloween lantern? Let’s hit two targets with one shot. Carve a lantern pumpkin and hang it on your front porch or in your living room. Place a candle inside and you can light it up.

Skeleton Hands

Imagine you’re lying in bed and a spooky skeleton hand approaches you. Scary, right? What about carving skeleton hands in pumpkins? You can use two pumpkins, one small and one slightly larger. Then, inside, place glowy lights.

Zombie Carving

Carve a zombie pumpkin if you enjoy watching zombie movies and shows. This one is simpler, and the pumpkin can be painted in white or pale colors. And make it appear to be dead but alive. You get it, right?

Pumpkin With Sticks

We’ve already mentioned the laughing pumpkin, so why not make a spooky pumpkin that’s smiling at you, complete with little sticks and toothpicks for teeth and eyes?

You can even use red paint to make it look like blood. And it looks like the Pumpkin ate someone.

Red Smoky Pumpkin

This carving is fairly simple, but a red smoke ball must be stored inside the pumpkin. Carve those eyes and mouth too. You can even make it look creepier through your imagination.

Witch Carving

We’ve all seen witch movies but have never tried to make a witch pumpkin. You can get the iconic black pointed hat and carve a spookier face. Not to mention the pointed nose.

Dead Pumpkins

Let’s talk about little pumpkins, not pumpkins, but a slew of dead pumpkins at your front entrance. It’s actually creepy, and imagine this moving at someone else’s home. Make a creepy and deadly carving of the eyes, mouth, and nose.

Bunch Of Expressions

You can experiment with a variety of pumpkin-like expressions. Make one pumpkin unhappy with tears, one agitated, one winking at the guests, and so on.

Uncle Bat

Bats are always something scary that we see in horror movies, and you can carve a confused uncle bat with some hair. Also, don’t forget to carve or paint bat shapes.

Candy House

If you love candies or have children who do, a ‘candy house’ pumpkin might be a good idea. You can put this in front of your residence and it might be fun for trick or treating.


This one is great if your costume is a mummy and you can bring a mummy-carved pumpkin. Make a lot of cuts to make it appear as if the pumpkin is covered in bandages or white cloth.

Crazy Hairstyle

You can carve normal pumpkins from your imagination, put some effort into the hairstyle, and make a bunch of these with crazy hair. Leaves can be used as hair.


Carve a pumpkin with the help of flowers. It’s another simple and enjoyable task. Carve the nose in the shape of a half moon, and instead of eyes, carve it and fill it with flowers that will look like eyes.

Boo-Yah Cool Dude

Let’s make this a really cool boo-yah and fool people into thinking it’s a real person. Carve a winking face into the pumpkin and dress up like a real person.

Zipper Pumpkin

Carve a normal pumpkin face and add a zipper into the mouth. Buttons can be made to look like eyes.

A Pumpkin Family

Create an entire family. You can also be creative and carve pumpkins for the rest of the family. You can even make a slew of lovely kids. Accessorize them with hats, bows, and sunglasses.

Lion Pumpkin

This one takes a great deal of effort and a lot of time to create. But it’ll turn out pretty well. Carve teeth and hair with your creation.

Robotic Creation

Those adorable little hands. You’ll need two pumpkins or one cut in half for this. Carve its cute face and its body like robotic parts.

Royal Witch

We’ve already mentioned a witch, but let’s make it more like a royal witch. You’ll obviously need the witch hat, but you can also use any black cloth as a cape for the witch. Perhaps a tiny broom? The witch in the image also has this eyeshadow, so you could try it as well. Simply carve the nose, eyes, and mouth and you’re ready to go.


This is an awesome idea. Pumpkins can be carved to look like honeycombs. The bees probably won’t come, but it will look unique.

Candy Holder

If you have children or a significant number of kids visiting your home for trick or treating, you can make a candy holder pumpkin. And just put a lot of candy for the kids to eat.

All you have to do is carve a massive hole, remove the contents, and then fill it with candy. You can either paint it or leave it as is. If you want, you can even write the instructions. For example, ‘Take One’ is written in this one. Hopefully, kids will pay attention to that.


Do you love using skincare products? You can make your own skincare pumpkin. You can embellish the skincare pumpkin with a face mask, cucumbers in the eyes, and a small headband for hair, which is not visible. But it’s actually quite endearing.

Scary Black Cat

We’ve seen cute cats, but a frightening cat for Halloween is a must. You’ll need two pumpkins for this. One large, and one about the size of the head. Make spooky eyes and ears by painting the pumpkin black.

Music Lover

Make a little buddy for yourself if you enjoy listening to music. This music-loving pumpkin is adorable, and don’t forget to include headphones. Using the toothpick, create spiky hair.

Spiky Hair

We had crazy hair, but spiky hair would be fantastic. You can make the pumpkin look cooler by adding spiky hair with leaves or something.

