It is no secret that we love Halloween and a good carved pumpkin really takes the cake. Love a Halloween pumpkin but short of ideas? Here’s top 10 easy, scary and cute pumpkin carving ideas to try for 2022 Halloween!

1. The history of pumpkin carving

the history of pumpkin

The orange round-shaped vegetable has long been a sign of the Autumn season and Halloween festival. You know that Halloween is right around the corner when many pumpkins are placed outside. Halloween carved pumpkin is also called Jack-o’-Lanterns which had its roots in an Irish folk tale.

Stingy Jack
In Celtic culture, there was a legend about a guy named Stingy Jack who tricked the Devil twice. When Jack passed away, his soul was condemned to enter neither Heaven nor Hell. The Devil gave Jack an ember to light his way, Jack roamed the world between the planes of good and evil, with an ember inside a hollowed turnip.
History of pumpkin
The original practice of carving pumpkins was to scare away Jack from house owners. In the 1800s, many Irish families immigrated to America found that pumpkins were better for carving specimens. The tradition of pumpkin carvings has grown ever since and became associated with Halloween.

2. Top 10 ideas for pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving ideas
You might have already seen or even engaged in making Halloween pumpkin for your home. Especially, kids love the process of carving a pumpkin, opening it and taking out the seeds, because it’s messy and fun! Let’s figure out some ideas for carved pumpkin this Halloween.

2.1. Easy pumpkin carving

It is so much fun when the whole family joins carving pumpkins to decorate the house and prepare for Halloween. Why don’t we choose easy carving styles to make these activities trouble-free and exciting so far?

Easy pumpkin carvings

2.1.1. Cat pumpkin

Cat pumpkin carving

We all have a friend, a family member who is deeply in love with cats. Cat pumpkin is a perfect idea for cat parents, cat lovers and even we can sculpt the cat’s name on it for personalization. Complete your witchy aesthetic with a cute cat cut-out for your Halloween table.
1. Cut out triangular orange peel ears, then scrape the flesh from the underside of the peel.
2. Use halved cocktail sticks to secure the ears to the top of your pumpkin.

2.1.2. Owl pumpkin

If you are a fan of the owl Hedwig in Harry Potter or you have your owl, this idea is meant to you. Give a hoot about Halloween and show your love for this spooky season with the owl pumpkin design.

Owl pumpkin carving

1. Carve small arrowheads down the middle for a feathery effect on your owl's stomach.
2. Cut orange peels into feet to add the final finishing touch to this brilliant Halloween bird.

2.1.3. Laughing pumpkin

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.
Laughing carving pumpkin

2.2. Scary pumpkin carving

Halloween is incomplete without scary and exciting themes. The spirit of Halloween night will be boosted with these spooky Halloween carved pumpkin styles.

Scary pumpkin

2.2.1. Nightmare pumpkin

Jack Skellington is a character in the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas. This fantasy Jack Skellington is a great idea to ward off the bad spirit on Halloween night.

Nightmare pumpkin
1. Cut the top and scoop the seeds.
2. Tape a Jack Skellington stencil on the pumpkin.
3. Use a tool to trace the pattern onto the pumpkin.
4. Carve the Jack Skellington along the pattern line.

2.2.2. Wicked Witch Pumpkin

Wicked witch pumpkin
1. Using the washable marker, draw on eyes, eyebrows, and a mouth.
2. Try following the natural ribs of the pumpkin as a guide when deciding where to place the facial features, like the raised eyebrows or the curved mouth.
3. Use the tip of the craft knife, scrape away the top layer of rind to reveal the lighter flesh underneath.
4. Press each acorn into the flesh of an eye socket until it's secured.
5. Spread a bead of hot glue along the top and sides of the pumpkin where you want the hairline to be.
6. Create the witch's mane by pressing on Spanish moss

2.2.3. Melon Ball Pumpkins

Melon ball pumpkins can be a surprise idea for trypophobia people who desire to have some fun and challenge this Halloween.

Melon ball pumpkin
1. Carve an opening out of the top or bottom of the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Replace the cutout.
2. Draw eyes and mouth on the pumpkin with a marker.
3. Use a melon baller to scoop out two small spheres from the outside of the pumpkin.
4. Reattach each sphere to the pumpkin with half a toothpick. If desired, press seeds or spices into the spheres for pupils.

2.3. Cute pumpkin carving

Scary pumpkin carving ideas might fit for cheeky, plucky people while these cute pumpkin carving styles are for gentle and soft-hearted ones.

