Examples of pumpkin carving ideas include painting the pumpkins white or black before carving and drawing on little windows and doors to make them look like pumpkin homes. Another idea is to carve old key patterns into the pumpkins and have pirate-themed decorations. More complex carving ideas include a haunted castle design, patterned carvings and spider-web carvings.
When drawing little door and window details on a pumpkin, the parts that get carved can be the actual window shapes and small slits that make the door appear slightly open. Ghost silhouettes may be added in the window carvings. Pumpkins may also be painted shades of gold and bronze with elegant shapes carved out of them for a more formal decoration idea.
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.