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53 Cute Pumpkin Faces to Upgrade Your Classic Jack-O'-Lantern

There are plenty of Halloween ideas you can carve, draw and paint.

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Mike Garten

After a successful trip to your local pumpkin patch, the next thing on your mind is coming up with a festive way to decorate your pumpkins and gourds.

While a good old jack-o'-lantern will always evoke the Halloween spirit, we recommended upping the ante this year and trying out some new and cute pumpkin faces. We put together a whole list of pumpkin face ideas that only look elaborate and are actually quite easy to recreate or put your own spin on. For instance, you could try out some cool no-carve ideas by adding fringe or temporary tattoos to your pumpkin. Or you could even draw one on, or opt for an eye-catching painted pumpkin face. Some of the funniest ones on here don't even require to you do any of this (psst: a fun mask goes a long way).

But if you're looking to keep the Halloween tradition alive of cutting up your pumpkins, there are so many great carving ideas to put your creativity to the test (just be sure to follow some of our carving hacks to make sure you're doing it right!). There are also a ton of looks that have simple stencils that kids can easily follow (with adult supervision, of course).

We know, creating cool and scary pumpkin faces isn’t always an easy feat, but when you follow these simple tutorials you’re bound to find several looks you and the kids can pull off.

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Skeleton Pumpkin Face

Recreate this spooky little guy by stacking two pumpkins on top of each other. Make sure to keep the oval-shaped one on top and the more circular gourd on the bottom. Finish them off with a good coat of white paint and black accents for the face and ribs.


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Kitten Pumpkin Face

Show off even your littlest pumpkins by turning them into black cats. Simply paint mini pumpkins with two coats of black spray paint and let dry completely. Add rhinestones for eyes, embroidery thread whiskers and pom-pom noses with hot glue. Cut out cat ears from velour paper and glue each to a toothpick. Stick toothpicks into the top of the pumpkins.


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Woodland Creature Pumpkins

With just the addition of some toothpicks, leaves and other nuts and seeds you can probably find in your backyard, you'll have cute little critters to line your stoop.


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Fancy Vampire Pumpkin

Whether you're working with a craft pumpkin or one plucked from a pumpkin patch, you can transform it into perfectly spooky decor. Simply attach plastic vampire teeth using a glue gun to complete this look.


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Masked Pumpkins

Elevate a basic pumpkin by attaching any mask of your choice. Just make sure it's secured with straight pins so that it will stay on during those windy fall nights.


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Fringe Pumpkin Face

Prepare to make the cutest scary pumpkin ever. Just wrap and glue fringe or yarn around the stem of a pumpkin, adding 2 – 3 layers until it looks nice and full. Using hot glue, attach googly eyes onto the fringe and add personality with cut paper eyelids and teeth.


RELATED: 25+ Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween

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Plant Person Pumpkin Face

We're obsessed with the idea of turning your pumpkins into planters. You can carve any face you'd like and use the greenery as hair.

Get the tutorial at Woman's Day »

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Happy Pumpkin Face

The eyes and nose won't be a problem at all. To create the more realistic teeth, simply draw on the mouth that you'd like and shave off the orange so just the flesh is exposed. Then, you'll just use your knife to shape the teeth of your choice. Just be careful and take your time.

Get a tutorial for How to Carve a Pumpkin with Teeth.

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Lion Pumpkin Face

Woman's Day has the full details on how to create the tin man and scarecrow, but we're focusing on the beautiful lion! To make: hollow a large pumpkin from base; carve mouth and eyes. Cut nose from a smaller pumpkin; paint black and let dry. Attach to large pumpkin with toothpicks. Halve and hollow a small orange pumpkin for snout; secure with wood skewers. Halve and hollow a small orange pumpkin for ears, cut flat on one side; secure with toothpicks. Straight-pin faux chrysanthemums around face for mane.

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Face Mask Pumpkin

To make this spa-going pumpkin face, simply paint a "face mask" onto a real or faux pumpkin, leaving spaces for the nose and mouth. Let it dry completely. Then, stretch a decorative shower cap onto the pumpkin's "head" and pin it in place with straight pins. To make the cucumber eyes, just print images of cucumbers from a picture online and glue them on.


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Gourdolantern Pumpkin Faces

Grab some gourds and squashes from your local grocery store and simply create any face you want with acrylic paint.


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Vampire Pumpkin Face

After painting your pumpkin to your liking, use an awl to create eyeholes. You can place flowers, or leave as is, to serve as the eyes. To finish, carve a square for fake fangs.


