Halloween Guide 2022

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It’s that time of the year again Halloween Time and looking for fun activities for adults and kids here is a good place to start check out this list:

October is approaching and that means pumpkin patches and Halloween events.  Halloween related celebrations are starting as early as September in Los Angeles and nearby counties.  Our Halloween Guide 2022 – Los Angeles and Beyond can get your planning ready during this year’s activities. If you’re looking for an excursion with the kids and family, or scary adventures for the grown-ups, there’s lots of options from which to choose.

With fall in the air, you’ll find many special Halloween themed events.  And certainly don’t forget to get a pumpkin, or a few for your home.  It’s indeed a great time for family fun.

The Places Where We Go brings together an especially curated list of top-rated events you can schedule on your calendar.  We’ve got you covered for pumpkin patches and hayrides at farms.  While most local communities will have the typical stands with stacks of pumpkins for sale, others go the extra mile adding activities to entertain the kids.  Some of these places will charge a fee to participate.

The following list is in the order of city names spread among several Southern California counties.  Look for places close to your home, or areas within a reasonable driving distance.  We’re sure that no matter where you live, you’ll surely find great options nearby.

Important Note: Please visit websites of attractions before visiting for the latest information and special guidelines that apply per listed attraction.  Information may change after posting on our website.

Halloween Guide 2022 – Southern California Counties

We found the top events listed in several Southern California counties.  Scroll through our list straightaway to see everything available or select the links below for the county of your choice:

Los Angeles
San Diego
Santa Barbara


Calabasas – Nights of the Jack

The ultimate Halloween event is back at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas.  Night of the Jack features Halloween fun for everyone.  A 2/3-mile trail at the ranch has blazing gourds around every corner.  See a spook-tacular illuminated light show experience under the California autumn sky.  Live carving is demonstrated at this event.

The event is kid friendly, and they can see their favorite characters in pumpkin form. Adults can enjoy a seasonal cocktail at the Spookeasy bar while the littles can enjoy festive fall treats.  Some of LA’s best food trucks will be serving meals on site.  Don’t forget to visit the souvenir shop before departing to get a memento from your visit.

Most guests spend just over an hour on the site engaging in the activation zone before or after walking the trail.  This is a largely popular event, typically attracting 100,000 visitors per season.

Important: Tickets are timed.  Late arrivals will not receive entry nor a refund.

Dates: October 1 – October 31, 6pm to 10pm 
Location: 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302
Admission: $34.99 – no late entries allowed; Children aged 2 and under are free.  Ticket cost may increase after the initial pre-sale period

Culver City – Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

Mr.  Bones Pumpkin Patch delivers a Halloween experience in the heart of they city.  You might even see a few celebrities enjoying the fun here. Enjoy events, food and entertainment. And, while you visit, it’s a fun place to get your pumpkins. Check the website as the site occasionally closes for private events.

Dates: October 7 – October 31, 9am – 9pm 
Location: 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Admission: Ranges from $10 to $30, depending on day and time selected. Children aged 2 and under are free.  

Fall harvest pumpkins

La Cañada Flintridge – Carved at Descano Gardens

Carved is a family-friendly event for all ages. For three weeks in October, hundreds of carved pumpkins will line the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Along with pumpkins, the ever-popular pumpkin house, hay maze, and holiday-themed food and beverages will return. Guests can also enjoy UV “black light” experiences, artists sculpting pumpkins, and a special Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) installation at the Amphitheater.

Dates: October 11-31, 630pm to 10pm 
Location: 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 
Admission: $25 – $35

Los Angeles – Bob Barker Marionette Theater Halloween Spooktacular

The spooky season begins here September 18th.  Gather your goblins and ghoulies for a great seasonal show- HaLLoWe’eN SpoOkTaCuLaR! You’ll be delighted by this haunting showcase of sweet spooks, including the Purple People Eater, Dracula, the Invisible Man, and many more! 

