34 Ways To Carve A Pumpkin You Haven't Tried Yet

X-Acto knives at the ready!

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You've been there, done that with a toothy grin. This Halloween, mix it up with a creative new design no one else on your block will have. If that seems too complex for your knife skills, skip carving altogether and try one of our painted pumpkin ideas instead!

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1 The Death Star
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That's no moon! In a galaxy far, far away, there's seriously cool pumpkins.

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2 Frozen

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There's no such thing as too old to be a Disney fan, and we're downright obsessed with this Frozen take on Halloween.

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3 A Thorn In Its Side
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When you've got themed dishes to match, a spiky jack-o'-lantern can make a great centerpiece or party platter accent.

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4 Emoji Ghost
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We're millennials and we aren't even sorry. This is our perception of a ghost.

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5 Stranger Things

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Grab your Eggos, Stranger Things pumpkins are happening.

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6 Carved for Ice
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Cheryl Style

Because you need a drink to go with all the spooks.

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7 Pumpkins on Pumpkins
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Instead of one awesome jack-o-lantern, craft a giant skull from a bunch of mini ones. Bad ass level = 100 percent.

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8 Harry Potter

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Yer a wizard, Harry! How adorbs is the painted on scarf?

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9 Polka Dots
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WhipperBerry

Give a pop art-y, modern edge to your typical orange gourd.

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10 Game of Thrones
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Tyrion Lannister said it best. Amen.

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11 Hocus Pocus

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Just don't light a black flame candle inside and you're good.

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12 Flickering Fireplace
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Sure, you can pile plain pumpkins in the hearth, but candlelit "flames" look so much better.

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13 Cheery Tiers
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The secret to this triple-decker gourd: toothpicks and colored beads.

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14 Oogie Boogie

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It's what happens when two holidays collide.

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15 Swirling Vines
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John Kernick

To recreate this soft glow, use a , or linoleum cutter to peel away the top layer without puncturing the rind.

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16 Winding Vines
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My Home Ideas

These carved-out designs can work on your porch well after October 31st.

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17 Unicorn

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PSA: The unicorn trend is still alive and well.

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18 Gobbled Up
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Antonis Achilleos

Sorry, little guy. It's a pumpkin-eat-pumpkin world out there.

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19 Pumpkin Lantern
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The Polohouse

Suspend a hollowed-out pumpkin, stuffed with straw and candles, from a sturdy rope for a lantern effect.

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20 Skeleton Jail

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Carve out your pumpkin and stick mini skeletons in it. Add some "jail bars" for a creative (and totally hilarious) Halloween display.

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21 Lit Lanterns
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Dana Gallagher

Decorate your jack-o'-lantern with an old school lamp. Your pumpkins will be both pretty and practical when it comes to lighting up the front porch.

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22 Tiny and Colorful
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Family Chic

Mini pumpkins dyed with food coloring are adorbs arranged on a cake plate.

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23 Taco Tuesday

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Literally all we care about in life is tacos.

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24 Jar of Fireflies
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Jennifer Causey

Summer may be over, but you can still catch lightning bugs. Etch out a Mason jar and attach LED lights inside and out. Even better, use the blinking variety and they'll look like the real thing.

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25 Chevron Style
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Wit & Whistle

The trendy decor design looks just as chic on a pumpkin.

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26 Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

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Phone rings in the middle of the night... ♫

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27 Squigglies
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On that same matchy-matchy note, take a cue from your favorite home décor and mimic your wallpaper (or tablecloth, table runner or napkin) pattern.

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28 Glowing Alarm Clock
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Just don't trust this to actually wake you up in the morning and you're good.

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29 The Headless Horseman

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The legend of Sleepy Hollow lives on. Bring the Headless Horseman to life with a badass pumpkin carving.

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30 Abstract Leaves
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Leaves + pumpkins? We've reached peak fall.

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31 Skeleton Hands
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John Kernick

Trim the stem on an oblong-shaped pumpkin after carving out a vertical arm, then place a smaller one on top to complete the skeleton's spooky arm.

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32 Wood Grain
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Steven Randazzo

Scraping off just the surface saves a ton of time when carving a pumpkin—it also allows you to get more creative with your designs without risking ruining the whole thing.

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33 Minions

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Despicable Me fans, this ones for you.

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34 Crescent Moon
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Dana Gallager

With a Lite-Brite (remember those?) as his inspiration, the designer punched holes in his pumpkin to create a crescent shape.

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35 Melon Monsters
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Antonis Achilleos

These are hands down the cutest monsters we've ever seen.

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36 A Spider and Its Web
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Kimberly Werner

We know it's fake, but we're still scared AF.

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37 Playing Cards

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Game night just got so much creepier.

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38 Spooky Faces
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Antonis Achilleos

Using white pumpkins is the super easy way to up your jack-o-lantern game.

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39 Veggie Accents
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Kim Ludwiczak and Renee Wisniewski

Gourd-and-berry window boxes are the perfect touch to this charming pumpkin home.

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40 Corpse Bride

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Carving skills so on point, Tim Burton would totally approve.

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41 Good Enough to Eat
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ANDREW WOJCIECHOWSKI

An apple a day keeps the goblins away.

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42 Elephant
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Antonis Achilleos

With four minis as feet and a stem as a trunk, transforming pumpkins into a friendly porch elephant is a breeze thanks to and .

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43 Coyote Scene
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Trevor Dixon

Try out this much more sophisticated (and seasonal) take on the traditional elementary school project.

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44 Evil Witch
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Antonis Achilleos

A gourd's twisted stem works perfectly as a crooked nose. Plus this project skips the messy step of scooping out the inside.

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45 Hen and Chicks
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Brian Woodcock

A little bit of chicken wire turns a pumpkin into a mama hen—a baby pumpkin works perfectly for your "mama" pumpkin's chick.

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46 Wigged Out
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Antonis Achilleos

If you're a stickler for a traditional face, give your pumpkin a new 'do with a cheeky plant toupee. Rapunzel or Donald, take your pick.

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