Pumpkin Faces

The classics never die, or so I'm told. If the rest of the material on this site intimidates you, you will find here some simple and easy to use pumpkin faces and other simple designs. Build up your skills and confidence in pumpkin carving with some of these. They are marked as Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert. The rest of the patterns on this site are to be considered expert or more than expert and so are not marked. Be warned!
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BEGINNER

The Classic

Beginner

The toothy mouthed three triangle face that is the standard of pumpkin faces. You probably don't need a template to carve this face, but use it anyway if you are just starting out. It's good practice.
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The Classic II

Beginner

A variation on the classic original design adds more natural rounded eyes.
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The Classic II Upside Down

Beginner

Turn that smile upside down. Note how just this minor change gives the pattern a much more sinister look.
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The Classic III

Beginner

Notice how the simple addition of eyeballs greatly increases the natural look? You are limited in placement of the eyeballs as they must touch the edge of the eyesocket, but this can enhance your jack o'lantern by giving it either a goofy or even sinister look. This is for fun after all.

Optional Extra: drill a hole through the middle of the eyeballs to create pupils.


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The Classic III B

Beginner

Please feel free to play with the design as well. Adding catlike pupils can further enhance the look.
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The Classic III Upside Down

Beginner

Reptilian eyes can be added with just a pair of triangles and greatly enhance the look of the pattern. Halloween is about being scared, after all!
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The Classic Surprised

Beginner

Try playing with emotions as you can see in this and the following pattern. Also, you could combine a pumpkin carved with another carving so it looks like they are reacting to it. Have a little fun with your display!
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The Classic Scared

Beginner

Halloween is a scary night. Maybe the pumpkins should be scared too.
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The Classic Rolling Its Eyes

Beginner

This pumpkin isn't impressed by all the Halloween stuff at all.
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The Smiley Face

Beginner

Here's a different kind of face. This is designed to use the pumpkin it's carved on as the frame for the face. There is a page filled with smiley faces that include the circular frame. Go look. Enjoy!
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Nosferatu Face

Beginner

The first vampire movie: Nosferatu!
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The Ghost

Beginner

Carve this and your pumpkin will be haunted!
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The Angry Pumpkin

Beginner

Take the classic, replace the eyes with angry eyes and that friendly smile suddenly doesn't seem so friendly anymore.
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The Eyes In The Dark

Beginner

Sometimes simpler is better. Find a really pitch black location and put this lit jack o'lantern in it. I've also used this face in some patterns in the scenes section.
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The Smirking Pumpkin

Beginner

A pumpkin face need not always be symmetrical...our faces aren't. Asymmetry gives you access to a wide range of emotions and expressions.
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The Classic with a THIRD EYE!

Beginner

Three eyes. Creepy!
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Pumpkin PI

Beginner

It's as easy as ... Don't know? I know it looks vaguely oriental, but it's not, it's Greek so don't go all transcendental on me! Carve it on a pumpkin and see who gets it. No watermelons or the joke is lost.
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The Classic Embarrassed

Beginner

Heh heh heh. Now wasn't that embarrassing? See how adding in eyebrows and playing with the angles of the eyes let's you play with facial expressions.
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Mr. Bitey Face

Beginner

The teeth! The eyes! The EYEBROWS! Oh yeah, he's mean!
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I WANT MORE CANDY!

Beginner

Better give it to him.

As a variation, try making the mouth as big as you can and carve it on the top of the pumpkin. Then flip the eyes over and carve them on the back of the pumpkin using the peduncle (pumpkin stem) as its nose. Then pose the pumpkin looking up like it's waiting for candy to be dropped in.


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Alien Face

Beginner

This pattern is out of this world!
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The Skull

Beginner

Carving this will help you get a head in the world.
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Hungry Face

Beginner

Hungry!
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INTERMEDIATE

Smiling Cat

Intermediate

Showing his teeth! That means he's smiling, right?
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Hissing Cat

Intermediate

Don't cross his path on Hallowe'en!
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Nightmare

Intermediate

Carving his eyes that thin could be the real nightmare.
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The Classic wearing Glasses

Intermediate

The better to see you with!
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Oh No!

Intermediate

Oh No! was inspired by an old comic film. After you carve this one, don't leave it home alone.
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Pumpkin Jack

Intermediate

Pumpkin Jack is the first pattern I ever created and the source of the name of this site.

To see this carved, click here.


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Scary Guy

Intermediate

My second attempt at designing my own patterns wasn't as creative as the Pumpkin Jack, but Scary Guy still illustrates the gradual evolution from the simple pattern to more complex images. Plus the flaming eyes are neat!

