13 Cool Pumpkin Carving Ideas That Will Excite Your Children

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The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival, the world’s largest pumpkin festival with 450,000 pumpkins from all over the world, is a great source of pumpkin carving inspiration!

 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 with a decent pumpkin carving toolkit.  Besides it’s the perfect excuse to drink Pumpkin wine  don’t you think?
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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.

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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.
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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.

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Another variation on a turkey that turns an ordinary pumpkin into anything but.

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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.

Happy pumpkin carving!

13 unique pumpkin carving ideas that kids will love




Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their hiking, cycling and wildlife vacations in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.



  1. Mette Christensen October 28, 2011 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Amazing – some people really have got extraordinary hobbies.

  2. Laurel October 28, 2011 at 8:24 am - Reply

    I agree, I have a hard enough time just carving a regular pumpkin, let alone anything creative like these ones.

  3. jennavantez October 28, 2011 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Very artistic! Carving is a skill. I have gone to a food festival were students carve anything on a pumpkin and a watermelon and it seems so difficult for its intricacies. Those photo blogs are great. This can give idea to any mom’s who want to decorate their porch with this pumpkins.

  4. Preparing for Takeoff October 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Those are incredible! We used to go to Keene, New Hampshire who alo has a huge jack-o-lantern festival, but nothing so ornate and creative. Definitely inspiring!

  5. Jessica October 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Those are just fantastic. I love the little mouses!

  6. Lisa October 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Wow – there are some very talented pumpkin carvers out there! I’m going to show these photos to my 8 year old as soon as she’s home from school. She will love them but I’m a little worried that they may raise her expectations a bit too much when we get ready to carve our pumpkin on Sunday.

  7. Zhu October 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Good timing! I have to carve a pumpkin this WE and I’m a bit clueless. Although I don’t think I have the skills yet for these elaborate designs!

  8. Laurel October 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    @jennavantez – I agree that pumpkin carving is a skill and my pumpkin carving skills certainly leave a lot to be desired 🙂

    @Preparing for Takeoff – I love any kind of pumpkin festival and the creativity of these ones is so inspiring.

    @Jessica – The mice are my favorites ones too.

    @Lisa – I hope your daughter likes them, some of them don’t look TOO hard to do. Good luck! 🙂

    Zhu – Happy pumpkin carving! My skills aren’t up for anything elaborate either 🙂

  9. Steve October 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Those are some seriously talented pumpkin people! I love the giant hunk of cheese that the mice are sitting on. Didn’t even think “pumpkin” when I first saw it.

  10. Sue October 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Fantastic. Not sure I dare show them to my kids as I’ll be sent out to get yet more pumpkins!

  11. Sonja October 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Who’da thought the largest pumpkin carving festival would be in Germany?? Very artistic designs, that’s for sure.

  12. Sonja October 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I added to your food linky! 🙂

  13. Annie-FootTracker October 29, 2011 at 3:18 am - Reply

    omg, these pumpkin creations are amazing (and adorable!). I am use to the old pumpkin carving thing, so this is new and interesting (especially the second photo , how did they even carved the monster head ??

  14. Turkey's For Life October 29, 2011 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Ha ha. I remember your post about the pumpkin place – I loved all the creations. We bought a piece of pumpkin yesterday (they’re huge here so we buy it in slices). I’m going to scrape the flesh out and then make a scary face in the skin so it can watch us while we eat the insides! 🙂

  15. amandapoverseas October 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    These are pretty cool, although I doubt my ability to ever pull off anything close.

  16. Barry October 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    There is a wealth of creative ability displayed here. In Canada the pumpkin gets nearly all the attention. The humble and often very colourful gourd does not get anywhere near the respect it deserves. Happy Halloween.

  17. Laurel November 1, 2011 at 11:52 am - Reply

    @Steve – The “cheese” is one of my favorites as well.

    @Sue – 🙂

    @Sonja – I was surprised to see that Germany had the world’s largest pumpkin festival until I visited it. It’s a really fun event, especially for kids. Thanks for participating in FoodFriday.

    @Annie – Me too, I’ve never seen anything quite like this.

    @Julia – I really like this pumpkin festival! I like the sound of your plan. I didn’t end up carving a pumpkin this year, even with the great inspiration of these pumpkins.

    @Amanda – Me too, I’m hopelessly uncrafty.

    @Barry – Agreed, and gourds come in such interesting shapes and colors. Happy Halloween to you as well.

  18. Canadas Boomergirl October 12, 2012 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    These are fabulous pumpkin carvings. I love the animal theme. Seems to be popular. Every year, we try and make a giant pumpkin parade held the night after Halloween in Toronto’s Sorauren Park. Hundreds of carved, lit pumpkins line a pathway through the westend park. Always a fabulous evening photo op. Am going to look to see if the animal theme prevails at it.

    • Laurel October 24, 2012 at 10:32 am - Reply

      @Canadas Boomergirl I love the animal theme too. I’ve never heard of a pumpkin parade but it sounds really cool. I’ll have to watch for your photos.

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