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Halloween is just around the corner! That means dressing up, trick or treating, and of course, pumpkins—lots and lots of them! It used to be that pumpkin carving was just making two eyes and a wobbly mouth and calling it a day. However, in the age of Instagram, it’s time to up your game. Below, we’ve put together some inspiration for the coolest pumpkin carvings.
If you’re fairly new to pumpkin carving, you can give yourself a head start with this cheap but awesome stencil from Etsy. Simple but effective, this stencil can be used by children and allows you to easily make the scariest looking pumpkin on the block with spooky eye holes and ferocious teeth. This one’s already pretty scary but feel free to add your own creature features such as carving spider leg eyelashes or eyebrows.
White Is the New Orange
The bright orange pumpkin may be traditional but, it’s not the only option out there. White pumpkins can be great as they literally give you a blank canvas to work on. Why not try a skull and crossbones? Simply carve out the shape of the skull; making holes for the eyes and mouth, and completely carve out a pair of crossbones underneath.
The beauty of this one is that the orange inside of the white pumpkin will shine through the holes for a simple but effective Halloween decoration. Even better, you can also use paint or Sharpies to add more detail to your dastardly design.
This is the one night of the year that we welcome our eight legged friends, and a spider carving is the perfect way to set the scene this Halloween. Don’t worry if it sounds complicated, this handy carving kit will guide you through the process of creating your creepy crawly pumpkin.
Carving Out Character
Pumpkins don’t always have to be scary. Why not try creating your child’s favorite character such as a minion? Simply carve a smile into your pumpkin and then use this push in decorating kit to add the finishing touches. Other on-trend character ideas include Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Caspar. Furthermore, you can get into the holiday spirit by watching some of the Best Fall Movies and Shows.
Lifting the Lid
If you’re using pumpkins to decorate your home, a stylish alternative to a scary face is to use your pumpkins as plant pots. Simply carve off the top of the pumpkin and remove the meat inside. This will create a unique vase for flowers or plants. Feel free to carve a simple design into the front of the pumpkin for added fun.
This one’s a little bit more complicated but definitely worth the effort. For your psycho mask pumpkin, you’ll need one large and one medium sized pumpkin. Cut the top of the larger pumpkin, empty it and carve the edges into spikes. Cut the bottom off the smaller pumpkin and carve the bottom into spikes and then carve a psycho face. For extra creativity, try carving wrinkles and adding scary eyes into the carved eye holes.
If you’re not convinced that your carving skills will be ‘Grammable, this is a really easy one (and a bit of a cheat). To create a brilliant Jack Skellington decoration, grab a medium sized pumpkin and carve the usual straightforward eyes, mouth and nose. Next, simply buy a cheap Jack Skellington doll and perch it on top of your pumpkin. Then, you’re all done!
Going to Bat
This design is almost too pretty to be scary and makes a fantastic addition to your Halloween decor. Simply carve out three or four bats from the side of your pumpkin and then insert a color changing light from Halloween Express. This will add a spooktastic glow to your batty pumpkin and definitely count as one of the coolest pumpkin carvings!
Kids love to see their names or initials on things, and this is a great way to start teaching the little ones carving skills. All you need to do is remove the top of your pumpkin and remove the meat. Next, sketch or stencil your child’s initials onto the front of the pumpkin and then carefully help them to carve out the letter for their very own Halloween decoration.
Another really easy one – and a fav with kids, the pukin’ pumpkin may not be tasteful but it looks awesome. Just empty and carve the pumpkin as you would normally and then scrunch up the meat to a lumpy puree. Finally, pile up the puree to look like it’s coming directly from the pumpkin’s mouth. If you are planning to use the pumpkin filling, why not try filling the pukin’ pumpkin with a pumpkin dip? Pair it with chips for feeding hungry little ghouls.
There are lots of pumpkin carving ideas out there if you know where to look. These DIY decorations not only look great but are super fun and easy. Keep the momentum and add some other Outdoor Halloween Decorations to Make Your House Spooky. This is the perfect time to let your kids’ imaginations run wild as they create some of the coolest pumpkin carvings ever! If you’d rather do this with your significant other, you can make a day out of it. Checkout some Fall Date Night Ideas for Couples. Happy Halloween!