The hour-long family friendly boo-sical revue, features over one hundred puppets.  It’s a great eerie experience for everyone.


Dates: September 24 – November 6
Times vary – check with the theater
Location: 4949 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Admission: $20, Children ages 2 and under are free

Los Angeles – Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party 

On Saturday October 30, the Little Tokyo Ghost Club will be transforming the community for the annual Haunted Little Tokyo, a fun-filled Halloween celebration with frightfully fun events that are perfect for ghosts and ghouls of all ages.  The block party event is for ages 21 and up.

This year, the “Block Party” will move to an outdoor secret location in Little Tokyo! The event will include all the favorites from previous block parties including DJs, drinks, food, and a costume contest. The location will be shared upon check-in at Brunswig Square (360 E. 2nd Street).

Light food and drinks will be available for purchase. This is also a dog-friendly event!

Guests must be 21 or over and provide proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours before entering the event. The event is free with RSVP prior to the event.

Date: October 30
Time: 7pm – 12am
Location: 360 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Admission: Free with RSVP – visit website to RSVP

Los Angeles – Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch 

The Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch will offer a bone-chilling good time with pumpkins for purchase. Pumpkins will be from Tanaka Farms, a beloved Japanese American family farm located in Irvine, California. Activities at the Pumpkin Patch will be free and include a photo opportunity and a coloring contest.

Date: October 17
Time: 11apm – 5pm
Location: 335 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles – Los Angeles Philharmonic – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Carrying on the annual tradition, this year’s special Halloween treat is a screening of the silent horror movie classic, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.   Organist Clark Wilson will provide music befitting the spooky movie. Come see a classic version of the Robert Louis Stevenson tale featuring leading man John Barrymore.  The dangerous experiments of Dr. Jekyll reveal his dark side after drinking the potion.   

Dates: October 31
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: $34-$67
Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Los Angeles – Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

The ultimate Halloween event in Los Angeles is unlike most experiences.   The Witch of the Woods has cast her spell to summon the spirits of the underworld to cross over and assimilate into form. The Hayride leads to a thrilling adventure of horrors afflicting the town. Dazed within the spell cast upon them, the Witch commands her army of crops and flesh to seek revenge on the people that have casted her out. The Spirit of Halloween comes to life surrounding helpless victims brave enough to board The Hayride.

Dates: Select nights September 23 – October 31
Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Admission: Visit website to see ticket options and price ranges

Los Angeles – LA Zoo – Boo at the Zoo 

The Halloween spirit will be in full swing for 31 frightfully fun days at the L.A. Zoo with special activities and entertainment.  Enjoy spooktacular sights daily. Weekends are even sweeter, with treats like open-air live shows, animal pumpkin feedings, themed photo ops, education stations, and much more. Costumes are encouraged!

We recommend visiting the LA Zoo website before your trip for the most up to date information on this event.

Dates: October 1 – October 31
Time: 10am – 4pm
Admission: Check LA zoo website
Location: 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Universal City – Universal Studios Hollywood – Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios Hollywood presents one of the scariest Halloween events in Southern California.  Summon your scream squad to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights with eight haunted houses, the Terror Tram, scare zones, a live show and exhilarating attractions. Whether you’re a superfan, here for the snacks or selfies, scared of everything or skeptical of everyone, remember, never go alone.

Enter haunted houses inspired by the biggest names in fear. You’re never quite sure if your spine is tingling with dread or sheer excitement.

This event is not recommended for children under 13.  

Dates: September 8 – October 31, on select nights 
Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Admission: Check Universal Studios website for ticket price information and options. AAA members can save up to 30% off gate prices – AAA.com/hhn

Valencia – Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest

Enjoy a haunted house, six haunted mazes, eight scare zones and monster entertainment at Six Flags Magic Mountain. These events are recommended for Guests 13 and Over. No Costumes for Guests Over 12

Dates: Select dates September 10 – October 31
Location: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355

Woodland Hills – Haunt O’Ween

Enjoy Halloween like never before!  Once you enter the expansive, family-friendly 200,000 square foot space, you can stay as long as you’d like until closing. Over 35,000 pumpkins fill the playground and there are nine expansive thematic environments.