Vintage Pumpkin Trailer

The pumpkin trailer appeared to be a creative idea. Especially if it’s a vintage pumpkin. This doesn’t demand a level of carving. All you have to do is paint the pumpkin with your imagination.

Goofy Pumpkin Face

At times, goofiness is a cute expression. This goofy face is a little scary, but it’s worth a shot. As you can see, the candle can even be inserted inside the pumpkin. Make one of the eyes and mouth a little bigger.

Moon & Tree

Let’s explore new with triplet pumpkins. You only need to carve the upper one into the shape of a moon and paint the two below as trees. You are not needed to paint the entire pumpkin.

This looks quite inspiring, and it is likely to inspire other visitors to do something creative like this.

Golden Star Pumpkin

This one is exceptionally cute and simple to create. Carve the pumpkin with tiny stars and wrap it in gold paint. You can also try out various sparkling colors of your preference. But the stars will be eye-catching.

Candy Coated Pumpkin

If you have a lot of candies and a lot of kids visiting, you can try this one. It’s similar to accessorizing your pumpkin with candy.

But take a look at those creative teeth. White candies can be used to resemble this. The nose is heart-shaped. That’s cute.

A Vase

In simple terms, if you like flowers, you can make a vase. This is stunningly beautiful. Simply carve the top of the pumpkin and paint it with your favorite glittery paint before embedding your lovely flowers.

Pumpkins Spreading Happiness

Carving pumpkins does not always have to be scary. This time, let’s make happy ones. These three pumpkins have the most amazing smiles. Yes, the upper one is a little scary, but the other two are quite adorable.

Don’t forget to take note of the creativity in the middle one. It seems that the pumpkin has seen someone gorgeous or waiting for food.


Peeka peeka, this time, it’s not Pikachu. It’s peekaboo! The pumpkin looks like a monster, with a little one inside who appears to be scared. Plus, that skeleton hand got us. You can hold the top of the pumpkin with two sticks on the side.

Cute Ghosts

They aren’t particularly friendly looking for kids, but they do seem that to us. You can make two, three, or the entire clan. It’s all on you.

However, you will need to do a lot of carving, which will involve some effort in this design. But it will be worthwhile in the end.

Address Pumpkin Design

If you’re awaiting guests or hosting a Halloween party, you’ll want everyone to be able to find your house easily. To be creative, carve your address on the pumpkin and keep it near your front door. You can also use your creativity to design it. As an example, you could place it on top of a long vase.


Leaf Detailing

This one is actually quite lovely, but it needs that final touch from you. The leaves on the pumpkin must be diligently detailed. This can be done all over the pumpkin with an autumn leaf design.

Cupcake Pumpkin

Who doesn’t enjoy delightful cupcakes? What’s limiting you from making a cupcake pumpkin if cupcakes are your thing? You can make a large or small cupcake on the pumpkin.

This Snail Looks Real

In the beginning, we couldn’t believe it was literally made by someone. Because it’s too wonderful to be true, the fact is that it’s not as challenging as it might seem. You simply need to collect those eyes from somewhere.

Then, take another pumpkin and carve it in rounds to resemble it.

Galaxy Pumpkin

You won’t be doing many carvings, but you will be doing a lot of painting. All of the appealing colors will make it appear more alluring, particularly in the dark.

You can even take references from the internet, and your own creativity may aid in enhancing the outcome.

House Inside The Pumpkin

This house looks more like a shadow house inside the pumpkin. Carve one side of the pumpkin and remove all fillings from the inside. Make a shadow house. You can make the house with the use of paper and paint it a little inside.

Snapchat Pumpkin

Following that is a Snapchat pumpkin, or more precisely an emoji pumpkin. It’s a ghost, but it’s a charming one. We mentioned Instagram pumpkin before you can make this one with the one discussed. To make it glow in the dark, light a candle inside.

Creative Skeleton Head

You can carve the pumpkin in the shape of a skeleton head, add your creation, and even accessorize it in this. This looks to be both creative and scary.

Pumpkin Is Having A Burger

Burgers are one of the best foods we get to eat. Have you ever seen a pumpkin eat a burger? This one does. The heart eye is also noticeable, but those teeth look scarier at one point. And it would be even scarier at night.

Perfect For Golf Players

Another enjoyable Halloween activity is playing golf with friends and family. This design is truly amazing and innovative. All you have to do is carve the mouth a little larger. And, based on the pumpkin’s expression, it appears to be looking down.

Mom & Kid

If you want to make this Halloween and pumpkin carving more special, this looks cute for a mom-and-child duo. The mom is enjoying herself at the spa, and the child is pretty cute.

You can put fake lashes and a face mask on one of the pumpkins, and you know what to do with the baby one.

