40 Best Pumpkin Carvings of Monsters and Villains
The best depictions of bad guys, and frightening and friendly ghouls from our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
Each year you enter awe-inspiring pumpkin carvings in the pumpkin contest. We gathered up the scariest and most villainous here.
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"This pumpkin was inspired by the movie Nightmare on Elm Street and was carved using an X-Acto knife and dental tools. The entire carving took about 8 hours to complete."
"Poster and cover art for the 1978 John Carpenter classic horror movie Halloween. Normal carving knives and chisels."
"I get images from the Internet and make my own templates, I poke in the main outline of the image and then draw the rest using an X-Acto knife. I use mainly an X-Acto knife with different blades to cave the entire pumpkin. Using regular and flat blades. The flat blade is used to put in the shading. I did this for the cover of a local free periodical and so I thought a Thriller theme would be great. I have Zombie Michael in the front, with two Zombies in the back and on the wall I have zombie shadows dancing. This took me about 7 hours total to gut and carve all three pumpkins and a mini pumpkin with the paper's logo."
Location: La Crosse, WI
"This pumpkin took me 3 days to do, and I stayed up the last 36 hours straight to finish it in time for Halloween. I used a Dremel, conventional pumpkin saws, and scrapers that I made out of old wire hangers."
"I used clay ribbon tools and a box cutter on this pumpkin. It took eight hours to carve and weighed 65 pounds before I started cutting into it. It is not hollowed out. It is a Chinese dragon."
South Jordan, UT
"I've been pumpkin carving since '98, and started making my own patterns in 2003. I use various wood working tools ("V" wedges), little pumpkin carving saws, and clay loop tools for my carvings, and flat chisels for sculpts. All my patterns are designed in photoshop. My carvings can be found at fantasypumpkins.com."
"This year I wanted to do a 3D dragon so using carving knives, a drill, and a jigsaw, I cut out sections and built on to create a snout and tongue using scraps attached with wooden skewers for cooking. I wanted to preserve it in our hot South Florida climate so in the evenings (except Halloween itself) I submerged it in our swimming pool to keep the gills from 'curling.'"
Pembroke Pines, FL
"It wasn't until 2001 that I realized I could combine my love of art and pumpkins by creating my own pumpkin patterns."
New Haven, CT
"I used a Dremel, rotary tools with diamond burs, stone grinding bits, and small drill bits. Pattern obtained from stoneykins.com."
North Logan, UT
"I use a number of clay and wood working tools. Anything with a sharp edge or pint is also a great help."
1. X-Acto Knives
2. Razor blades
3. Kitchen knives
"From The Shining: Heeere's Johnny! I used Photoshop to convert the image to a pattern and carved with a Dremel. It took 6 hours to complete."
"Drew Pennywise on the pumpkin with a sharpie and went to town with a razor blade wrapped in electrical tape and sometimes in the utility knife."
"This is Linda Blair from The Exorcist. The eyes turned out surprisingly realistic. I used a Dremel, X-Acto knife, and some scrapers I made out of a clothes hanger."
"This is a carving based on the movie poster for The Exorcist.I started by creating a template of the poster. I then taped the template to the pumpkin and transferred it using a safety pin. Then, using a Dremel tool and X-Acto knife I slowly chipped away at it until I reached the finished product. Because of the time it takes to complete I use foam pumpkins so I can keep them and use them again year after year. I have about 14 very detailed pumpkins that are a big hit with my neighbors."
"I did an all around design with the theme of spooky characters on a "scary" go round. I used an X-Acto and Dremel. I display it by hanging it from a disco ball spinner to complete the effect."
"Pattern downloaded from stoneykins.com. Carve was completed using a foam pumpkin, a Dremel and various drill bits, and diamond burr bits."
Kansas City, MO
"6 hours of work. I had to blow the pattern up by 50% to ensure I could carefully carve the small detail. There is no scrapping, it's all carved straight through. Tools I used Pumpkin Masters brand carving kit and custom fine tip saw blades."
East Aurora, NY
"I am a huge The Munsters fan and last year I was looking all over the place for a Lily Munster pumpkin stencil and I could not find one anywhere. Being an artist myself I took a photo of Lily and attempted my own stencil. I was quite impressed with my results."
Park Forest, IL
"I used store bought pumpkin carving tools and wood carving tools for the shading. I wanted to do something scary and we got a lot of good comments!"
"This is a completely original pattern inspired by Vlad Dracula (although significantly more scary than his 15th-century portrait). It was carved with a homemade carving tool (made from coping saw blades), an X-Acto knife, a drill bit, and some basic sculpting tools. Overall, it took between 6-7 hours."
Spring Lake Park, MN
"This design pays tribute to one of the greatest movie monsters ever...Godzilla. I created the template and then transferred it using a safety pin. I carved it out with an X-Acto knife and used the Dremel tool to thin out the shell to give his scales that glow effect. I used a foam pumpkin so I can display it year after year."
"This is the satyr from the movie Pan's Labyrinth. I used mostly clay carving tools and a pumpkin saw for the eyes."
"The ghosts are carved from a white pumpkin. It appears they are rising from their graves. This was free-hand."
"To carve my pumpkin I used a utility razor blade and a serrated paring knife. Took a little bit more time than normal, but I achieved the desired affect by doing so."
"A different approach to the position of the pumpkin i trying to stay with the historical beliefs of a Jackolantern to ward off evil spirits using this positions I achieve natural facial lines and his eyes and brain are all of the same pumpkin with the use of only a perry knife and a teaspoon oh and candle wax hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it by the way it is illuminated internally with a red glow stick."
"I like to keep it simple, drawing on the pumpkin freehand while looking at a photo (as I did for Boris here). After cutting into the top and cleaning out the pumpkin, I then used a pushpin to mark the main figure outline in dots, then began to carve, using an X-Acto knife and some basic wood-carving tools—even a small tool used to carve linoleum blocks for the smaller areas. I don't want to 'break through'; the pumpkin flesh, just make it thin enough to create a 3D image of the character I'm carving. Boris took me about an hour and a half to carve, including cleaning."
"This was made from the skin of three pumpkins. First, we cut the pumpkins in a spiral with a saber saw and then cut the skin off in long strips. Then, we pinned them to a frame made from some conduit and 2x4 that was covered with newspaper."
Grand Rapids, MI
"This only took about 30 minutes to complete with very basic cuts that any pumpkin carving kit can handle. The main idea behind this one was to find a use for leftover humming bird syrup."
"Made my own template in Photoshop and carved with regular kitchen knives, X-Acto knife and used pushpins to trace pattern."
Los Angeles, CA
"I designed and carved this pumpkin for my pumpkin display this year. I used Warren Pro Pumpkin tools and an X-Acto knife to carve this pumpkin."
West Jordan, UT
"I carved this as a tribute to one of my favorite movies of 2010, Alice in Wonderland. I used a Dremel 300 variable speed and used various bits for carving and shading effects. I also modified the carving depth to enhance the lighting effects. Overall, the project took approximately 6 hours."
"For this pumpkin, I did Hitchcock's The Birds. The pattern itself was fairly simple but the detail nearly made my hand fall off! I used the simple tools that you can get at any grocery store, along with some wood carving tools."