Updated: Oct 11
Carving a toothy grin into your pumpkin is always a fun and classic option, but why not mix it up this year? There are too many great Halloween decorating options out there not to have a little extra fun, and most of these carving ideas are truly easy to complete and oh-so-cute. Whether you're carving pumpkin faces or other crafty designs, these creative ideas will make sure you have the best jack-o'-lantern in the neighborhood. You can even surprise your neighbors with an idea they've never seen before, like owl pumpkins, tealight candle holders made from pumpkins, and even pumpkin vases filled with blooms. Click through for how-tos and everything you need to create incredible pumpkins this year. Prefer not to carve? We've got ideas for that, too.
As a bonus, all of these ideas are the perfect foundation for our other festive fall decorating ideas. Need pumpkin patch suggestions? Here's the best one in every state.
Chalk Paint Pumpkin Candy Holder
This craft is best completed with a faux pumpkin to keep your candy fresh! Mark a hole on the top half of a faux pumpkin. Using a pumpkin carving set, carefully cut out a hole in the top half of the pumpkin. Sand down any rough edges. Paint the entire pumpkin with black chalk paint and let it dry. Fill with candy and write a message with chalk.
Mason Jar Pumpkin
To complement your farmhouse chic decor, take the time to carve out a classic mason jar on your pumpkin. Instead of the iconic Ball logo, go with something more festive.
Enjoy this pumpkin in the weeks following Halloween by indulging in these sweet lollipops (er, suckers).
Sunflower season might be over but that doesn't mean you can't have these beauties blooming on your front stoop during the fall months.
This family of birds is a literal hoot. Carve out their cute expressions using free templates, and then attach painted nuts for tiny ears and feet.
The walking dead are rising up — in your lawn. Life-sized bony limbs fit stretched across doubledecker gourds.
Light up the party with a spooky trail of spiders. Bent pipe cleaners bring to mind hairy tarantula legs when attached to mini pumpkins.
Head of Hair
Top your pumpkin with its very own plant toupee. Carve out the top of the gourd and tuck in a pot of grass or ivy for a truly awesome hairdo.
Here's the foolproof way to carve out ghoulish features: Tape transfer paper to a pumpkin and draw on your design. Then remove the paper and follow the outline.
No bloodthirsty monsters here. Yes, he's got a set of fangs, but what's not to love about this adorable Dracula face?
Go the extra mile and give your pumpkin head an accompanying torso. A second squash also provides extra decorating opportunities, such as this adorable bow tie.
Bring a pumpkin back from the dead by carving a lopsided smile and adding eerie eyeballs (shaped with a melon baller). Place two mini pumpkins to look like hands clawing their way from the grave.