Cute pumpkin

2.3.1. Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

The idea is inspired by the famous proverbial principle of the Japanese maxim “Three Wise Monkeys”. This stacked-pumpkin statue — complete with mini pumpkin eyes and faux-skeleton arms — denies any wrongdoing.
Hear No Evil See No Evil Speak No Evil
1. Trace the little pumpkins onto the large orange pumpkin for eye hole sizing; carve out circles.
2. Insert mini pumpkins.
3. Add black thumbtack pupils.
4. Carve a mouth.
5. Repeat to create all three expressions.
6. Stack carved pumpkins and secure with skewers.
7. Use T-pins to attach three pairs of skeleton arms and hands.

2.3.2. Lollipop Pumpkin

The Lollipop pumpkin will surely be the kids’ favourites because it not only looks cute but also yummy and sweet. Hollow out a medium pumpkin from the bottom.
Lollipop pumpkin
1. Carve a half-circle mouth with a tooth, two half-circle eyes with pupils, and a triangle nose.
2. For eyes, push in the inner piece.
3. Etch away skin on pupils and teeth with a linoleum cutter.
4. Use an awl to poke holes about 1 1/2" apart across the top and sides of the pumpkin. Push lollipops into holes to create hair.

2.3.3. Franken-Pumpkin

You are a big fan of Frankenstein and have no ideas for this Halloween decoration, this pumpkin carving style will save your life. This is a mash-up of two medium-large pumpkins and two small gourds (for eyes).

Frankenstein pumpkin
1. Cut, carve, and stacked pieces, “stitch” Frank up by poking holes in the top parts.
2. Inserting 2-inch pieces of wire.
3. Finish off with two bolts.

2.3.4. Toothy Pumpkin

For any kids who have big teeth, Toothy pumpkin carving will be a big encouragement. This surprised fella will look adorable on your stoop.
Toothy pumpkin
1. Carve circle eyes and big mouth in any size squash.
2. Push artificial nails into the edge of the mouth for teeth.
3. For eyes, glue black sequin pupils to seashell coins; push into place.

3. How to have good pumpkin carving?

3.1. What type of pumpkin is best for carving?

There are 4 types of pumpkin” including Captain Jack pumpkin, Fairy Tale pumpkin, Jill Be Little pumpkin and Sugar Pie pumpkin. When you want to have a nice and long-lasting, it is necessary to discover different types of pumpkins.

  • Captain Jack is an extra-large, dark orange Jack O’Lantern-type pumpkin with extra-large variety and boasts a classic tall, barrel shape. Its flat bottom allows it to easily stand on its own with toppling over. Captain Jack pumpkins are most commonly used for carving pumpkins.

Captain Jack pumpkin

  • Fairy tale pumpkins are slightly flattened weighing from 30-40 lb. Fairytale Pumpkin is very fine grained, heavily ribbed and one of the best for baking.

Fairy Tale Pumpkin

  • Jill Be Little pumpkin, a beautiful dark orange skinned miniature pumpkin. Kids will love these tiny pumpkins, which make great decorations for the holidays.

Jill Be Little pumpkin

  • Sugar pie pumpkins weigh 4-5 lbs. and have fine, sweet flesh that is superb for pies. Make homemade pumpkin pie without the cans by roasting fresh sugar pumpkins. The high sugar content of this variety satisfies any sweet tooth.

Sugar Pie pumpkin

Using pumpkin stencil for carving to make your pumpkin carving experience much easier.

3.2. How to keep pumpkin carving last long?

It is a waste of time when you spend hours cutting, decorating your Halloween pumpkin and it lasts shortly a few days. Picking a good pumpkin, storing it correctly and preserving it with homemade sealants will all help to extend the life of your Halloween craft.

Preserve pumpkin

  • Pick your pumpkin within a week before Halloween celebrations. You should choose the healthiest ones which are without signs: blemishes, bruises, a broken stem, and too-soft skin.
  • Avoid heat, light and curious pests: try to put your pumpkin on a spot away from sunlight.
  • Disinfecting your pumpkin with a cleaning or vinegar solution after scooping out all those guts and seeds to give it a healthy, clean base.
  • After cleaning, add another barrier by rubbing vaseline, petroleum jelly, or vegetable oil to keep it sealed and safe.

Carving pumpkins is the best Halloween activity to show off your crafting skills and enjoy the family spirit. There are plenty of creative options out there to spark your creativity. From pumpkins that look like cats, owls to designs inspired by your favourite movies The Nightmare Before Halloween. There's bound to be a jack-o-lantern on this list that speaks to you. Happy spooky season! Check out Tatkuink for more Halloween decoration ideas!