The immersive environment welcomes families for 31 days with the best of Halloween time.  Go trick-or-treating in the Town of Haunt O’ Ween, walk through thousands of pumpkins, play a multitude of games and rides, get your face painted, enjoy food and drinks… the list is endless. Make sure to take plenty of photos and videos—you’ll remember the month of Haunt O’ Ween for years to come!

Dates: September 30 – October 31; Times: 4pm – 10pm
Location: 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA
Admission: $30 – $35, Children ages 2 and under are free

Fall harvest pumpkin patch


San Clemente – Casa Creepy

For 3 nights each year, Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente becomes a 1920s-themed haunted house and gardens.  Walk through 2.5 acres of the most haunted mansion on the block! Werewolves, vampires and ghosts are waiting behind every corner of our historic home, and you can bet on plenty of creepy-crawlies in the gardens.

Casa Romantica’s haunted walk contains sudden movement and sounds, and parts of the walk take place on unpaved or uneven historic grounds. All participants are required to agree to a waiver for this event in order to participate.

Casa Creepy Haunted House is suitable for most families with children ages 8 and up; please use your discretion. Costumes are encouraged; costume masks not allowed but medical masks are allowed.

This limited entrance events is capped at 250 guests per event and entry is timed.

Dates: October 27-29, 7pm to 9pm 
Location: 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672
Admission: $15 ages 13 & up • $10 ages 12 & under


Temecula – Peltzer Pumpkin Farm
The Petlzer Pumpkin Farms opens for a new season on September 24th.  Come to the farm to pick your own pumpkin and enjoy a broad list of activities including games, petting zoo, train rides, pumpkin painting and a tractor garden.

Dates: September 24 – October 21 
Times: Monday-Friday (10am – 8pm), Saturday-Sunday (9am-8pm)
Location: 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA
Admission: $3 per person. Children aged 2 and under are free with a paid adult.   Attraction ticket prices vary. 


Carlsbad – Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at Legoland® California Resort

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights are the signature Halloween event at Legoland.  On Saturday nights, join the Monsters who takeover LEGOLAND®. Experience shows, participate in character meet-and-greets, costume contests, treat stations and more.  

New entertainment includes:

Vampyre’s Very Important Monsters (V.I.M) Dance Party – Bring your monstrous moves and ghoulish grooves to this interactive dance party.

Operation Monster Squad – Do you have what it takes to walk, grumble, and dance like a Monster?

A Candy-Coated Curse – Join curious trick-or-treaters as they sing, dance, and chant their way out of a sticky situation.

NEW 4D Movie: The Great Monster Chase – Laugh along in this 4D adventure filled with special effects as four tweens try to sneak their way into a monster party.

Don’t forget your costume.

Dates: Saturdays only September 17 – October 29 (3pm-9pm), and October 30 (2pm-8pm)
Location: One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Admission: Included with Legoland day tickets, hotel packages, and select annual passes AAA members can save up to 30% on tickets – AAA.com/bot

San Diego – The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

It’s a one-of-a-kind haunt experience and has been called one of the top haunted attractions in the United States. Experience two haunts in one.

The 3,500 square foot eXperiment Maze provides a mile long terrifying outdoor trail.  Be on guard as you move through twisted pines and gnarled oaks. 

Next, experience the Haunted Trail. Climb onto the Ghoul Bus where a cloister of Nuns share the scary ride with you. Beware the chainsaw-wielding zombie rodeo clowns around the corner as they look to bring you into their slaughterhouse.

This event is geared toward adults who have guts to brave the chills and thrills.