Submarine Cooler

We previously mentioned an ice bucket design, but this one is a submarine cooler. If you paint the pumpkin and carve it into the shape of a submarine, you can fill it with ice and use it as an ice cooler for water if you have guests over.

Glittery One

This one actually looks pretty normal pumpkin carving activity, but the glitters are what draw us in. If you don’t want to do much, you can carve a normal pumpkin and add glitter to make it look sparkly.

Vampire Candles

This is adorable, and these little ones can be made quickly. Carve the top and place your candles, possibly with a little blood-red paint. And you can light these candles at night to make them look pleasant.

Pumpkin Basket

We talked about flower vases, trucks, and other things. We didn’t talk about a basket. But wait, we will because the list is still long. If you’re throwing a party for your friends and family, carve the pumpkin and turn it into a basket.

Just don’t pick it up and put it elsewhere. To be more creative, remove the fillings from the inside and replace them with items that require space.

Colorful Little Ones

You can make these small ones and showcase them in your living room or dining room. Well, you can be more colorful by exploring blue, pink, green, red, and a variety of other shades.

You can alter the structure of the faces. Depending on your preferences, the mouth could be scary or cute. You can even mix and match the above-mentioned designs too.

Fairy House

We will repeat ourselves. Let’s make a massive fairy house if you’re going all out for Halloween this year with your costume and Halloween pumpkin carving custom. If you want to do this, you should start early because it will take a lot of time.

Every detail in this design appears to have been piece by piece crafted. You can make it even easier by using small pumpkins. Make doors and windows, paint them, and possibly add more items.

Jigsaw Time

Not solving, but making! You can save the carvings by making a jigsaw pumpkin. Well, you can keep the pieces scattered around to make it look interesting. You can even paint them to make them stand out.

Vintage Truck

We’ve talked about making a vintage trailer before, and perhaps we can even make a vintage truck. You can carve the truck and paint it instead of discarding it.

Then add a cart loaded with small pumpkins. Make spare buttons into wheels. And you’re all set.

Sunflower Pumpkins

Instead of a vase, you can try making a massive sunflower pile. With a variety of designs. Carve the pumpkins into sunflower shapes and add more pumpkins below.

You can carve leaves on the pumpkins detailed below. Have you noticed the cute little birds that are sitting around? That’s astounding because even the smallest details have been considered.

It’s A Barrel

Friends and family can be tricked by pumpkins and barrels if creativity is put to work. This is a pumpkin, and it’s incredibly artistic. Carving a pumpkin and turning it into a fruit barrel, that’s wow.

You can make it look more realistic by using a brown cloth or other materials.

Scary Scarecrow Pumpkin

Scarecrows are something we’ve all seen or heard about. It is used to keep certain ones at bay. However, by making these scarecrow-like pumpkins, you can keep people in scary costumes at bay. You can make a paper hat.

And tie around a rope or something. Don’t forget about those eyes, because they’re both frightening and attention-grabbing. You can also make those teeth. It’s not as challenging as the fairy house.

Pumpkin With A Moustache

Take a look at this pumpkin design’s massive mustache. To make a mustache pumpkin, start with a large mustache and then add eyes and a nose. You can even make small holes in the head. Add a candle inside and make it all glowy and attractive.

Witch With Bats

We’ve talked about witch pumpkins and bat pumpkins before, but this one is too great to pass up. Detailing is compelled in this pumpkin carving design, for example, making the witch and the broom is a little tricky but will turn out quite well.

Then, all over the pumpkin, make multiple bats. You can even make the witch and bats on both sides. And light the candle to make it more bright and aesthetically appealing.

Make A Howling Wolf

If you’ve seen Teen Wolf or other similar shows, you can make a howling wolf carving a pumpkin for Halloween. This will take some time to detail, but it will look fantastic.

Instead of carving, this image mentioned below appears to be an actual wolf or a drawing. Also, again keep candles inside and light them up.

Cute Little Mouse House

Do you have a mouse? Make a house for the mouse. Carve doors and windows on the side of your creation, and place flowers on top of the mouse house pumpkin.

The Wifi Is Down

If you have friends over and don’t want to share your wifi password, this design is perfect. Carve a pumpkin with the phrase “The Wifi Is Down” and showcase it in your living room.

You can also use this design if you’re planning a no-phone get-together with everyone. You can also carve something else if you want.

Happy Halloween

This design necessitates a large number of pumpkins. You can carve each alphabet on a single pumpkin, as shown in the images below.

The letter ‘P’ appears to have taken a lot of effort based on the design. To be exact, 14 pumpkins were used to make this. You’ll need a lot of help, but the initiative will be worth it.

However, if you have more time, you can design them even more with your own creation.

Pumpkin As A Burger

We discussed a cruel pumpkin eating a burger, but we didn’t talk about a pumpkin as a burger. You can carve two eyes and use the top and bottom of the pumpkin as burger buns.

