Using pumpkin carving stencils for a Halloween pumpkin can take a lot of time. There is the option to carve a simple pumpkin face and bring the Jack-o-lantern alive with various props, decorations to create cool pumpkins that are perfect for pumpkin pictures.
How to Carve a Pumpkin for Halloween – Simple Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Generally the more complex a pumpkin design is – the shorter the life span. It can be sad to watch a masterpiece that takes hours to make only last a day and then wilt away. Save time and effort by quickly and easily carving a simple design that can be dressed up with Halloween props and decorations.
Try using an apple corer to punch circles to quickly carve a face, and Halloween cookie cutters can be pressed into the pumpkin for a good outline to carve with a knife. Here is a breakdown of how to carve a pumpkin:
- Cut the lid of the pumpkin ensuring the opening is big enough to easily scoop out the insides and safely place a candle/light inside.
- Scrape out the innards and seeds.
- Trace a pattern of a simple spooky face onto the pumpkin using a blunt pencil.
- Carve out the face with a sharp knife poking the pieces out when loose.
- Cut a chimney hole (a 1-2 inch circle) to let heat escape at the back of the pumpkin.
Painting a Halloween Pumpkin
Cool effects can be made by using unconventional painting methods. A pumpkin can look very different just by changing the color; so try painting it white, black, purple or green. Fluorescent colors can work really well and metallic spray paints can add an interesting sparkle. More spectacular effects can be achieved by using glow-in-the-dark paint; dribble all over a pumpkin for a scary radioactive zombie effect. Try breaking open a glow stick and using the glowing paint around the eyes and teeth.
Add Props & Decorations to Halloween Pumpkins
A few thoughtful additions to a Jack-o-lantern can make it into a contest-winning pumpkin. Last years vampire fangs can be added with some fake blood and even a “victim” mini pumpkin can be put inside the carved mouth. Try these other ideas for scary or funny Halloween pumpkins:
- Make a zombie pumpkin by using a cauliflower for a brain (add fake blood for extra gore).
- Insert a fake knife into the head of the pumpkin.
- Add devil horns and a tail for a funky demon pumpkin.
- Put on a halo and wings for an angelic Jack-o-lantern.
- Reuse old Halloween wigs, witch hats and even the makeup.
- Use fake spiders and other decorations around the pumpkin.
- Gently hammer nails, pins, tooth picks or tacks for cool hair or patterns.
- Try an eye patch for a pirate themed lantern.
Pumpkin Picture Ideas
Taking a good photograph of a pumpkin takes a little planning. To capture the spooky vibe of Halloween, shoot at night with eerie lighting. Try using two or or three lit candles inside the pumpkin as it will produce better picture. Create light by having someone use a flash light in the background but avoid using the camera flash. The camera will need to be still so use a tripod or steady surface when taking photographs.
Make your pictures memorable by putting the Jack-o-lanterns in amusing or frightening poses. Here are some ideas for how the Halloween pumpkins can be arranged:
- Reserve some of the innards and seeds and drip out of the mouth for an alcoholic puking pumpkin. Leave an empty bottle of alcohol nearby.
- Create a body with the pumpkin as the head.
- Make a group of zombie Jack-o-lanterns with them eating each other like cannibals.
- Have the pumpkin as the centre piece around the Halloween party food.
- Use stuffed old gloves as hands and arrange around the face or coming out of the ground.
For more unique and spooky pumpkin carving ideas and pictures take a look at Extreme Pumpkins. Be individual and ditch Halloween pumpkin stencils and try experimenting with painting Jack-o-lanterns with and using props and decorations for cool memorable pumpkins.