Halloween will be here very soon; it’s never too soon to start thinking of ideas for carving a pumpkin this year! Pumpkin carving can be a bit of an overwhelming task because there are so many different sources of inspiration. Designs can be very basic and/or they can become extremely intricate. It is a good idea to put a little thought into exactly what design to use for a pumpkin before heading out to select the perfect size, shape and color of the pumpkin that will be used for carving. The following designs are a great place to start on the hunt for inspiration.

Jack O’ Lantern

For those that are new to the world of pumpkin carving and/or children just beginning their carving days, this is a great design to start with. Nothing screams “Halloween” like a traditional Jack O’Lantern face carved into a round, orange pumpkin. This design is the go to design because it is simple and pretty easy to accomplish. The Jack O’Lantern can be smiling, could be more “toothy” and/or could be tweaked just a bit to create a more scary vibe to it. For a fun twist, instead of just the face, words could also be incorporated (“boo”, “eek”, etc.)!


Thinking outside the box comes in very handy when searching for pumpkin carving ideas. A fairly easy/simple design to accomplish a little more with the pumpkin is the White Mummy design. The look is fairly easy to achieve. All that is needed is a white gourd or pumpkin, a carver and some toothpicks to hold it all together.

Cutting the pumpkin into different layers and the stacking them creates the impression of the mummy. Once it is carved and the final touches (like adding the candle) have been added, what is left is a fun little addition to a pumpkin carving resume’!


Keeping in line with thinking outside the box, this webbed pumpkin design is a great way to show off some more advanced carving skills. Perfect for creating the ambiance of a Halloween get together or just to sit out on the porch for decoration, this design is eye-catching. Spider webs are pretty spooky to most people, so it is only natural that webs could be a great design to incorporate into a pumpkin carving design.

This web design can help add more of a creepy, yet stylish pumpkin at the same time. Really, any size and/or color pumpkin or gourd can be used to create the web effect. Completely customizable, one could create several webs or just a few to keep it simple.

The Night Before Christmas

For the most part, everyone with a pulse has most likely heard of the gigantically successful film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” by Tim Burton. The cover design features character Jack Skellington stumbling along on his adventures; it is widely recognized as Halloween mainstay. That being the case, it is easy to see why this design would be brilliant for a pumpkin design! Whether the pumpkin is meant to be used as a party centerpiece or it is to be sat in a doorway as decoration, this design will be extremely successful. If mixed with pumpkins that ore not carved, this design will stand out even more.

Looking for more great pumpkin carving inspiration? Check out these great collections!

Easy, Cool and Scary DIY Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween – Cute DIY Projects website
The 50 Best Pumpkin Decoration and Carving Ideas for Halloween – HomeBNC