Halloween is getting closer and closer by the day. It’s a holiday that you’re bound to enjoy if you love horror movies, playing dress up, or especially doing crafts. After all, pumpkin carving is one of the biggest staples of Halloween. If you’re sick of sawing out simple triangle eyes and a mouth with four square teeth, then you can take a look at some of the craziest pumpkin carvings to get inspiration for your own creation:

Hungry Hungry Pumpkin

There’s no reason to stop after carving one pumpkin. If you’re in the creative mood and want to carve two—or if you have an extra lying around—then you can create a scene that allows both pumpkins to work together. If one pumpkin is tiny enough, just stick it in the mouth of the bigger pumpkin and give it an appropriate expression of horror.

Pirate Pumpkin

This is an elaborate design that should only be attempted by those of you who are patient and immune to frustration. One wrong move and you could mess up the entire pumpkin. Then again, if you do manage to pull it off, you’ll get some serious carving cred. Bonus points if you carve while listening to an epic soundtrack.

Shark Pumpkin

Most people aim to make their pumpkins look scary, since Halloween is a time to celebrate horror. Of course, you don’t have to stick to creating an angry looking pumpkin face. Instead, you can create an angry looking shark on your pumpkin. After all, sharks are one of the most common fears that people have today.

House Pumpkin

If you love television and movies, why not use your pumpkin to pay homage to one of your favorite characters? Just make sure that you do their portrait justice before you take a snapshot of your handiwork and post it to that celebrity’s Twitter—or else you could find yourself going viral for all the wrong reasons.

Stitch Pumpkin

The movie “Lilo and Stitch” is already 13 years old. However, Stitch’s popularity hasn’t declined over the years. He still has plenty of merchandise around for you to buy, and if you have a child, chances are that you see his cheeky little face every day already. That makes him an excellent kid-friendly  carving choice for your pumpkins, particularly if you get a lot of young trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood

Star Wars Pumpkin

That’s no moon! If you’re a huge Star Wars fan, you won’t care how long it’ll take you to create this replica of the Death Star, and judging by the amount of detail in that carving, it could be a pretty serious time investment. Who cares if it takes you hours and gets eaten by squirrels in three days? Totally worth it.

E.T. Pumpkin

E.T. is the perfect thing to carve on your pumpkins when you have little kids around. It’ll stick to the Halloween theme, but it won’t scare any of the children away…we hope. You might end up introducing a new generation to this classic film while you’re at it; either that or you’ll just feel ancient.

Hunger Games Pumpkin

Are you excited for the next Hunger Games movie in November? Carve your feelings onto your pumpkin with this Mockingjay design. We don’t know how many pint-sized Katnisses or Rues you’ll be seeing this season, but we’re sure they’ll get a kick out of it too. And hey—it’s always a good idea to encourage kids to read.

Mario Pumpkin

A picture of Mario’s face doesn’t look all that impressive, but when you add a second pumpkin with that awesome fireball, all of that changes. If you really want to show your friends how creatively ambitious you are, remember that you don’t have to limit your designs to just one pumpkin. It’s also a great way to help your house stand out!

Pikachu Pumpkin

It’s impossible to get tired of Pokemon. No matter how old you are, if you grew up with these adorable creatures, you’ll still want to buy the games and watch reruns of the show. The timelessness of this long-running franchise means that Pikachu is always a solid pumpkin-carving standby. If you have a lot of time—and money—on your hands, why not make a whole Pokedex? There are over 700 Pokemon at this point, so we hope you have a big porch!


What’s the most elaborate design you’ve ever carved into a pumpkin?





Holly Riordan
Holly Riordan
Holly is an aspiring sci-fi writer who currently writes lifestyle articles for All Women Stalk and News Cult. She's a fan of comedy movies, ridiculous puns, and is the owner of a pup named Ferris (last name Bueller).