To see this carved, click here.


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Scary Mask

Intermediate

This intermediate carving is based on a mask from a renowned horror movie series. Don't Scream when you see it in the shadows like this!
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The Classic II Two Face

Intermediate

The classic face...with a twist! Our mind sees straight lines as artificial, so the right side of the pattern is non-threatening. The left (or sinister) side has fewer straight lines, more organic, as so is more threatening. It might be real.
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The Classic III C

Intermediate

This is almost the same as III B in Beginner but with more complicated cat eyes.
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The Classic IV

Intermediate

Now we can add some hair and ears.
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The Classic V

Intermediate

Make the hair scraped and it adds instant depth. This technique can be used to great effect enabling carving that look photo-realistic and sometimes even 3D.
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The Classic With Glowing Eyes

Intermediate

Try scraping some parts of your design instead of cutting through. Cut through on elements you want to emphasize, such as eyes. Play with the depth of your scraping to make these parts brighter or darker. It's a good idea to turn off the lights and test your creation from time to time and make revisions as you go.
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Glowing Skull

Intermediate

A simple but effective pattern, the glowing skull will begin to impress everyone with your growing carving skills.
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That Ultrabright Smile!

Intermediate

Why is it smiling? Is it happy?
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The Snowman Pumpkin

Intermediate

And now for something different...a snowman...on a pumpkin! The little circles replace the old traditional pieces of coal and, yes, the brown thing is supposed to be a carrot. You could also try not carving the carrot and substitute a real carrot.

The brotherhood of orange!


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The Angry Robot

Intermediate

And who says that the face must look human? The grid work for the eyes will require some patience, so take your time.
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The Evil Monkey

Intermediate

Maybe it flies. Maybe it is a damn dirty ape. You decide.

This pattern came about while I was designing another theme. It is the smile from the classic design in two different sizes. Be open to new ideas emerging from other designs.


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The Classic...as a Cyborg

Intermediate

A camera lense as a eye! The six million dollar pumpkin!

Carve it or craft a lense using a toilet paper roll. Have fun with it. Use your imagination to build on the theme.


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The Classic With An Eye Patch

Intermediate

A pirate? Damaged eye? Trying to correct a lazy eye?
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The Classic Xenomorph (Alien)

Intermediate

In space, no one can hear you say trick or treat.
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The Classic with a Moustache

Intermediate

Dig my contribution for Movember!
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The Classic Sticking out Tongue

Intermediate

Who does this pumpkin think he is? Pumpkin Jack?
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Lunch!

Intermediate

This little guy seems surprised to find himself as lunch.

When carving this, do all the carving for the little guy first.


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Bear

Intermediate

Can a pumpkin be cute and cuddly? You bet!
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Kitty

Intermediate

My paws and whiskers! Look at this pattern!
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The Reaper

Intermediate

It's come for you...to carve!
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A Cyberman

Intermediate

For Doctor Who fans just learning to carve, here is the classic villain the Cyberman!
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My Lips Were Sealed

Intermediate

With this pattern, your jack o'lantern will never stand for censorship!
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ADVANCED

Flaming Skull

Advanced

While this template makes no use of scraping technique, it does have a lot of little detail with the flames.
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Hungry Eyes

Advanced

Want to play a little more with the classic design in a way that doesn't involve a spew of pumpkin guts in front of your jack o'lantern (and how original is that)?
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Pumpkin Jack II

Advanced

This is Pumpkin Jack as I'd originally conceived him, but had no idea how to do originally.

To see this carved, click here.


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Sinister

Advanced

Sinister means left and I hope your patience will not have left you when you are done with him.
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Witch

Advanced

Which witch is which? This one.
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More Bear

Advanced

Can you ever really have enough bear?
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Even More Bear

Advanced

Okay, yes. That is quite enough bear. Too much, in fact.
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EXPERT

Eyes

Expert

The eyes have it. The eyes are said to be the windows to the soul. People are captivated by them and terrified by them. They provide the focal point to the entire face and they are darn hard to carve well.
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The Face

Expert

Ready for something a little more complicated? Got the patience? Try "The Face".
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The Classic With WAY Too Many Candles

Expert

This classic's on fire!

Okay, look over all of the classic designs on this page. Three triangles and a mouthful of teeth. Notice that the eye triangle can point up or down depending on the effect you want to get. Keep that in mind if all you're doing is carving the simple face.

Notice also the fun we can have just playing with minor (or major) variations on the original theme. People get the concept of the classic jack o'lantern. It's everywhere at Halloween. Playing with it can give you great creativity without a lot of complexity.

Of course we can get VERY complex with it! Of course we can!