21 Spooky, Scary & Cool Jack–O’–Lanterns & Pumpkin Carvings

Halloween isn’t Halloween without a Jack–O’–Lantern. With these bright ideas, you’ll carve your way to the most memorable Halloween yet.


1. Wolf pumpkin

wolf jack o lantern

(image: Rennett Stowe)

Whether you’re a lone wolf or part of a pack, this scary jack–o’–lantern will have you howling.

2. Pumpkin patch

jack o lanterns usual suspects

(image: ewan traveler)

This family of pumpkins is up to no good. (Don’t be fooled by the little ones.)

3. Pumpkin eater

pumpkin eater

(image: Rebecca Wilson)

For the love of God, noooooooooo! That little pumpkin had a family.

4. Hearts aglow

jack o lantern heart aglow

(image: Pete)

If you’re not into fancy carvings, go with this tried-and-true Halloween classic.

5. Grab a hold

jack o lantern grab hold

(image: Tim Evanson)

No, I’m not winking—your finger’s poking me in the eye!

6. Skeletor

skeleton jack o lantern

(image: Rennett Stowe)

Is that a skeleton bursting out of that pumpkin? RUN FOR YOUR LIVES.

7. Hoot the owl

owl jack o lantern

(image: Amelia Extra)

With this one-of-a-kind jack–o’–lantern, Halloween will be a hoot.

8. Haunted mansion

haunted mansion pumpkin carving

(image: Amy)

Is that Disneyland’s haunted mansion? With this unique jack–o’–lantern, you’ll take a ghostly voyage—without leaving your home.

9. Cheeky monkey

pumpkin carving bigmouth strikes again

(image: Jonathan Edgecombe)

This mischievous pumpkin has no qualms about busting a gut. What’s life without laughter?

10. Tinker Bell

carving pumpkin tinkerbell

(image: Amy)

No common fairy, Tinker Bell brings magic everywhere she goes—carving her way into our hearts. It’s a strange, wonderful world, isn’t it?

11. Woodsy fun

pumpkin carving tree

(image: Nick Taylor)

There’s something enchanting and not-at-all scary about this woodsy pumpkin.

12. Green about the gills

drunk jack o lanterns

(image: Insomnia Cured Here)

Go home, pumpkin—you’re drunk. And take your friends with you. (Never leave a pack of pumpkins alone with Heinekens.)

13. Totoro pumpkin

totoro pumpkin carving

(image: Tim Regan)

You don’t need to travel all the way to Japan to make friends with Totoro.

14. Timid Tommy

pumpkin carving timid

(image: daryl_mitchell)

As the saying goes: Pumpkins are more scared of you than you are of them. (Or is that about bears?)

15. Mini me

Jack-o'-lanterns carved from pumpkins and lit with tea lights

Jack-o’-lanterns carved from pumpkins and lit with tea lights

Like father, like son. This pair will haunt your nightmares, hand in hand. (Wait, pumpkins don’t have hands…)

16. Haunted forest

pumpkin carving haunted forest

(image: Jeremy Knight)

This is why you never visit a graveyard at night. The trees come alive.

17. The Simpsons

jack o lantern simpsons alien

(image: Jeremy Knight)

If you watch The Simpsons, you know exactly who this slimy creature is. (Hello, Kang. It’s been a while.)

18. Happy-go-lucky

carving pumpkin googly eyes

(image: ewan traveler)

This pumpkin may not be the brightest in the patch, but he’s friendly and curious. Just don’t touch his stem—or he’ll go for the jugular. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

19. Stars and spirals

carved pumpkins artistic

(image: starsandspirals)

The pumpkin on the left is just evil. The one on the right looks like an ancient Aztec warrior. What brought them together? You decide.

20. Evil plans

Jack-o'-lanterns facing each other

(image: William Warby)

What they’re conspiring about? No idea. It’s probably something delightfully evil. Or maybe they’re having a friendly chat about football. (“Resting scary face” is a real problem, people.)

21. Pikachu pumpkin

halloween pumpkin pokemon

(image: Klobetime)

The loveable Pikachu, now in pumpkin form! The guy on the left? He clearly isn’t happy about that.

What’s your pick?

Which of these jack–o’–lanterns would light up your porch this Halloween? Let us know below.

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