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20 Pumpkin Carving Ideas to Inspire You this Halloween

Get out those power tools and carving kits! It's time to create your best Halloween pumpkin ever.

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Carve Just the Skin

While it’s common practice to cut completely through the pumpkin to create a design, we love this unique technique, which could be your favorite new pumpkin carving idea. The carver removed just the skin to create a 3-D face that’s scary and impressive! Check out these 10 things you can do with a Jack-o-Lantern after Halloween.

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Make a Face Using the Stem

Here’s another pumpkin with carving that doesn’t go all the way through. And this one incorporates the pumpkin’s stem into the design. Flip the pumpkin on its side and work around the stem to carve a face, with the stem serving as a large, crazy nose of a funny-looking monster!

(P.S. You can also carve a pumpkin with a pressure washer!)

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Floral Arrangement

Is this not the most beautiful pumpkin carving you’ve ever seen? Skip the scary stuff and choose a more romantic route by carving your pumpkin into a beautiful display of flowers. Take a look at these 16 crazy painted pumpkins.

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Enchanted Fairy Pumpkin House

For the family that prefers something sweet over scary, this is a great addition to your pumpkin carving ideas! Transform a pumpkin into a quaint abode fit for a fairy. You’ve got to see these beautiful pumpkins made with fall leaves and decoupage glue.

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VW Volkswagon Pumpkin

Who says you have to carve a creature? We love the creativity of this Halloween pumpkin carving idea.

Also, here’s how to make glitter-covered pumpkins. Snazzy!

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Carved Out Pumpkin Costume

If you have a small child, this pumpkin carving idea might be perfect for you this year. Find yourself a big enough pumpkin to comfortably place your little one in and carve out holes near the bottom for their legs. Then, take lots of pictures! Learn how to use your power tools to carve pumpkins this Halloween. It’s fun!.

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Halloween Pumpkin Eating Small Pumpkin

At first glance, each of these pumpkins offers a simple design. But together, they create a fun scene! We love that a tiny pumpkin was turned into monster food. Check out these 10 clever things you can do with a pile of leaves.

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Man Smoking a Pipe

Now this is one impressive carved pumpkin. While we absolutely love how realistic the lips, eyes, cheeks and chin look, we’re equally impressed with the idea to carve the stem of another pumpkin into a creepy hand, while another small fruit is used as the pipe. Need help getting into the Halloween spirit? Read about these 13 haunted house mysteries no one can explain.

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Ribboned Pumpkin

How beautiful is this ribboned design? It’s a unique pumpkin carving idea, and we’re all about the floral look. Also, be sure to check out this collection of 14 fall wreaths you probably haven’t seen before.

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Minion Pumpkin Carving

Minions are an adorable addition to your pumpkin carving ideas. This one is simple enough for the kids to do. Here are 15 more great ideas for pumpkin fun!

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Welcome Pumpkin

Keep it simple by welcoming guests with a festive flickering welcome sign. You can be as friendly or scary as you want with your lettering. This zigzag pumpkin tutorial teaches you how to make a trendy pumpkin.

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Jail Cell Pumpkin

We love that mini carved pumpkins were incorporated to make the scene of a person inside a jail cell, with parts of the larger pumpkin carved to appear like the person is holding onto the bars! You might also like these 23 seriously creepy Halloween yard decorations.

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Owl Carving

Celebrate autumn — when owls hoot the loudest — by trying your hand at a pumpkin carved to look like an owl! You can make it as simple or detailed as you wish. You may also like these owly Halloween pumpkins that are a hoot.

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Night Sky Pumpkin

Considering your pumpkins will be lit up in the evening, why not create a night sky carving like this one? We love how the crescent was gently carved out of the top layer of the pumpkin’s skin, while the stars were cut all the way through, in different sizes. Not in the Halloween spirit yet? Maybe one of these 100 activities to get you ready for Fall will inspire you.

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Sunflower Field

Light up the night with a sunflower field made of lit-up carved pumpkins! You can create the entirety of a sunflower, carving the design of a stem with its leaves on the bottom two, and finding a perfectly round pumpkin to top it all off to carve out the head. Plus, here’s how to keep squirrels from ruining the pumpkins on your porch.

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Statement Pumpkins

Who says pumpkins have to be super detailed or super scary? We love this trio that offers a positive approach to Halloween. Experienced carvers, novice crafters and those in between will find tips, tricks and ideas to take their gourd game to the next level in this collection of ideas..

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Carriage Pumpkin

Recreate one of the most iconic Disney movies by staging a doll horse and a doll Cinderella alongside this carriage pumpkin.

These tips will help you make your house and yard extra fun and spooky this year.

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Star Wars Carving

If you’re a Star Wars fan, then this pumpkin carving idea is for you. May the force be with you! Speaking of Star Wars, check out these awesome Star Wars-inspired decor items.

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Cat and Crescent Pumpkin

You can’t go wrong with a black cat on Halloween and the crescent moon makes it super-spooky. Get in the spirit of fall with these pumpkin spice goodies.

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Baby Vampire Pumpkin

If you’ve only got little pumpkins, you can still make them scary. All you need are some fangs!

These 20 DIY Halloween creations take the holiday to a whole new level.

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