On Halloween, it’s not enough to have the great pumpkin — you need to have the greatest pumpkin. The competition is fierce and these Halloween pumpkin designs will make you a winner
Gone are the days you can get away with a few upside-down triangles and chiclet teeth. Nowadays, you practically need a degree in design to display your orange sphere with pride. Originality is important, too. You don’t want to carve a Spooky Swayze the same year everyone else is or pollute the block with one too many POTUS pumpkins.
Luckily, we have you covered with Halloween pumpkin designs and ideas so you can crush your orange dreams.
For the novice
Start out easy. Maybe you are new to this — like an alien ship just dropped you off and you are seeing your first pumpkin. Or perhaps your clumsiness with knives precedes you (you’re typically only trusted with blunt objects). If you aren’t into getting gourdy with it but still want to make sure your porch is lit, here are a few easy-peasy ideas.
Carve by numbers with this simple design. You will be letting the whole neighborhood know that they are on your lawn. In My Own Style shows you how to number your pumpkins.
Make a case for a vase. No one says you have to set the thing on fire. If you prefer flowers, you can gut it and fill it with your favorite flowers. This white, on-trend version from A Pumpkin and a Princess begs to be the center of your fall tablescape.
Ice, ice, baby
Here is a variation on the vase theme, but a bit more practical. This pumpkin doubles as a decanter. Carve this pumpkin out with space for your bottle of bubbly as seen in Everyday Dishes. Fill with cubes, chill the bottle, enjoy.
Light it up
Want to carve your pumpkin and be done with the whole holiday? This idea is perfect if you want to skip the trick-or-treaters altogether. If you use LED tea lights inside, you can stick lollipops all over these pumpkin lanterns from Design Love Fest.
Just make sure the holes are large enough for the lollipop sticks but not so large the lollipops fall out (or in). Then, turn the lights out and go out on the town, or stay in and go to bed. Now everyone is happy.
You’re going to spend all night answering the door and gifting mini-Snickers to tots dressed as superheroes and villains, so you might as well greet them with their favorite inked characters.
How can you have Halloween without the Joker? Whether you go old school with Jack, get contemporary with Jared or give a tribute to Heath, everyone will be laughing with you. Just call it a joke-r-lantern. Get the pattern here.
You can project the silver screen onto your orange canvas with the faces of a few familiar friends from film. The possibilities are endless! Horror movie, throwback ‘80s flick, action pic, sci-fi or children’s fare — pick your fave and carve away.
Here’s the droid you are looking for. This R2-D2 from Geekologie is so lifelike you can practically hear him talking (or should we say beeping?) back at C-3P0.
Carve it to scale — just don’t throw your back out lifting it to your porch.
It may be bad luck for a black cat to cross your path, but if you find these beauties on a doorstep, then you are the lucky one. Made with a few pumpkins put together with hot glue and adorned with ears, this trio from Crafts by Amanda will make your porch pawsome.
For the foodie
You’re in for a treat. There is no trick to these pumpkins, as long as you are willing to put a little work into them. Turn your gourd into the illusion of a mouthwatering dish.
Homer Simpson would be happy. The DIY Playbook makes sugary confections out of a vegetable — and they look good enough to eat.
Have it your way. This pumpkin is carved and painted to look like a juicy burger, complete with a sesame seed bun and some fries on the side. Courtesy of While Wearing Heels.
Using more than just a knife can create lots of different designs and give you a bit of leeway as far as letting the light in … and out.
If you believe this is brilliant, clap your hands. Homesthetics created this portrait of Tinker Bell and her trail of stardust using a combo of a cutting tool and a drill with a very fine drill bit. The result is a thousand points of tiny light.
This pumpkin isn’t like all the others, though it will be easier to make. Modern Parents Messy Kids shows you an easy way to mold your masterpiece. Use a cookie cutter as your mold and hammer your shape. No tracing, no knives.
If you are sick of hacking away at your pumpkin and yearn for the delicate designs you see the pros carving, perhaps you need the gentle touch of a linoleum carver.
From China Village shows how to recreate delicate leaves and floral patterns gently etched into the surface of the pumpkin without cutting through all the way.
For the theatrical
Want to make a scene? Add some props to your pumpkin and create a story around the carving. Use costume pieces, figurines, clothing items and more to display your diorama.