Halloween pumpkins with carved faces

Easy pumpkin carving ideas

Try our simple Halloween pumpkin ideas and get the kids involved with creating these fun designs. Use our easy templates, then make our top leftover pumpkin recipes.

Decorate your house this Halloween with our simple pumpkin carving ideas. Fill your home with flickering lights, spine-chilling shadows, ghostly faces or sweet, seasonal creatures. Host your own family carving competition and see who can create the most perfect pumpkin.

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For even more spook-spiration for ghoulish gourds, check out our printable pumpkin carving templates. Set yourself a challenge and try our haunted house motif or a daring Dalek.

Make sure you use up your pumpkin innards with our roasted pumpkin seeds recipe and our top 10 ways to use up leftover pumpkin.

Before you’re elbow-deep in pumpkin, check out our video on how to carve a pumpkin for more expert techniques and tips:

Easy Halloween pumpkin carving ideas

You don’t need any special equipment for this fun family activity, just a serrated knife or pumpkin carving kit that includes a knife and scoop.

All our pumpkins were hulled as normal, with a circular lid cut out of the top to make it easier to insert tealights. Try drawing the design on with a pencil first, so you can rub it out if you make a mistake – pen ink can smudge and make the pumpkin look messy. We used a serrated knife to carve the designs.

1. Cat pumpkin

Pumpkin with carved cat face

Complete your witchy aesthetic with a cute cat cut-out for your Halloween table. We love the look of the chunky whiskers and expressive eyes. Cut out triangular orange peel ears, then scrape the flesh from the underside of the peel. Use halved cocktail sticks to secure the ears to the top of your pumpkin.

2. Owl pumpkin

Pumpkin with owl carving

Give a hoot about Halloween and show your love for this spooky season with our owl pumpkin design. Carve small arrowheads down the middle for a feathery effect on your owl’s stomach, then cut orange peels into feet to add the final finishing touch to this brilliant Halloween bird.

3. Little pumpkin, big pumpkin

Little pumpkin inside big pumpkin

Keep it classic with a scary pumpkin face, then add a fun twist with a mini pumpkin surprise sat inside. Use different-coloured pumpkins if possible to get a seriously eye-catching display. To carve the face on the smaller squash inside the bigger pumpkin, use the eye remover on a potato peeler – it will help you get precise scoops.

4. Laughing pumpkin

Laughing pumpkin face

Who said Halloween needs to be solely scary? We can’t resist this goofy pumpkin face, complete with gap-toothed smile. This is a simple design for kids to have a crack at, but looks no less effective once it’s all lit up.

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What’s your favourite pumpkin design? Leave a comment below…

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Photo credit: Melissa Reynolds-James