Dates: September 23 – October 31, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Location: The Haunted Trail is located at the corner of Balboa Dr & Juniper in Balboa Park
Admission: Starts at $25

San Diego – San Diego Zoo HalGLOWeen

The San Diego Zoo hosts HalGLOWeen on Fridays through Sundays in October, excluding October 30.  This light-up-the-night Halloween-themed extravaganza features entertainment, dance parties, musical performances, and food specials.  The interactive festivities are a fun event for the family.

Dates: Fridays through Sundays in October (excluding October 30) – Activities start at 5pm
Location: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Admission: AAA members can save 20% – AAA.com/sandiegozoo


Solvang – Solvang Farmers Pumpkin Patch
Get lost in the 14-acre corn maze and then find your perfect pumpkin.  The squash, gourds and pumpkins range from tiny specimens to super large.  Moreover, this year’s event is bigger than ever so consider a visit if you’ll be in Santa Barbara County.

Dates: September 24 – October 31
Location: Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, CA


Our Halloween Guide 2022 for Ventura features three options. And we start with one of the best family-friendly events in Southern California right in Moorpark California.

Moorpark – Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival

Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival features a gigantic pumpkin patch and 5 themed weekends of live entertainment and family fun. This is unquestionably a great place to take your littles, as we have through the years. The Festival site will be filled with games, rides, photos ops, live entertainment, themed weekends, bands and more! Weekends will include all performances, bands, demonstrations & entertainment. Pick Your Own fruit, vegetables, and flowers as well as tractor-pulled wagon rides around the farm, Animal Center & visits with animals are offered daily.

  • October 8-9: Farm Country Weekend
  • October 15-16: Antique Tractor Weeken
  • October 22-23: Wild West Weekend
  • October 29-30: All About Pumpkins Weekend

Admission to Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival includes:

  • Tractor-drawn Wagon Rides
  • Corn Maze
  • Farmer Craig’s Chicken Show
  • Gigantic Pumpkin Patch
  • Entry to Pick Your Own Fields (pickings separate)
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Pumpkin House
  • Corn Stalk Labyrinth (on Oct. 10)
  • Giant Tractor Display
  • Pumpkin Displays
  • Giant Spiders
  • Harvest Basket
  • Misting Tunnel
  • Hay Climbing Pyramids
  • Animal Center
  • Play Equipment
  • Cotton Harvester & Combine Slides
  • Fun Hill with Tunnels and Wooden Firetruck
  • Wooden Train
  • Wooden School Bus
  • Country Store
  • 50 acres of open space to roam
  • Pull wagons & wheelbarrows available (Personal wagons & strollers welcomed)
  • Animal Shows (Weekends only)
  • Pig Races (Weekends only)
  • Demonstrations (Weekends only)
  • Themed Weekends (Weekends only)
  • Live Performers & Roaming Entertainment (Weekends only)
  • Live Bands (Weekends only)

Tickets Required for the Following:

  • Gem/Fossil Mining
  • Electric Train
  • John Deere, Bee, Cow & Grain Trains
  • Horse-drawn Wagon Rides (weekends-only)
  • Animal Petting & Duck Feeding Areas
  • Bean & Corn Boxes
  • Games & Crafts
  • Face Painting

Any activities may adjust at any time due to current events.

Dates: October 1 – October 31, 9am to 6pm
Location: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA, 93021 
Admission Monday-Friday: $14 General Admission 
Admission Weekends: $22 pre-sale through 10/9 – $28 Day of Admission if spots available
Children under 2 and parking are free.  Seniors (65+), Military, Veterans & Emergeny 1st Responders receive $2 admission discount daily with valid ID. – TICKETS ARE ON-LINE ONLY ON WEEKENDS – No Walk-ins on weekends.

Santa Paula – Prancer’s Farm 2022 Fall Festival

This fall harvest festival features a 30-acre pumpkin patch and family fun.  Highlights include tractor-drawn wagon rides, pick your own pumpkin on 15 acres, hay pyramids, animal center with petting zoo, live performers (weekends only), wheelbarrows, corn expedition and sunflower picking and barrel train ride.