Fillings such as tomatoes, cheese, and so on can be added to make it look precisely like a burger. Depending on the resources available, you can create a small or large one.

Trick Or Treat

Let’s carve Trick or Treat on a pumpkin. And that is the main phrase this Halloween, and it would look terrific.

Vibrant Heart Pumpkin

This one is impressive for sweethearts or spreading love. Carve a massive heart into the pumpkin and insert candles to make it glow in the dark. This looks stunning and extremely appealing.

Pumpkin PI

Mathematicians will absolutely like this design ‘Pumpkin Pi’. You can carve the formula into the pumpkin and place a candle to enhance its visibility in the dark.

Puking Pumpkin

It’s definitely gross, but it’s pretty unsettling to make because Halloween is all about scaring people, and you could put it in your garden or something. You must create these eyes and a massive mouth, with the fillings spilling outside and the pumpkin puking.

Those Weird Eyes

You can even make pumpkin carving entertaining and humorous by creating unusual designs. And this one is definitely silly and unique. Those eyes and mouth are kinda weird, but they look funny and you can definitely try this one out.

Lovestruck Eyes

Those heart eyes are captivating. There isn’t much to do except carving eyes, noses, and mouths. You can be creative and carve the top of the pumpkin to resemble a hat or other item worn by the pumpkin.

Table Numbers

Are you throwing a big party? This table number is ideal for when guests come over for lunch or dinner. Table numbers can be carved into pumpkins and placed on the tables. And they appear to be innovative and something new.

Drill Design

This design doesn’t need a lot of carving but mostly drilling holes and making it look like a snake or something like that. You can choose an animal or bird for this one.

Initials With Your Loved One

This will make people say ‘aww’. If you want to do something romantic, try this initial design. Carve the first letter of your and your partner’s names on the pumpkin. You can also add more things like placing a candle or designing and painting the pumpkin.

Leaf Lantern

We previously discussed a lantern and a leaf, and this is a blending of the two. A leaf lantern pumpkin.

This looks artistic since you can carve the shape of the leaf on the pumpkin and then remove it before adding candles and designing it from the inside after removing the fillings. Later, you can use it as a lantern. You can even paint it in your favorite colours. You can even put some leaves inside.

Mask Off Pumpkin

This face-off pumpkin is another creative design. Carve the face, then pull it and perhaps add a skeleton hand to make it look like the face that was carved away. Okay, this is really strange.

Missing Teeth Pumpkin

You can make something missing from the carved pumpkin’s face. This one appears to be missing teeth. You can be as creative as you want by using items from your home or yard such as leaves, flowers, and other things available.

Drink Up Witches

Are you inviting friends over for a night out or drinks? You can mix it up with this design and place it just next to the drinks. For example, we previously mentioned one, and this one is similar but not carved.

It’s painted and written instead. You can add fake spiders to make it look more witchy, perhaps by drawing the iconic witch hat and all.

We Are Grateful For

This is a marvelously artistic and must-try Halloween design. You can carve the words ‘You are grateful for’ and then have guests or family members add up what they are grateful for.

Alternatively, you can think of things and write them in leaf papers or actual leaves and stick them on the pumpkin. It’s a fun and creative way to remember what we’re thankful for.

Space Pumpkin

If you like spaces, you can make a whole space pumpkin design out of multiple pumpkins. We mentioned galaxies before, you can mix them up with this one and it would look amazing.


This Minion pumpkin design is pleasant, and minions have recently become popular. You don’t need to do many carvings; just a little painting on the pumpkin will be enough.

You can even add glasses or other eyewear. Well, you could even take a reference photo from the internet and try to paint it to look exactly like a minion.

Pandemic Pumpkin

Masks have been really used in recent years because of the pandemic, and you can try this one out. Just a little carving and a mask will do the work.

Paint Your Pumpkins

You can even get small pumpkins and paint them with cute images like the ones shown below. And you can keep it anywhere in your home. If you don’t have time to carve, this would be ideal. And they look cute.

Pineapple Pumpkin

Have you ever heard of pineapple pumpkin? You might be able to make it this year. This pineapple-shaped pumpkin will definitely fool your friends. You can add the pineapple top and carve the pumpkin in the shape of a pineapple.

Harry Potter

Last but not least. This is the most suitable choice. It will take a lot of work, but it will look incredible. You can carve ‘Harry Potter’ in one pumpkin, then the shadow image of Harry in another, and so on for a range of examples from the movies. At night, add candles to make it glow.

Now that concludes our list of 100 creative pumpkin carving ideas for Halloween this year. More suggestions are welcome in the comments section below. And if you made it to the end, Happy Halloween!

Ayman Bhorania
Ayman Bhorania
A Writer By Heart. Ayman Is Captivated By Movies & Shows, And She's Writing It Here. If She's Not Writing, You Will Find Her Watching Shows, Or Probably Playing Games!


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