Funny Pumpkin Designs

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Carol Bancroft

    About the Author

    Carol Bancroft is a freelance writer with over 12 years of editorial experience. She specializes in content writing, newsletter writing and pro-blogging. Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Massachusetts.

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    Most people associate Halloween with scary things, but it can also be a time for amusement. We're all familiar with the scary faces of carved jack-o-lanterns, but amusing designs can put a smile on people's faces. Pumpkin carving has come a long way from the triangle eyes and broken-tooth smiles that everyone carved as children. It has become a creative outlet for many people and a great way to inject some humor into a scary holiday. With a little imagination, you can think of some great designs.

    Animals

    Pumpkin animals are sure to delight both young and old. Children especially will enjoy seeing a pumpkin transformed into a cat, dog or mouse. If you'd like to carve an animal into a hollowed-out pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern effect, first sketch your design with a pencil. Then carefully scrape away the top layer of pumpkin with a pumpkin carving tool.
    You can also use a variety of materials to create three-dimensional animals with a pumpkin. Gourds, apples, peppers, corn cobs and other vegetables can be used to create the animal's features. Fashion ears out of felt or heavy paper. Yarn is good for making whiskers.

    Drunkards

    For an adults-only design that is sure to bring laughs, carve out a pumpkin that looks like he had a little too much to drink. Carve a traditional jack-o-lantern face, being sure that the mouth is opened. Then take the seeds and strings from the hollowed-out pumpkin and spread them in front of the pumpkin, coming out of his mouth. Arrange some empty beer or liquor bottles around it.

    Whimsical

    Pumpkin carvings can be a great place for offbeat humor. If you enjoy a play on words, carve a Pi symbol (π) into your pumpkin for a pumpkin pie that you can leave out all night. Computer geeks might get a kick out of a carved emoticon like : ) or ; )
    Cartoon characters are a fun choice for pumpkin designs. You can choose a classic character like Mickey Mouse or Casper the Friendly Ghost, or a current favorite like Homer Simpson or Spongebob Squarepants. Think about your favorite movies for inspriation. A character like Darth Vader would make an ominous-looking pumpkin for a "Star Wars" fan.

    Portraits

    If you have great carving skills and a lot of patience, portraits of your favorite actor or actress are interesting design choices that will get raves from anyone who sees the pumpkin. Using a photo of the actress, sketch her face onto a hollowed-out pumpkin and gently carve the lines.

    Words

    Carving words into a pumpkin is easier than some other intricate designs. Greet the trick-or-treaters with your own pumpkin that has the words "Trick or Treat!" carved into it. Other words like "Boo!" or "R.I.P." are short and simple to carve into a pumpkin.