One look at these jack-o'-lanterns and you'll be convinced: This is the year to let your creativity shine and carve up something cool. Even if it doesn't turn out as polished as the ones in these photos, it's all in good fun. Plus, the less perfect they are, the spookier they look. More into eating pumpkins than carving them? Try our roasted pumpkin seeds, fun pumpkin desserts, and favorite pumpkin-flavored beers.
Polka dots never go out of style, and will look so cute with a candle inside.
Use the carved-out mouth piece as an extra prop to create a perfect tongue.
With this look, you can keep your pumpkins out until Thanksgiving with no shame.
Take some inspo from celeb kid True Thompson and go for a more abstract vibe.
Whether referring to a specific movie's haunted house, or an original building dreamt on your own, a haunted house pumpkin will look great on your doorstep.
You can make a simple face carving look complex by nesting a smaller pumpkin inside to look like an exposed brain. Cool and gross!
Frick anyone who doesn't love Halloween like you!
Googly eyes take two seconds to apply, require no messy construction, and look so cute.
Put a green gourd to use resembling everyone's favorite Pixar monster.
A pumpkin that's home alone is scary alright! And totally adorable.
Carve your pumpkin upside down and paint it white for a new take on the ghost design.
Nothing scary here! Make a gorge decoration by carving fall leaves.
Don't feel like carving? You can paint a cute character instead!
Remind passersby to exercise their civic duty!
This life-sized pumpkin scarecrow puts your old clothes to good use. Tip: Fill it with fallen leaves for yard clean-up with a purpose.
With pumpkin seeds as eye decorations, there's no need to ask who has the cutest pumpkin of them all.
Trick or treating is the second best part of Halloween...carving pumpkins is number one, duh.
Nothing creepy in sight—just an adorable little pumpkin house that can be used as home decor.
Listen, you've got to nod to it.
Have one of those bulletin boards lying around your house? Use the extra letters in your pumpkin for easy decorating like Reese.
Save the sticky hands and work with props like pipe cleaners instead.
Honor the late, notorious R.B.G. if you've got the right knife skills.
Does it get more magical than this?? This design was one of the most beautiful at the Dutch Pumpkin Growing Championship 2020.
You can get *really* into it and go for a full-on recreation of a star like Marilyn Monroe.
Or perhaps another icon like Frida Kahlo is more your speed.
By using toothpicks, any face can become a scary, sharp-toothed pumpkin creature. This one adds a pumpkin seed to one of the toothpicks with red paint to resemble blood.
When you carve a sad face in your pumpkin, the design still makes sense even when the pumpkin starts decaying.
Put your paint skills to the test.
A mini carved pumpkin can make a great candy bowl...just make sure you clean out the inside really well.
A little gross, sure, but a funny way to use up those pumpkin guts you scooped out.
It doesn't even need to be dark for this pumpkin to be scary.
Use the top of a pineapple and the body of a pumpkin for this fully cute creation.
It's a pumpkin-eat-pumpkin world out here.
If you're not sure about your pumpkin carving skills, bejeweling it always helps.
Recycle the cut-outs from the eyes and attach them with a toothpick to make ears.
This pumpkin design is TERRIFYING in the best way.
Another masterpiece by famous Michigan carver Ed Moody: He told the 1,500+ trick-or-treaters who saw it that it was a man-eating giant, and the fingers were all that was left of its last meal!
Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.
Winter is actually coming, though! Celebrate the House of the Dragon with this GOT-themed pumpkin design.
A ghost design is pretty basic, but it takes on more character when done on a white pumpkin.
We solemnly swear we are up to no good.
Why should Harry get all the glory?!
The best way to make use of a lop-sided punkin'.
Trick-or-treaters will have to maneuver around this GIGANTIC pumpkin to reach the candy.
Look at those pearly whites! Creator Andrew Acomb wanted to use the stem as a focal point, so it became the jack-o'-lantern's nose.
The Disney version of this character fits the bill for a scary but kinda cute jack-o-lantern.
Bring a bit of pixie dust to Halloween this year.
It even has the stripes from his iconic presidential campaign poster!
Shiver me timbers!
For minimal effort with satisfying results, try a single shocked face.
You don't even have to fully carve if you hate hollowing out pumpkins—this shark design is done by etching out the pumpkin's skin.
Pay homage to your favorite player—past or present—by carving their jersey into a pumpkin.
If you're missing Disney right about now, just bring your favorite character home with you! Minnie looks cute in pumpkin form, no?
You know what there's absolutely nothing wrong with? A classic, simple jack-o'-lantern carving.