33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes

33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

We love the fall. Not only for the beautifully colored changing leaves and cooler weather, but because fall means time for pumpkin carving!
 
Our house isn’t huge into Halloween, mostly because we don’t do junky candy, but we DO love costumes. And high quality organic chocolate. Usually our entire family dresses up as some sort of theme. Last year was the Duck Dynasty crew. The year before was Wizard of Oz. And before that was my favorite so far – Pirates of the Caribbean. Our first year doing an ensemble with 8 people was Star Wars. I’m trying to talk them into Harry Potter for this year!
 

Pumpkin Carving and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

Well slap me thrice and hand me to me mama!

 
We also love carving pumpkins! Well, ok, not really. The carving part kind of stinks actually. But the end result is worth it. We get a lot of ideas from Pinterest, and I have a bunch of boards with both carving ideas as well as ensemble costume ideas, so if you are interested, keep reading!
 
Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite carved pumpkins from over the years. 

33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes

Pumpkin Carving and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

These are some of my very favorites!

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Pumpkin Carving and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

Big Toothy.

 

33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

This one uses a pie pumpkin for the little one – super tough skin made it hard to carve.

 

33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

I used metal cookie cutters and a hammer to cut out the leaf shapes.

 
33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

Simple black cat. Classic.

 

33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

Charlie Brown and candy corn.

 
33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

Because I love the Peanuts gang.

 

33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

This was more of a fall harvest theme. Fairly easy to carve with a pretty result.

 

33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie
33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

 

33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

Eyes.

 33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

 
33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

This one used the cutout for the inside pumpkin.

33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

Captain Jack Sparrow. 

 
33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

A cute owl.


33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie  
 
33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie
 
33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

I used a white pumpkin for the inside skull.

 

33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie
33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

Another one of my favorites – Star Wars theme!

33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie

It helps to have siblings that also love to carve.

Looking for more ideas? Check out my Pinterest boards!

            Fall/Halloween 2014 (Harry Potter)
          Halloween 2013 (Duck Dynasty)
          Halloween 2012 (Wizard of Oz)
          Halloween 2011 (Pirates of the Caribbean)
          Halloween 2010 (Star Wars)


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

You can’t carve pumpkins without saving the seeds to roast! What’s your favorite recipe? 

Here is one of my favorites from Simple Life Mom: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds 

 
And another good one from The Pistachio Project {here}.
And 3 different options from Five Little Homesteaders {here}.


Pumpkin Recipes

And since we are talking pumpkins, how about some of my favorite pumpkin recipes?

Homemade Nutrient-Dense Pumpkin Spice Creamer from Naturally Mindful

Homemade Pumpkin Soup from Herbal Academy of New England

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars from What’s That Smell

Pumpkin Waffles from Five Little Homesteaders

 
 
Do you love all things pumpkin? What’s your favorite recipe? 
 33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes | Musings of a Modern Hippie
  
What goes great with your roasted pumpkin seeds?         Popcorn!  
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4 comments for “33 Pumpkin Carving Ideas and Recipes

  1. October 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

    What a fun post! Your pumpkin carving skills are incredible. I hate carving them, and was excited the other year when they started selling doo-dads that you stick on them, Mr. Potato Head style. 😉 Pinning.

  2. October 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Wow! I love these pumpkins, especially the big monster pumpkin with the little guy in his mouth, it’s scary and cute all at the same time. The death star is also very impressive. I do enjoy some Pinterest and have spent much more time pinning than I care to admit, but I have yet to delve into the world of pumpkin carving pins. I feel like I just got an awesome best-of tour though. Sweet!

  3. October 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Man, that Death Star must have been a pain to carve! lol
    GREAT work! Very inspiring!! 😀

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