Some classic pumpkin carving ideas include scary faces, silhouettes and spooky ghosts. More complex carving ideas include a haunted castle design, patterned carvings and spider-web carvings.
While pumpkins are traditionally carved to resemble scary faces with angry-looking eyes, triangular noses and smiles with crooked teeth, more intricate and original carving ideas include ghost ships, vampires and even sports team logos.
SouthernLiving.com provides over 30 pumpkin carving ideas, and TheFunTimesGuide.com provides links to numerous free downloadable pumpkin carving templates. The Better Homes and Gardens website also offers 17 free and printable pumpkin carving stencils, including Frankenstein, a lion and a chess piece.