Dates: October 1 – October 31, 8am to dusk
Location: 18450 E. Telegraph Rd., Santa Paula, CA, 93060
Pre-sale tickets will only be available for the first two weekends.  Children 2 and under are free.

Simi Valley – Simi Valley Historical Society & Museum at Strathearn Park

The Creepy Dolls Twilight Tours is offered once per year. In 2022, the event occurs on October 1st, though we are advised it has sold out by September 12th. This guided tour takes visitors back in time to the 1800s. If you enjoy creepy dolls, mark your calendar to get your tickets next year for this very popular event. It’s sure to sell out again.

Ventura – Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Trees & Pumpkin Patch

Find the perfect pumpkin from minis to giants. The patch is located in Ventura at the Pacific View Mall (near Target). Enjoy activities for the kids and photo opportunities.  Besides pumpkins, you can also pick up ornamental items including gourds, Indian corn and hay bales.  Also available are carving kits, candles and stencils.

Dates: October 1 – October 31, 10am to 9pm (Closing 6pm Halloween Day)
Location: 4075 Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA
Admission is Free

23 Free Pumpkin-Carving Stencils of Your Favorite Dog Breeds

Next stop at the grocery store when you pick up the pumpkin for your porch remember your fur kids grab one for them too! Check out ideas from http://www.bhg.com:

This Halloween, carve a dog breed pumpkin that looks just like your pup with our free dog pumpkin carving patterns. Let your friends and neighbors know which dog breed is best by carving a Halloween pumpkin that looks like your favorite canine with these easy pumpkin carving ideas. Get our free Dachshund, Labrador Retriever, Pug, and other dog pumpkin stencils, and get more ideas for sweet faces to carve!

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Border Collie Pumpkin


border collie with carved pumpkin

Border Collies are a crowd favorite (I mean, look at those eyes!) and a Border Collie pumpkin carving is no exception. Sweeten up your outdoor Halloween decor with this adorable puppy pumpkin carving project.

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Boston Terrier Pumpkin


boston terrier with carved pumpkin

This furry companion deserves his own pumpkin! A Boston Terrier pumpkin carving is easily one of our favorite Halloween stencil ideas.

Editor’s Tip: Make this dog pumpkin carving stencil your own by adding little details like shaded patches of fur, whiskers, or even a carved tag.

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Schnauzer Pumpkin


schnauzer with carved pumpkin

The accentuated whiskers on this Schnauzer pumpkin carving make for a perfect replica. This festive pumpkin carving is one of the best ways to cheerfully greet trick-or-treaters as they come up the driveway on Halloween night.

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Labrador Retriever Pumpkin


labrador retriever with carved pumpkin

A perfect pumpkin carving idea for kids this Labrador Retriever pumpkin carving will make anyone smile. Try carving this lab dog pumpkin stencil with just a few simple tools.

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Beagle Pumpkin


beagle with carved pumpkin

Does it get any cuter than this Beagle pumpkin carving? We don’t think so. If you’re feeling really creative, try carving multiple Beagle pumpkins for a “litter” of darling carved pumpkins.

 Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils of Favorite Cat Breeds

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Boxer Pumpkin


boxer with carved pumpkin

There’s nothing spooky about this jack-o’-lantern. Boxers are one of the most popular dog breeds, and this boxer pumpkin carving is what your Halloween-decorated porch needs—puppy dog eyes, and all.

Editor’s Tip: The key to this Boxer pumpkin carving is the shading. Use a variety of tools and pressure to achieve the look.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Pumpkin


cavalier king charles spaniels with carved pumpkin

This dog stencil reminds us of some of our favorite furry friends! The floppy ears on this Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pumpkin carving are our favorite part about it.

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German Shepherd Pumpkin


german shepherd with carved pumpkin

These brown and black pups are one of the most loyal dog breeds, and this replica is almost too good. We’re wagging our tails at this German Shepherd pumpkin carving. They even got the tongue right!

