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20 Most Unique Pumpkin Carving Ideas For Halloween Decorating

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Halloween is around the corner and if you have not already, it’s time to start planning how you are going to decorate your porch using one of our unique pumpkin carving ideas. Supermarkets are showcasing a variety of pumpkins for you to select from, so it’s time to get your creative juices flowing. 

Wherever you will be decorating in your home with pumpkins, the tradition of pumpkin carving is something that can be enjoyed as a fun family activity. So get your pumpkin carving kits ready, or whatever other tools you have at your disposal, and get ready to do some serious pumpkin carving. If you are not into carving a pumpkin this year, we have a few no-carve ideas as well. Have a look below and get ready to be inspired!

Tell Us: Which one of these unique pumpkin carving ideas do you find most inspiring and why in the Comments below!

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1. Smiling Pumpkins. Not all pumpkins need to be designed as spooky, why not have a little fun with them? These playful grouping of pumpkins are perfect for the whole family to enjoy. All you will need is a few carving sets to make this family activity. (via Better Homes & Gardens)

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2. Flying Bat Pumpkins. Stacked heirloom pumpkins add visual interest. If you are not wanting to carve a pumpkin, affixing some bats to your pumpkin is a simple alternative. You can either DIY your bats with black cardstock paper or buy them from a crafts store. You can also use a black rickrack from Amazon or HobbyLobby, shaping it to form a bat. For the ears, you will need 16-gauge black craft wire. Affix to the back of the bat with hot-glue and attach the bats to the pumpkins with the same glue. (via Country Living)

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3. Pumpkin Family. For this fun DIY, you will need some carving skills and a few decorations to get started. Some items you may already have on hand, such as a top hot from New Years’ celebrations. You can also get a template of the cut-out accessories here. Get the full tutorial for this unique pumpkin carving idea at the provided link. (Woman’s Day)

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4. Mini Ghost Lollipops. Greet your guests with this fresh pumpkin decorating idea. All you will need is a pumpkin with the top removed and the insides carved out. Cover your lollipops with tissue paper, kleenex tissues, or coffee filters (three layers) to create a ghostly bouquet. Secure in place with a small rubber band. Tightly tie a piece of white or orange and black ribbon around the neck to secure. Use a black sharpie for the faces. (via Town & Country)

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5. Frightful Pumpkin Face. To recreate this scary pumpkin, you will need strands of black electrical wire poked into the head of the pumpkin, set 180 degrees. A large spider set nearby is the source of this pumpkin’s expression. You can find the template for the pumpkin face pattern here. (via Lowe’s)

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6. The Boo-Burger. Creating this unique “pumpkin burger” will require a little ingenuity. You will need to start with a fresh batch of Cocoa Rice Krispie treats, molded into a burger patty (formed while warm). Top it with Fruit Roll-Ups, yellow Laffy Taffy, Strawberry Sour Punch Bites, and red cookie icing. For the bun, cut the pumpkin in half, gut the pumpkin, and add Good & Plenty candies to the top half using white cookie icing. (via Rachael Ray Mag)

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7. Lollipop Pumpkin Head. To create this cool pumpkin idea, you will need to hollow out the pumpkin from the bottom. Carve a half-circle mouth, leaving a tooth. For the eyes, two semi-circles with pupils. A triangle nose completes the look. Use a linoleum cutter (or purchase a pumpkin carving set) to etch away the skin of the pupils and tooth. For the hair, you will need an awl to poke holes into the top and sides, spacing about 1-1/2″ apart. Insert the lollipops. (via Woman’s Day)

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8. Creepy Eye Pumpkin. A white pumpkin has been placed inside an orange pumpkin that has been hallowed out. The eye was made using paint, which will require a creative touch! (via @afloodofblood)

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9. Hungry Monster Pumpkin. This one will require a little carving skill, but the finished look will be worth it! You will need a large pumpkin and a baby pumpkin for this project. Hallow out the large pumpkin and carve a spooky face with a large mouth and teeth, inserted with toothpicks. Carve a frightening face on the smaller pumpkin and place it into the open mouth of the larger pumpkin. (via Flair)

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10. Hungry Jack-O-Lantern. An apple a day will keep the goblins away! To make this pumpkin, you will need to carve out a pumpkin and shape the eyes and mouth. Cut the ends off a pair of squash and insert into each of eye hole. With the leftover pumpkin from the mouth, shape some teeth and secure with toothpicks. A permanent marker will be needed to draw a scared face on the apple and insert it into the gaping mouth. (via Woman’s Day)

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11. Halloween Pumpkin. Get your pumpkin carving kit ready and carve out this traditional pumpkin face. Illuminate with an LED candle for All Hallows’ Eve. (via Flickr)

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12. Traditional Jack-O’-Lantern. Sometimes a classic pumpkin is the only way to go. Get the pumpkin pattern here. Enlarge or reduce the printable stencil to fit the size of your pumpkin! (via Better Homes & Gardens)

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13. Fat Cat Pumpkin. Trace out your cat face use a fine-tipped, water-soluble marker in orange or red. Toothpicks are used to secure the cat’s ears and feet. These extra pieces can be used from an extra pumpkin. Get the full details at the provided link. (via Lady Face Blog)

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14. Pineapple Pumpkin. Pineapples are not just for summer enjoyment! This unique pumpkin is carved out to look like a pineapple and finished with the crown of a real pineapple. Illuminate with a LED tealight candle on a timer. (via Pinterest)

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15. Mouse & Cheese Pumpkin. For this simple pumpkin carving idea, you will need a large white pumpkin, or paint an orange pumpkin in a pale yellow hue. Use a drill as your carving tool, using 1/2- and 1-inch flat wood bits to cut a variety of holes into your pumpkin. Add in some plastic mice in the holes to a surprising twist to the traditional pumpkin. (via Better Homes & Gardens)

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16. Toothy Squash. Instead of a traditional pumpkin, why not substitute with a large squash? Carve circle eyes and a large mouth into your squash. Artificial nails are used for the teeth, pushed into the edge of the mouth. For the eyes, you will need seashell coins and black sequins for the pupils (affix with glue). Push the eyes into place. (via Woman’s Day)

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17. Scary Mummy Pumpkin. To make this spooky pumpkin, carve oddly shaped slits into your pumpkin (green or white). For an added creepy factor, add piercing black marble eyes into the slits. (via Better Homes & Gardens)

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18. Squash Family. Another one of our unique pumpkin carving ideas is these butternut squash goblins, which will be sure to add some spooky fun to your front porch. Adorn with button eyes and parsnip noses. Carve these vegetables out from the bottom to add your LED tealight and for stability. (via Woman’s Day)

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19. Spooky Pumpkin Faces. For these unique pumpkin carving ideas, the star of the show is Scarface. Half-toothpicks are used to form the scar, which forms an angled horizontal line that goes all the way around the pumpkin. For the eyes, press olives onto half-toothpicks and press into eye holes. (via Woman’s Day)

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20. Hand Painted Pumpkin. This creative yet relatable pumpkin might be just what you are feeling right now. If you are looking for simple and no carving required, this is your pumpkin! This Instagram account is full of other inspiring pumpkins if you continue to scroll. Enjoy! (via @massholemommy)

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