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147 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

If you are looking for some Halloween pumpkin carving ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 147 photos that will give you some great ideas. From scary to pretty, to super heroes, to cartoon characters, there are pumpkin carving ideas for everyone.

These pumpkins were carved by the monks at the Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas as well as community members of the SRF and the city of Encinitas, CA. Each year, the monks of the SRF grow and carve pumpkins for this Encinitas Halloween event where the pumpkins are displayed throughout old downtown area along highway 101 for everyone to enjoy.

Pumpkins displayed at the SRF in Encinitas

The onlookers are enchanted with the pumpkin carvings even before the sun sets on Halloween.

In addition to the hundreds of pumpkins, attendees (both adult and children) dress in costumes, there is live music, and safe trick -or-treating for the kids. It’s a fun Halloween event for the whole family.

Encinitas Halloween Pumpkins

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If you want to learn how to carve designs and words onto pumpkins, my video lessons, Carving Pumpkin Words and Graphics will show you how. You’ll also see how to light your pumpkins to best show off your carvings, like the lit pumpkins that you will see in the photos below.

You can also take a look at my free video showing the concept of carving different shades of light and dark.

By the way, you may notice that most of the carving designs are “shaved” pumpkins rather than designs that cut all the way through the pumpkins. There is good reason for this. Shaved pumpkins can be done well in advance and gutted the day or or the day before the event. When there are so many pumpkins to be carved, this allows them to be done over a period of time. Pumpkins that are cut all the way through won’t last nearly as long as shaved pumpkins.

Want to carve pumpkins like these?

Then you will love my video lessons, Carving Pumpkin Words and Graphics. Our pattern transfer fabric and paper are fabulous for helping you carve patterns onto pumpkins. They will save you SO MUCH time that you will never go back to old fashioned methods again. See how our pattern transfer fabric and paper works by clicking here.

On another page in this blog, you can also see a free video showing the concept of carving different shades of light and dark.

One more thought, pumpkin carvings are not just for Halloween. Many of these themes could be fun for children’s autumn birthday celebrations.

Learn to carve like a pro

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