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Chihuahua Pumpkin


chihuahua with carved pumpkin

Do you have puppy fever? This free Chihuahua pumpkin stencil will suppress those feelings (well, maybe). It’ll make for an adorable fall decor piece, that’s for sure!

 43 Free Pumpkin Stencils for Your Best Jack-o’-Lanterns Yet

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Cocker Spaniel Pumpkin


cocker spaniel with carved pumpkin

Man’s best friend doesn’t get much better than this. Try this Cocker Spaniel pumpkin carving this year for furry delight.

Editor’s Tip: These dog pumpkin carvings make fun fall gifts! Create one for a friend and they’ll love displaying a sweet token to their furry friend.

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Golden Retriever Pumpkin


golden retriever with carved pumpkin

As one of the most popular family dogs, Golden Retrievers are known for being incredibly friendly and happy. This pooch is just as happy about his own Golden Retriever pumpkin carving as we are. His smile sure shows it!

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Pomeranian Pumpkin


pomeranian pumpkin

This Pomeranian pumpkin is one of our favorite easy pumpkin carving ideas. Try out the Pomeranian pumpkin carving this year for an adorable Halloween treat.

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Jack Russell Terrier Pumpkin


jack russell terrier with carved pumpkin

This furry pup is ready for her beauty shot. Dog or cat person, you definitely need to try a Jack Russell Terrier pumpkin carving in your Halloween display this year. Seriously, how cute is this pup?

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Scottish Terrier Pumpkin


scottish terrier with carved pumpkin

This Scottish Terrier pumpkin carving will make for the cutest jack-o-lantern in the neighborhood. Since this pup’s whiskers are so detailed, most of this design is made by scraping the outer orange shell, rather than actually carving. With the right pumpkin carving tools, this face is so easy to recreate.

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Dachshund Pumpkin Stencil


dachshund with carved pumpkin

Hot dog! This pumpkin carved to look like a Dachshund pup is the cutest way to share your pet portrait. Whether you have a dog or not, this Dachshund pumpkin carving is sure to attract trick-or-treaters.

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German Shorthaired Pointer Pumpkin


german shorthair pointer carved pumpkin

This German Shorthaired Pointer pumpkin carving stencil is paws-itively one of our favorites. Light a candle inside and show it off on your front porch.

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Doberman Pinscher Pumpkin


doberman pinscher with carved pumpkin

This Doberman Pinscher pumpkin carving will guard your front porch—with cuteness! We’d give this good boy a trick-or-(dog)treat.

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Pug Stencil


pug with carved pumpkin

This pup stands with pride over his own Pug pumpkin carving. And we don’t blame him—we’re itching to get our hands on some carving tools to make this cute Pug pumpkin!

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Rottweiler Pumpkin


rottweiler carved halloween pumpkin

Add this one to our list of favorite pumpkin-carving ideas. This Rottweiler pumpkin carving can’t be passed up this Halloween.

Editor’s Tip: Size your dog pumpkin stencil to fit any pumpkin.

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Poodle Pumpkin


poodle with carved pumpkin

Smile for the camera! This model-worthy pooch is proud of his own Poodle pumpkin carving.

Editor’s Tip: Since a Poodle’s curly fur can be tricky to carve, focus on getting the face and ear shapes just right instead.

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Shih Tzu Pumpkin


shih tzu with carved pumpkin

Trick-or-treaters will gawk at this oh-so-adorable Shih Tzu pumpkin carving. Add fun embellishments to this dog pumpkin carving like bows and hair accents—just use a long sewing pin to attach them to the pumpkin.

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Siberian Husky Pumpkin


siberian husky with carved pumpkin

The shading on the snout of this Siberian Husky pumpkin carving makes it look so realistic. Place this pumpkin on your front steps for a warm welcome.

