I got so many great pumpkin carving ideas from the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival. It’s the world’s largest pumpkin festival with 400,000 pumpkins from all over the world.
I have to admit I rarely carve a pumpkin. I’m more of a “big ideas person” but am not so good at implementing my “vision” which means that my attempts at pumpkin carving are less than impressive, but I think that even I could pull of a few of the ideas below. Besides it’s the perfect excuse to drink Pumpkin wine don’t you think?
How about a monster to scare away/impress visitors? I think this would look great at a front door to greet Trick or Treaters and kids would love it! A surefire way to be the most popular house on the block.
Or perhaps a pig, with piglets of course! The two-toned eyes really bring the animals to life. I also love the idea of creating a pumpkin family, rather than just having the standard stand alone pumpkin. I also like the unexpected twist on a traditional pumpkin like the one on the left with its tongue sticking out. It screams personality and would be a hit with kids.
Or a turkey to celebrate not one, but two holidays. I also love the idea of using non-traditional pumpkins such as this in different shapes and colors, rather than the expected orange pumpkin.
Another variation on a turkey that turns an ordinary pumpkin into anything but.
I love the results of carving out just a part of the pumpkin without going all the way through.
Which is your favorite? I like all the ideas, but think the mouse with the cheese is adorable and an unexpected twist on a pumpkin.
Do you carve a pumpkin for Halloween? If so send in your photos and I’ll post them.
Get even more ideas from the ocean themed Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival that took place in 2010.