38 of the most magical pumpkins we have ever seen

Pumpkin carving has been getting more and more competitive each year and we hate to break the news to you, but you’re really going to have to up your game to keep up with the big dogs. Firstly you must learn how to carve a pumpkin

, then let your imagination run wild!

Of course, there are always going to be some jokers who opt for somewhat inappropriate styles:

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But the rest of these pumpkins are far from it! We could hardly believe our peepers when we saw all the magically creative things people had made a humble pumpkin into, and had to share these incredible ideas with you.

Don’t worry if you’re feeling slightly inadequate now about your own pumpkin carving/decorating skills, we know the feeling! But the real question is, which is your favourite?

What to do with leftover pumpkin

If you are going to carve yours, don’t waste the flesh and seeds! Recent reports claim that Britons waste 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin every Halloween by buying pumpkins, purely for carving. Carve away we say, but hollow out the flesh carefully and transform it into a pie, a pudding or a delicious silky smooth and seasonal soup.

If you’ve got lots of seeds on your hands, toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper and roast them for a few minute until golden- these guys
make delicious snacks.

A top tip from pumpkin-carving experts the world over is to include a small sachet of silicone gel, those little packets you get in new shoe boxes, in the bottom of your carved pumpkin. This absorbs the moisture and prevents your masterpiece from going soggy too soon.

Now for the some inspiration…

Keep Halloween scary this year by attempting to scultpta gruesome pumpkin pal

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Transform mini pumpkins into cute vampires with a pair of fangs and a couple of drawing pins

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Holes drilled into a pumpkin makes for a surprisingly delicate effect

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Managed to find some elusive coloured pumpkins? Lucky you, turn them into toadstools!

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If you’re still saving for that designer handbag, why not make a pumpkin version of it? Ok, it’s a bit weird

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Halloween is hard on the nerves. Make a drink cooler that will service the season as well as your needs

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Pumpkins shouldn’t always have to be scary. Just look at how cute this caterpiller is!

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Probably don’t try this one…

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Hello, kitty!

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If you don’t like to eat pumpkin seeds, the next best use for them is to make vomit from them. The kids will love this one

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Princess pumpkins are definitely a thing

But how did they know what our dream pumpkin looked like? 

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Cinderella’s carriage looks like it’s fallen straight out of storybook

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Stuck for ideas? Just find a cute child to accessorise your pumpkin

Preferably dress the child as a pumpkin too.

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Make sure everyone knows who’s boss by monogramming your pumpkin this year

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Stop what you’re doing! Here is another baby in a pumpkin

You’re welcome.

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Why is a pumpkin eating a smaller pumpkin so funny? Tough luck, little guy 🙁

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Make a pumpkin portrait of your dog – or maybe join a self-help group

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Go crazy and carve your pumpkin on its side to get a wide (and creepy) face

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Not especially crafty? Spray your pumpkins in adhesive spray and press on net to make these spooky centerpieces  

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You’re probably not going to be able to do this, but we think everyone should see this guy

We’ll probably be seeing him in our nightmares…

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Melted crayons, blasted with a hairdrier, turns a pumpkin into a cool craft project

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Oh hi Mr. Friendly Whale, you’re cute and we like you

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Kind of gross but also effective, this mouse hole hell gives us the creeps

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See what they did here? They’re Jack-O-Lanterns, clever

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Paint your pumpkin and grab some permanant markers to make these beautiful birds

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Wrap your pumpkin pal in some bandages to make a funny mummy

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Gosh, he looks like he’s seen a ghost. Paint your pumpkin white to make your very own spirit-sculpture

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Sweet and a little creepy, this little number is inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations

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With stick on gems, a little paint and an old witch’s hat you can take your pumpkin from drab to fab in minutes

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Put that narled old stalk to good use by making it a twisted nose

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A Frozen-inspired pumpkin is what a lot of little girls will be hoping for this Halloween

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Making food look like even better food is genius. Welcome doughnut pumpkins, to our lives

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We can’t stop looking at this carousel pumpkin. The top is held up on skewers. So. Pretty

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Any reason to include cats works for us

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Carved for a competition? This guy is taking pumpkin carving to the next level

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Gold pumpkins are a thing. And we like

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A pumpkin inside another pumpkin is a wonderful thing

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Aw, baby hedgehog pumpkins

Get the illuminated spikes by drilling holes in your pumpkin and feeding fairy lights through them

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What pumpkin designs will you be carving this year? Tell us – or show us – below…