 31 Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas

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Yorkshire Terrier Pumpkin


Yorkshire Terrier carved pumpkin stencil with Yorkie model

Our free pumpkin carving pattern will show you how to get the shading on this adorable tiny pooch just right. The Yorkshire Terrier pumpkin carving stencil looks complicated, but it’s pretty easy to recreate!

25 Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas for the Best Jack-o’-Lanterns on the Block

SOURCE: https://www.bhg.com/halloween/pumpkin-decorating/easy-pumpkin-carving-ideas/

The market is full of pumpkins now and everyone knows why, so here are lots plenty of great ideas. Thank you http://www.bhg.com running out to get a few pumpkins now:

Carve your own funny, scary, or beautiful pumpkin carvings this Halloween. Your whole family will find plenty to love about these easy pumpkin carving ideas. We have everything from kid-friendly (and easy!) smiling carved faces to gorgeous carved pumpkin monograms for your front entryway. Plus, our free pumpkin carving stencils make these designs super easy to create!

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Peek-a-Boo Barn

Hollowed-out pumpkin with cow and pig farm scene

This farm-inspired pumpkin is all about using your imagination. Carve out a barn-shaped opening and fill it with mini bales of straw and wee gourd animals. The no-carve cow and pic come to life using outdoor acrylic paint, felt, and glue—customize them to look like your favorite critters. Turn kids loose with supplies, and they’re sure to fashion an entire farmyard menagerie.

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Cheese-and-Mice Pumpkin

Yellow pumpkin carved to look like cheese with mice

The little ones will get a kick out of the cheeky (and cheesy!) pumpkin carving idea for kids. Simply coat a real or faux pumpkin with soft yellow paint, drill a few different-sized holes, and add plastic mice in various stages of entering and leaving. For safety, use battery-operated candles for illumination.

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Twilight Express

Four pumpkins with train carving and paintings

Choo–choo, choose pumpkins of a similar size and shape. Cut out wheels and windows, then paint the train cars. This cute-as-pie idea is more freight than fright—what a delight!

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Frankenstein Face Pumpkin


Fall décor with carved Frankenstein pumpkin

Create a Frankenstein monster that’s goofy and fun to carve. Our free pumpkin carving stencil makes this pumpkin pattern easy and fun for all ages. A pumpkin carving knife is the only tool you’ll need to get this stencil cut into your pumpkin.

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Bat Attack

Pumpkins carved to look like bats

Felt wings and ears secured with toothpicks transform petite pumpkins into wicked-cute bats. Etch out the eyes, then stick red sewing pins through the center of each to create beady stares. A coat of black paint on the bodies makes the eyes appear to glow even during the day.

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Zombie Pumpkin Stencil


hand from grave carved into pumpkin

Walking Dead fans rejoice—we’ve got the best free pumpkin stencil for you. Create a creepy zombie hand with a lit background for a shaded and spooky design. Use a lumpy and bumpy pumpkin to complete the undead look.

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Cute Owl Pumpkin


Pumpkin with owl carving

This owl pumpkin design is anything but scary! The details of this free pumpkin stencil include leaves, flowers, and polka dots. Use a drill and traditional carving tools to bring this free pumpkin design to life.

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Smiling Jack-o’-Lantern


carved pumpkin silly smiling face

Carve your biggest pumpkin with a broad, goofy smile to greet trick-or-treaters as they walk up to your front porch. This classic jack-o’-lantern just has four easy shapes, so you’ll have a festive outdoor display completed in no time.

Editor’s tip: Rub Vaseline on the carved areas of your pumpkin to make it last longer.

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Dragon Pumpkin


Pumpkin with dragon carving

This dragon pumpkin design breathes fire, which looks almost real once a candle is placed inside. This design plays with a mix of scraping and total carving for different amounts of light in different shapes.

