14 Amazing and Creative Pumpkin Carvings

Pumpkin carving is a yearly tradition with a history dating back to the 1660's. Starting in Europe, ghostly faces were carved out of squashes and turnips and used as lanterns on All Hallow's Eve. Today, we've taken pumpkin carving to a whole new level. While ghostly faces still grace porch fronts and windows, more unique and creative designs are finding their way onto pumpkins everywhere. Take a look at some of these amazing jack o'lantern designs below!

1. Monster Attack!

This monstrous beauty is by Ray Villafane and team.  Please check out more of their work here: http://villafanestudios.com

Image: The Haunted Pumpkin garden at the New York Botanical Garden in 2013.  Photo by Vidura Barrios for I Love Halloween. 

2. Call Ripley!

 From artist Scott Cummins, the Pumpkin Gutter from Texas. You can check him out here:  http://pumpkingutter.com

3. Intergalactic

Clearly not all jack o'lanterns are native to our mother Earth. This one descended from space with the help of craftsman Jon Neill from West Hills, California. You can check out his work here: http://www.jonneill.com

4. Dracula!

5. The Birds

This Hitchcock-inspired beauty is the impressive work of Karyn T. from Saginaw, Texas. Carving that kind of detail takes A LOT of concentration and patience.  

6. Killer Smile

Thanks to Bradley Billings for this spooky masterpiece! You can check him out here: http://www.sandemons.com

7. Peek-a-Boo!

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A special thanks to Michael B. from Ozark, Missouri for showing us something we've never seen before!

8. Cannibalistic!

This might be our favorite of the whole darn batch. The stem horns and little gourd eyes- it's just too perfect! Bravo to creator John C. of Bronxville, New York. 

9. Triangles

So cool! This geometric lantern is the result of much diligent and painstaking hard work from Rachel H. of Batavia, Ohio.

10. Homesick 

David M. from North Wilkesboro, NC brought a forlorn alien to life in this pumpkin carving. Looks like he misses his home planet... time to carve him some alien friends!

11. Where the Wild Things Are

Awww! Thanks to Tom K. of St. Louis, Missouri for introducing this childhood treasure to pumpkinhood.

12. Death Star

Noel D. from Centreville, Virginia spent hours on this baby, and it sure paid off! George Lucas would be proud.

13. The Shining

"Heeeere's Johnny!!!!!!!!!!!!" Genius work by Robert P. of Wakeman, Ohio. 

14. Funky Fresh

Thanks for William H from Stone Ridge, NY for this fun pumpkin art!

Text by Nate Morgan