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No Halloween is complete without some fun pumpkin carvings and jack-o’-lanterns ready to greet trick-or-treaters and party guests. From glamorous witches and spooky Medusas to beaded globes and tin men, there is always one idea to put you in your Halloween spirit. We went to Instagram and compiled a list of the best Halloween pumpkin carving ideas. And the best part is you don’t need to be an expert, and the result can still impress whoever sees it.

1: Hungry Pumpkin

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2: Not so Spooky “Spooky” Pumpkin

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3: Pikachu Pumpkin

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4: Baby Yoda Pumpkin

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5: Who is Inside the Pumpkin?

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6: Stack Up! And Pretend We Are Tall

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7: Mickey Mouse Pumpkin

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8: “This Is fine” meme Pumpkin

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9: The Adorable “boo!”

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10: Hitch A Free Ride

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11: “A Weird Family” Pumpkin

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12: “Trick or Treat” Pumpkins

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13: The Angry Mike Wazowski from Monsters University

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14: A Tough Smoker

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15: The Heart Rate Chart Pumpkin

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16: The Batman

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17: Go for a road trip

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18: U.S. President Election in 2020

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19: The Climbing Enthusiasts

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20: Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage

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21: Patrick & Spongebob Painted Pumpkin

22: 2020 Is On Fire

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23: COVID-19 Inspired Pumpkins

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24: A new species: Pumpkin Palm

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25: Apple or Pumpkin?

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26: A Late-night Visitor/Eater

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27: A Pumpkin of Yourself

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28: “I Love Warm Hugs” Olaf Pumpkin

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29: Infernape Pokémon

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30: A Smiley Cat Pumpkin

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31: The Hash Slinging Slasher from SpongeBob

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32: A Nerdy Pumpkin

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33: Toy Story 4 Sporky, oh no, Forky

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34: Big Eye Pumpkin

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35: Among Us Pumpkin

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36: Home SPA Pumpkin

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37: Drunk, Vomiting Pumpkin

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38: The Cat

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39: Cabin in the Woods

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40: The Classic Jack-o’-Lantern

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41: Adorable Ghost Paint Pumpkin

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42: Polka dots Pumpkin

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43: Pumpkin with a Scary Stare

44: Chef Bon Appetit Pumpkin

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45: A Ferocious Carrot Lover

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46: Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland

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47: Boo!

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48: Angler Fish Pumpkin

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49: A Man-Eating Pumpkin

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50: A Murderer Pumpkin

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51: Shut You Up!

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52: An Alien Pumpkin

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53: The Old Hags

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54: Who’s Underneath!?

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55: Scary Teeth Pumpkin

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56: the Cat with Stitches

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57: The Infected Pumpkin

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58: The Beautician, with many eyeballs

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59: Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas

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60: Ouch!

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61: The Ghost Gang

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62: Another Axeman’s victim

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63: Evil Witch Pumpkin. What’s Under Her Hat?

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64: A Zombie Pumpkin

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65: A Venom Pumpkin

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66: A Hungry Pumpkin Spider

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67: Beh! Stick the Tongue Out

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68: Melting Face

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69: What’s Under the Pumpkin Face

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70: The Pumpkin Man is on the Loose!

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71: Prince Charming Carrousel

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72: Flower Pattern Pumpkin

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73: Again! Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland

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74: Rapunzel & Eugene from Disney’s Tangled

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75: Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas

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76: Charizard Pokémon Pumpkin

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77: Ariel, the little mermaid

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78: Dumbo, the flying elephant

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79: Mexican Death Mask

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80: Happy Halloween!

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81: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

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82: Tinker Bell & Her Pixie Dust

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83: Harry Potter Pumpkin

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84: The Little Mermaid Pumpkin, A Simpler Version

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85: Minions from Despicable Me

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Alright, that’s all the awesome pumpkin carving ideas we gathered after spending hours scrolling the feed of #pumpkincarvings on Instagram. Many thanks to these creative and talented artists and Halloween enthusiasts, and if you have other great ideas that should be on this list, leave a comment below.

If this is your first time carving a pumpkin, here are tips to help you get started.

Tips to Carve a Pumpkin for Halloween

  1. Pick a Perfect Pumpkin

    Before we start carving our Halloween gourds, let’s talk about how to pick a perfect one. The best candidate is one that’s bright orange, firm, and solid, with no soft spots, cuts, or other damages. Depending on your design, you can also consider mini-pumpkins, white pumpkins, or those with bumps on them.

  2. Gather Supplies and pumpkin carvers

    Once you have found that perfect pumpkin, what you need then is a bowl, water, paper towels, a scraper or spoon for cleaning the inside of the pumpkin, some tiny saws, and an awl. There are kid-friendly carving kits on Amazon, which costs only a few dollars and come with everything you need.

    You might also want to grab some spray paint, linoleum cutters, and drill bits if you want to make a colorful and elaborate one.

  3. Choose a Pumpkin Design

    Once you have had the tools and the pumpkin to work on, it’s time to select a design you like. Think of a character you want to portray on your pumpkin, and then pick one with a shape that works to your advantage.

  4. Start With The Bottom or Top

    When it comes to the first cut, you can either start from the top or bottom, depending on your design. The best way, in our opinion, is to cut a lid off the bottom, which helps to hide the cut and to add and position the candles later.

  5. Create a Chimney

    If you cut the lid from the top, consider creating a smoky hole, which acts as a draft that draws the air in when you light up the candle and helps it burn brighter.

  6. Cut out The Pulp and Seeds

    Next is the fun part — you get to clean the pumpkin inside out. Preparation is 90% of pumpkin carving, so it’s really important to do a great job on this. We’re using the measuring cup, which is our favorite tool for cleaning a pumpkin.

  7. Draw Your Design on The Pumpkin

    You can draw your design right onto the pumpkin or print or draw it on a piece of paper first and then cut your drawing out to attach it to the pumpkin using duct tape. There are also free pumpkin carving stencils and templates online to help you easily transfer artwork to your pumpkins.

  8. Start Making Some Tough Cuts

    Once the art is attached to the pumpkin, take a drawing pushpin and start outlining your art. Go along the edge of every line of your drawing and put a series of holes into the meat of the pumpkin.

  9. Use Your Scraps Creatively

    Don’t throw away the pumpkin shells you just cut off. Make a tongue, pipe, or hair accessories and use toothpicks to add them to the carved pumpkin.

  10. Light up Your Carved Pumpkin

    The final step is to light up your pumpkin! You can use candles, which can be messy, or battery-powered lights that simulate a candle flame. You can also use tea lights, flashlights, or your Christmas lights, which also add some festivity.

    Lastly, keep the pumpkin seeds you just scooped and roast them into the classic Halloween snack. Check out thispostfor a more detailed carving tutorial.

Now, put out your mason jars, Halloween costumes, Halloween decor, or whatever you need to make your home a haunted house and get the party started. If you’re looking for more Halloween crafts to keep yourself or the little ones busy,hereis a list.

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