Halloween Pumpkin Carving: 30 Jack-o-lantern Carving Ideas

Try these unique faces on your Halloween pumpkin this year. 30+ pumpkin carving ideas.

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Don’t be bored carving the same old pumpkin faces this year. Try something new & fun this Halloween season.

Add these cool and unique pumpkin carving ideas to your Halloween bucket list, fun for the whole family. Whether you are decoration your fall front porch, your living room or backyard, you are sure to find a design that you love. Featuring ghoulish faces, scary jack-o-lanterns & cute character pumpkins, this list has it all!

Don’t just stop at carving, use paint, googly-eyes, and other fun craft supplies for a fun DIY pumpkin. Get the kids involved for a fun autumn activity.

Pumpkin Carving Tips

  • Grab yourself a kit of pumpkin carving tools. Safe for children, these pumpkin carving tools will save you time & reduce stress.
  • When carving your pumpkin, its advised to carve from the bottom, not from the top.
  • Use cookie cutters for easy pumpkin carving shapes. Use a hammer to get the cookie cutter through the tough pumpkin skin.
  • If trying to preserve your Halloween pumpkin right up until Halloween night, soak your pumpkin for 2-3 minutes in 1tbsp of bleach and 3L of water to help fight off mold and rot.

30+ Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

01 | Traditional Jack-o-lantern


Traditional never goes out of style. Make this simple jack-o-lantern with these easy instructions found here.

02 | Googly-Eyed Pumpkin


Scare all the Halloween trick-or-treaters with this spooky, googly-eyed pumpkin! Easy to carve & add as many eyes as you want. Fun Halloween craft for families.

03 | Puking Pumpkin

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Find the instructions here

04 | Free Candy Pumpkin

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Gotta let everybody know where the good stuff is on Halloween night!

05 | Crow Pumpkin


Get you pumpkin carving tools ready for this easy to carve Halloween crow pumpkin. Use a traceable crow template to make it even easier!

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06 | Spooky Halloween Pumpkin

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Instructions here.

07 | Pumpkin Fairy House


Try something different this year and create a miniature fairy home using your Halloween pumpkins! Carve out cute little doorways and windows and decorate with moss, bark and leaves.

08 | Pretty Geometric Pumpkins

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Such a cute fall home decor accent piece. Nothing scary about these Halloween pumpkins. Learn how to make these here.

09 | Canadian Beaver Pumpkin

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Channel your inner Canadian eh! This cute Canadian beaver can be made using a stencil found here. Start slowly, starting with the tiny details in the middle and work your way outward.

10 | Hanging Jack-o-lantern


Easy to make Halloween pumpkin decoration. Can be used for indoor and outdoor decorations. Instructions here.

11 | Spooky Insides

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Such a fun, creepy Halloween pumpkin carving design.

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12 | Creepy Pumpkin Babies


Try this super easy, yet oh so creepy Halloween Pumpkin carving idea today!

13 | Spooky Pumpkin Eyes

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So spooky! I wouldn’t want to see these pumpkins on my neighbors lawn late at night.

14 | Cute Owl Pumpkin Carving

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Cute owl and nighttime scene for kids and families to carve. Use these easy pumpkin carving templates found here for a simple, quick and fun pumpkin carving experience.

15 | Jack-o-planters

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Turn your Halloween pumpkins into cute Halloween planters! Simply carve, fill with soil and your favourite seasonal plants and voila! Fun DIY Halloween craft for the whole family!

16 | Hungry Halloween Pumpkin

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17 | Squiggly Face Pumpkin


Learn how to carve the perfect pumpkin here. Ps. It’s easier than you’d think!

18 | Brace-Face

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19 | Cute mice pumpkin

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20 | Mickey Mouse Pumpkin

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Have a Disney Halloween. Create this cute Mickey Mouse pumpkin using these easy to use Disney Pumpkin templates. Simply attach the template with some tape and use push pins to outline the carving design.

21 | Shadow Box Pumpkins


Such a cute and fun Halloween craft. Cut out any design on black cardstock and place a LED tealight for a cute Halloween pumpkin scene.

22 | Great Wolf Lodge Pumpkin


Check out these fun Great Wolf Lodge pumpkin patterns here!

23 | Spooky Zombie Pumpkin


24 | Purple Pumpkins


So cute and fun! Learn how to make these here. Paint your pumpkins any colour you’d like.

25 | Harry Potter Pumpkin


If only you could just use your magic wand to carve the pumpkin…

26 | Mickey Mouse Halloween Pumpkin


27 | Pumpkin Fairy House


Cute DIY Fall decor that you can do with the kids. Use child safe pumpkin carving tools if making with children.

28 | Halloween Bats & Cats


29 | Halloween Skull Pumpkin


Get into the spooky season with this DIY Skeleton pumpkin. So easy and fun to make using acrylic paint and some accessories.

30 | Tinkerbell Pumpkin


This cute fantast pumpkin is so much easier to make than it looks. Simply download the Tinkerbell template, attach to your pumpkin with tape and use push pins to outline the design.

31 | DIY Drilled Cat Pumpkins


Cute and girly Halloween pumpkin.

32 | Rainbow Pushpins


Such an easy Halloween craft to make with the kids. Use any colour pushpins to create unique and fun designs.

30+ Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Which of these cute or spooky pumpkin carving ideas will you try this year? Let me know your faves in the comments!

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