5 Creative and Spooky Jack-O-Lanterns to Try This Halloween

Halloween is almost here, and that means it’s nearly pumpkin carving time! If you are anything like us, you may find holidays sneak up on you, leaving you feeling like you’re heading up-creek without a paddle. If you find yourself staring blankly at that pumpkin, here are some great ideas to help plant that seed of creativity.

Special Effects

Once you carved your perfectly spooky pumpkin, add a little flair to it with some props. Recreate this pumpkin with a smoke machine and your scariest jack-o-lantern face! Just be careful, this pumpkin is so terrifying it might scare away all your trick-or-treaters!

Spooky pumpkin carving with smoke coming out of it's eyes

Go 3D

Add a little depth and character into your jack-o-lantern by adding a few layers. By removing some of the skin and shaving off layers you can create a 3D look that will make your carving POP out!

Grinning Jack-O-Lantern with layered details adding depth to the face

Safety First

Maybe you don’t own any pumpkin carving knives, or perhaps you want to try something a little more kid-friendly, whatever the reason is this pumpkin idea is a perfect choice. Make a classic jack-o-lantern without ever cutting into it with either some black tape, a black sharpie, or even some black paint. The only downside to this guy is that it won’t light up in the dark.

Black tape used to make the face of the Jack-O-Lantern with a kid holding it

Get Cute With It

Halloween doesn’t always have to be scary! Try out these cute and non-traditional jack-o-lanterns they add a playful and happy spin on your Halloween decorations. Get creative with some craft paint and draw on some adorable and expressive faces on your favourite seasonal gourd.

Two gourds with cute cartoon faces drawn onto them

Break Tradition

Steer away from the traditional approach, by painting a scene rather than a face. When using paint, you can get a lot more detail than you might achieve when carving. Break free and create your personalised scenic pumpkin by painting a spooky haunted house or whatever else your heart desires. A bonus of little to no cleanup or carving and you got yourself a winning concept in our books!

Pumpkins with a painted haunted house on it and one with a skeleton's face painted on it

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