Friday, October 4, 2019

Outrageous Pumpkin Carving Ideas (And Some Classics)

By Victoria M. Johnson

It's pumpkin carving season!  That means it's time to get out your serrated knife, scoop out mounds of seeds, and get busy designing and carving faces on your pumpkins.  Do you prefer whacked out faces or the classic jack-o-lantern face?  Either way, here are some ideas to get your creative pumpkin juices flowing.

But I NEVER Carved a Pumpkin Before!
Not to worry, you can find step-by-step instructions to carve your pumpkin on almost any food website.  Here is a sampling: BBC Good Food, Good Housekeeping, and Martha Stewart.

Photo by Rohan Reddy

Photo by David Menidrey

Photo by Paula Smith

Photo by Benedikt Geyer

Photo by Ian Dooley

I couldn't share enough pictures here so I included links below to more outrageously cool jack o lantern faces… just click on the name.

I adore this Whimsical Face

Here's a cute Zombie Pumpkin

Check out these eye-catching Eye Can See You Pumpkins

Here's an amazing Sweet Tooth Pumpkin

I hope you feel inspired to carve your own pumpkins this holiday season.  Are you already a pro?  What's your favorite design?  Please share in the comments below.  Happy Halloween! 

Victoria M. Johnson knew by the time she was ten that she wanted to be a writer.  She loves telling stories and she's happiest when creating new characters and new plots.  Avalon Books and Montlake Romance published Victoria's fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma.  Her other fiction book is a collection of romance short stories titled, The Substitute Bride and a novella, Hot Hawaiian Christmas. She is also the writer and director of four short films and two micro documentaries.   Visit Victoria's website at for inspiration and tips and find her Amazon author page or connect with her on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. These are great! Having no artistic ability, I usually download and print out a scary or funny face to use as a stencil for carving my pumpkin.

    1. Hi Karen--
      Stencils are perfectly acceptable! Some people don't carve at all, they draw a face on the pumpkin. And I think that is just fine, too. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Your photos are inspiring but I still leave pumpkin carving to my husband who takes great pleasure in not only carving it and setting it out on our front porch but also growing the pumpkin itself. I wouldn't want to mess with his fun.

    1. Hi Deborah--
      Wow! Your husband sounds like he really enjoys the season. Does he cook with it, too?