Scary Pumpkin Carvings & Decorations for Halloween 2018

The leaves are changing… and if you live in Texas near Cutting Edge Haunted House, it’s certainly not getting any colder. But that doesn’t matter!

It’s Halloween season, which means it’s time for scary movie marathons, haunted house fun… and pumpkin carving!

If you still haven’t got your pumpkins yet, what are you waiting for?

Perhaps you’re in need of a little carving inspiration… and that’s okay! We’ve got you covered. With these scary pumpkin carvings ideas, you’ll send chills up people’s spines!

The Basics

Before you set off to create a nightmare of scary pumpkins, it’s important to know the basics… especially if this is your first rodeo!

First, you’ll need some newspaper to lay out. Pumpkin guts can get pretty messy. To hollow out the pumpkin, use a keyhole saw. Cut a circle around the stem – wide enough to reach in.

If you plan to use lights, cut out the whole from the bottom. That way, you’ll be able to hide the cords.

After cutting out the hole, it’s time to get your hands dirty. To scoop out the pumpkin pulp and seeds, it helps to use scrapers, large spoons – anything that’ll make it easier.

Once you hollow out the pumpkin entirely, it’s time to get to the carving part. It’s really that easy!

Not Your Typical Jack-o-Lantern

Ah, Jack-o-Lanterns. The quintessential pumpkin carving. Two triangles cut out to form the eyes… followed by a big old toothy smile.

But what if you’re a horror enthusiast looking for a much more sinister Jack-o-Lantern? Take it from artist Eric Freitas to show you what a real Jack-o-Lantern ought to look like…

If you’re looking to create a Jack-o-Lantern like this one, you’ll want to use a thin blade. Be sure to sharpen it beforehand. A dull blade could lead to injury.

Rather than triangles for eyes, you’ll want to created angled slits. They should extend from the top sides of the pumpkin towards the center.

For the mouth, you’ll want to create a wide smile that curves at the ends. If you’re a fan of fangs, carve out some razor-sharp teeth. Or, like Eric Freitas did, you can leave some pumpkin guts dangling down.

Pumpkin Zombie

This next idea is not for the faint of heart. But if you’re on the artistic side and love zombies, you’ll probably be up for the challenge!

We want to say that this one may have taken hours – even days – to create. And the artist who created it probably needed a very large pumpkin.

It may take some time finding the right pumpkin. Not only should it be large. It should have a skin that’s at least a few inches thick. That’s because you’ll really be carving intricately into it. It’s the same concept as with this witch pumpkin carving you’ll see below:

If you decide to try out these challenging and scary pumpkin carvings, let us know how it goes in the comments!

Jack-o-Lantern Skeleton

For this next idea, you’ll need a regular orange pumpkin and a smaller white one.

First, carve out a standard Jack-o-Lantern. After doing so, slice it in half. You may want to take this one outside and put an ax to it.

Then, taking the white pumpkin, carve out a skeleton’s head. Its eyes should be large and round and it should also have an upside down heart for its nose.

To carve out its mouth, take two chunks out of the side. You could also hollow out the skin without taking it out completely. That way, if you decide to light up the skeleton pumpkin, its hollowed cheeks will illuminate.

Next, using a small knife, create a delicate slit. Then, have lines going out from the top and bottom of the slit for its teeth.

Ravenous Pumpkin

For lots of people, Halloween is the only time of year they can channel the inner monsters inside them. Many will go all out when it comes to decorating houses for Halloween. And if you’re one of them, you’re definitely going to need scary pumpkin decorating ideas.

This next idea will only work if you have a mannequin, a large doll, or a scarecrow. And it’s just as funny as it is scary!

To recreate this idea, the Jack-o-Lantern’s mouth will need to be very wide. Make it scary by giving it sharp blades for teeth and coating them with red paint. This will especially complement a haunted house if you’re making one this Halloween.

Puking Its Guts Out

If you’re on the humorous side, this next idea is for you – and it’s very simple!

Create small slits for the pumpkin’s eyes so that it looks like it’s squinting. Then, make a gaping hole for its mouth.

Instead of tossing away the insides, have them pouring out of the pumpkin’s mouth. Seeds and all.

As long as you don’t mind pumpkin guts sitting on your porch for a while, this is a hilarious and brilliant idea.

Decoration Ideas

Not looking to get your hands too dirty? Don’t worry! There are still plenty of scary pumpkin decorating ideas.

Paint makes for some of the scariest pumpkin decorations – and it’s likely that you already have some. You could douse a pumpkin in red paint, letting it drip down the sides. Or, you could make it look possessed by doing the same with black paint.

Try hot gluing tons of bumpy and warty gourds all over some pumpkins. You could even make a face out of them. You’ll turn heads in the process!

Create Scary Pumpkin Carvings This Halloween

There’s a whole market out there for pumpkin decorations and carving stencils. But rather than spend the money, why not try out these simple and scary pumpkin decorating ideas?

All you’ll need are the decorations and the right sized blades to recreate them. And one thing is certain if you do… You’ll give trick-or-treaters and pedestrians the creeps while they marvel at your skills.

Which scary pumpkin carvings will you create this year? Let us know in the comments!

And if you haven’t got your tickets to Cutting Edge Haunted House yet, now is the time to do so!