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Deer Pumpkin Face

Oh, deer! This pumpkin design couldn't be cuter. All you need for this woodland creature-inspired design are a couple of tree branches, yarn, felt and buttons for eyes. Wind some yarn tightly around the branches and secure loose yarn ends with hot-glue. To insert the antlers, drill two holes into the upper third of the shell, angling the drill bit down, so the antlers stick up, not out.


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Cow Pumpkin Face

We dare you to find a mooo-re adorable pumpkin. Start by downloading, tracing and cutting out the cow nose and ears template onto brown leather. Repeat with the forehead pattern on a corn husk. Hot-glue ears, nose and forehead to the bottom of a pumpkin. Paint two pumpkin seeds with black craft paint. Hot-glue the seeds for nostrils, black buttons for eyes and dried bunny tail grass tops for horns.



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Fortnite Llama Unicorn Pumpkin Face

If your kids can't get enough Fortnite, then get ready for endless fun with this gamer-approved pumpkin for Halloween. This colorful fantasy beast should be a stand-out for the holiday.

Get the tutorial at Nest of Posies »

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Owl Gourds

These sweet little guys are a hoot! While you could use mini pumpkins to pull off these owl faces, an autumn squash may give you more height. You'll need pipe cleaners, brown buttons, pom poms, craft paper and felt sheets to create these cuties.

Get the tutorial at Hello Wonderful »

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Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Face

The blogger behind this craft used a faux pumpkin, but you can easily follow her directions on a real one. If you're feeling ambitious, you can also create Minnie to go with Mickey by using a bow!

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY »

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Witch Pumpkin

This is a fun design the kids can totally help with. Start with a black faux pumpkin and use a stencil design to paint on an orange face. Let your little ones pick out the faux hair and clip it to the pumpkin's stem. You can customize the perfect witch's hat using your choice of glitter paint to add some extra pizzazz.

Get the tutorial at See Vanessa Craft »


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Kitten Jack O' Lantern

Carving out this feline face is easier than it looks. Simply cut out two triangles for the ears, two diamonds for the eyes and a few more triangles for the nose and whiskers. Don't forget to remove the top to place a candle inside to really bring the design to life.

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Pikachu Pumpkin Face

What's more adorable than this Pikachu pumpkin? To pull this off, you'll need yellow card stock, acrylic paint, felt and vinyl sheets.

Get the tutorial at Happiness is Homemade »


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Scary Cat Pumpkin Face

For some especially spooky decor, recreate this frightening feline by stacking a smaller pumpkin on top of a larger one and painting them both black. Finish off the look with black felt ears and a tea light for eerie glowing eyes.

Get the tutorial at Crafts By Amanda »

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Funny Pumpkin Face

You'll get all the laughs from your neighbors when they pass this little pumpkin. Carve any face you like, and just leave a gap on the side of its mouth that's big enough to fit a can.

Follow our tips on how to carve the perfect pumpkin face.

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Scary Painted Pumpkin Face

This innovative pumpkin face utilizes the top of the pumpkin to create the look of a creepy jack o' lantern. Instead of cutting off the top (as you would for your traditional jack), use the pumpkin stem as the nose and paint the eyes and mouth around it.

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Pastel Pumpkin Faces

Some pastel pumpkins could add a cool contrast to your spookier Halloween decor. These are like mini art pieces — and they don't require you to pick up a knife.

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built »

RELATED: 56 Easy Crafts for Adults Who Love Halloween

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'90s Design Pumpkin

Why settle for adding just one face to your pumpkin when you could have multiple? For this easy ghost craft that (brightly!) nods to the '90s, you'll need colored adhesive vinyl and spray or acrylic paint.

Get the tutorial at A Kailo Chic Life »

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Sweet Scarecrow Pumpkin Face

With some light carving, a creative hairpiece fashioned from corn husks, some glue and a bag or two of candy corn, this friendly Jack-o-Lantern might be the friendliest one on the block.


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Mummy Pumpkins

The best part about this mummy is that no carving or painting is required! As long as you have some gauze and googly eyes on hand, this decor can be done in a jiffy.

Get the tutorial at Hands On As We Grow »


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Glam Sticker Face Pumpkin

For a pumpkin that can be completed in five seconds or less, try out this glam sticker face. The gold sunglasses give this pumpkin a star quality.


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Screaming Pumpkin Faces

These "screaming" pumpkins can also double as props for an impromptu game of corn hole. To make them, cut large holes in the bottom of two pumpkins and scoop out the pulp and seeds. Download and trace the template onto the pumpkins, then cut out the faces. Stack the pumpkins and use skewers to hold the top pumpkin in place.


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Mad Scientist Pumpkin

Turn your pumpkin into a mad scientist with just a few accessories. Opt for some lab goggles and a fake syringe to complete this look.


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