Carving Jack O'Lanterns for Halloween is a great project, and you can display them by your entrance or in your garden. Make them scary, funny, cute or just plain amazing! Some carvers can create pumpkin sculptures and art, only to have the pumpkin rot away in just a few days.
If you need some ideas to get your creative juices flowing, check out these 10 pumpkin photos!
Jack Skellington faces and other sharp-toothed smiling pumpkins are popular among pumpkin carvers. Photo by William Warby.
Spooky bats, trees, owls, skeletons and vampires are all great subjects for pumpkin carving. Photo by Nick Taylor.
This black cat looks like its coming out of its pumpkin. Photo by WxMom.
Get creative with your pumpkin and give it character. This award-winning pumpkin (and mini pumpkin) won for its originality. Photo by TheKosher.
Pick your favorite character, like Darth Vader a Stormtrooper or Yoda from Star Wars. Photo by Wendel Fisher.
Cute owls are used in decorating, as well as pumpkin carving. Photo by VT Gard.
A more sophisticated pumpkin look can be created with shaving (shaving off layers of the pumpkin without cutting all the way through). Photo by Wendel Fisher.
Ambitious carvers can try creating pumpkin sculpture rather than Jack O'Lanterns. Photo by Makelessnoise.
Setting multiple pumpkins on different levels allows for many possibilities. This carving depicts Cinderella in her pumpkin carriage. Photo by AngryJulieMonday.
No matter what your pumpkin ends up looking like, have fun with it and have a Happy Halloween! Photo by Joe Shlabotnik.
Remember to feed a slice of pumpkin to your garden's worm compost bin before throwing it all away! Happy Halloween!
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