The air is crisp, pumpkin spice lattes are back, and your “To Watch” list on Netflix has been taken over by scary movies. That can only mean one thing: it’s October! We’ve rounded up some pumpkin carving inspiration so you can get started planning for Halloween. There’s a little nerdy, a little techie, and a lot of pop culture.
Let’s get into it.
Pop Culture Pumpkin Carving Ideas
1. Slimer from Ghostbusters
Who you gonna call? All of your friends to show off this awesome pumpkin, complete with green slime!
2. Jack Skellington
This is Halloween! And this is one design that’s sure to make you the pumpkin king (or queen).
This Spiderman pumpkin is simple, but sure to be the envy of every Marvel fan!
4. The Joker and the Bat Signal
The Joker on one side and the Bat Signal on the other makes for one very cool pumpkin! You could even use a stencil of your favorite Joker.
5. Cruella DeVil
When it comes to Disney villians, Cruella gets overlooked, but we challenge you to find a scarier face in a Disney movie.
6. The Wicked Witch of the West
She’ll get you and your little dog, too! The green light in the pumpkin is a great touch!
All you need is faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust to carve this sweet Tinkerbell pumpkin!
8. Stranger Things
Did you binge the third season as soon as it came out? Then you’ll love these!
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There is no shortage of Harry Potter-inspired pumpkin carvings out there, but we love the simplicity of this one. (For muggles, “lumos” is the spell wizards use to cast light.)
Don’t throw away your shot! Carve the 10-dollar founding father on a pumpkin and get ready for compliments.
11. Dwight Schrute
Have the assistant
to the regional manager keep an eye on your house this year.
Image source and instructions for turning any photo into a pumpkin carving pattern.
Techie & Nerdy Pumpkin Carving Designs
Some of these require a little electrical know-how but the results are worth it!
12. Laser Pumpkins
The carvings on these pumpkins are simple, but the lasers take it to the next level!
13. Working Tetris Pumpkin
Everyone’s favorite geometric video game can be played in a pumpkin! Yep, this doesn’t just light up, you can actually play it!
14. Emoticon Pumpkin
Take a trip down memory lane to a time before emojis, when we had to convey emotion via text with nothing but punctuation.
15. QR Code Pumpkin
This one is tedious but if your carving skills are good enough, the code will actually work! We’d say that’s worth it!
16. The Apple Finder Logo
Skip the Apple logo and go for the Finder face for a truly unique tech-inspired pumpkin!
17. Outer Space
For a pumpkin that’s out of this world, just add shooting stars, planets, and a rocket or two.
18. Galaxy Pumpkins
This one is great because there is no carving involved, just paint! This is easy to do and Instagram-ready.
19. Pumpkin Pi
We love a good pun! Go the extra mile by carving as many numbers of pi as you can around the pumpkin.
20. Spooky Victorian Pumpkins
Any history nerd will love these Victorian portraits turned spooky! These take a lot of skill but the end result is extremely impressive.
We hope you enjoyed these ideas and have a great fall season!