If you appreciate art in all its forms or just love Halloween, this post is for you! Every year, I try to think of a new way to carve our jack-o-lantern that will amaze The Diva. And let’s face it, she’s seven (and a half!), nearly everything awes her. Plus, I have this secret fantasy of perfect Martha Stewart holiday decorations all year long. Stop laughing. I still think she’s evil, but damn can she craft like a bitch! I went on a web search of cool Halloween pumpkins and found these awesome specimens. These are not your average smiling gourds. It takes some creativity to come up with these designs, but it’s worth it just to have the photos for posterity.
I plan to do at least two of these “scenes” this year. We’ll see if I actually get them done.
Remember, not all of these designs require gutting the pumpkin. If the slimy insides of the orange orb gives you the willies, try one of the carving not required themes.
Make your graveyard scene just a wee bit creepier with these bony hands reaching up from the ground.
How would these look on a party table?
Or these haunted house pumpkins on your candlelit entry table?
How about one of these welcoming scenes for your front porch or walkway on Halloween night?
Or get some masks circa 1970′s grocery store costumes– remember those plastic flammable ones we wore as kids? — and let your pumpkins be a character for the night with minimal DIY effort.
Show some hometown pride and make your address more visible with these pretty creations.
Invoke the lanterns of yore with these creative productions.
Wait for The Great Pumpkin in style with these Charlie Brown inspired numbers.
Celebrate the sweeter side of All Hallow’s Eve by adding colorful moth decals to your pumpkins.
Echo Cinderella and her magical coach with this carving.
Get the expensive heirloom pumpkins and gourds, along with some discount store glassware, to create this elegant tablescape. It’s perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving.
Freak out your guests with this creepy, smiling witch on the hors d’oeuvre table. I love the use of the stem to create the hooked nose of this ominous conjurer.
Gild the lily and add some shine with these blinged out pumpkins. Although, this project looks to be for the advanced crafter, you might learn some new skills and shock your family. Or not.
If you’ve got the time, why not découpage your pumpkins this year?
Break out the paint and stencils for these black and white numbers.
Go with a Victorian arsenic and old lace theme for equal parts elegance and macabre.
This would go perfectly in my celestial themed kitchen. If I painted them yellow and deep blue, they’d be an exact match!
This is one of my favorites — ghoulish literature. What goes better with Halloween than Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”? Add some grey paint and stick-on letters to spell out a couple of your most beloved lines and you have instant horror without the gore.
I am in love with this idea! How awesome would this be next to “The Raven” display above? And that bookshelf? I want. Although in a slightly different color. You can find the full tutorial for this sinister pumpkin arrangement here.
Kudos for the matching vine plate here. If this doesn’t scream eerie, I don’t know what does! I want to do this so badly. I wonder where I could find a thorny vine plate like this one?
Grisly fires of hell, anyone? This has to be one of the best uses of a fireplace for holiday decorations I’ve ever seen.
Aren’t those awesome? I don’t know where people find the time to come up with and implement these ideas, but I’m sure glad they are willing to share! Halloween may turn out to be pretty damn ghoulish at my place this year. Hell, The Diva will be a vampire kitty with bat wings. How can I have cutesy ghosts and goblins decor with a vampire cat in the house?
All images courtesy Country Living.