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Deer Pumpkin Stencil


deer carving on pumpkin on steps during Halloween

This easy deer pumpkin doesn’t require any actual carving at all! First, transfer the stencil design to the surface of your pumpkin, then use an etching tool from a pumpkin carving tool kit to etch around the silhouette of the deer. Light the pumpkin from the inside for a subtle spooky glow when you’re done.

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Traditional Pumpkins with a Twist

Carved pumpkins sitting on table

One easy way to pump up a traditional pumpkin—forget the orange and try a colorful gourd instead. Here, a green pumpkin transforms a traditional triangle face and crooked grin into an eye-catching focal point.

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Angry Face Pumpkin


White pumpkin with scary face carving

This angry pumpkin has teeth, pupils, and wobbly eyebrows, creating a festive and spooky decoration. Use a pumpkin saw and our free pumpkin carving template to get the look for your front entryway this fall. Don’t forget to put a small votive candle inside to illuminate the face.

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Flame Pumpkin Stencils


pumpkin fire pit log frame

Whether you’re carving the flame emoji on a single pumpkin or assembling a DIY pumpkin bonfire, we’ve got several free flame-shape stencils to choose from. You only need a big carving knife and a spoon to scoop out the insides for this easy pumpkin carving idea.

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Easy Pumpkin Trio


Three carved pumpkins on stairs

A new twist on traditional pumpkin carving comes courtesy of this loveable trio of pumpkin ideas. Monster-inspired but without the scary edge, these easy pumpkin carving designs are a perfect complement to good-natured seasonal decorating. Create one or group them together to spice up your front entry for trick-or-treaters.

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Grinning Pumpkin Grouping

Group of carved pumpkins on hay

If you have multiple carvers in your household, these silly pumpkin carving ideas are perfect. Each person can create a unique design. This grouping is forgiving of any flaws, with wide grins, big eyes, and goofy expressions—try one or all of our ideas for pumpkin faces to carve.

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Monogrammed Pumpkins

Three pumpkins with H carving on black chair

To make these pretty monogrammed Halloween pumpkins, decide whether you want to use the initial of your family name or the initials of each family member’s first name. Then, let each person pick their own pumpkin in various colors and sizes. Keeping all in the same font will give your family pumpkins Weasley-sweater vibes. You can print letters in different fonts to mix things up; trace them onto pumpkins and carve or gouge them out.

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Pumpkin Luminarias

small carved jack-o-lanterns hanging from hooks

Light up your walkway for trick-or-treaters this Halloween with miniature pumpkin luminarias. Small-to-midsize pumpkins work perfectly for this easy carving idea. Hang a series of these carved faces along a sidewalk using heavy-gauge wire and black shepherd’s hooks. Skip the candles and use battery-operated lights instead.

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Laughing Pumpkin


Pumpkins with face carving and candle

Your littlest ones will love the good-natured vibe of this easy pumpkin carving idea. The simple pattern makes it easy to cut out the crooked teeth, oversize nose, and expressive eyebrows. For long-lasting light, consider battery-operated candles.

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Sly Vampire


sly vampire carved pumpkin with faux ravens

This smiling vampire stencil could seem scary at first, but he’s a friendly, funny monster: just look at that grin! This vampire pumpkin is all fun and games with a hooked nose and dramatic eyebrows. To make this vampire, simply use our stencil as a guide.

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Ghost Emoji Stencil


Black pumpkin with emoji ghost carving

Boo, we see you! For this emoji pumpkin carving idea, don’t use just any ghost—use your favorite emoji instead! A playful emoji ghost will make a haunting accent for your Halloween home. Bonus: Our ghost stencil is perfect for pumpkin decorators who would rather etch than carve their designs.

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Flower-Power Pumpkins

Two carved pumpkins with flowers

Take an easy pumpkin carving pattern, add flowers and greenery, and voila: floral-enhanced jack-o’-lanterns! Happy faces are quick to carve, and cheery colors add a light and bright touch to this autumn duo. Attach accents with pins, toothpicks, or glue for adorable smiling pumpkins.

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Pumpkin House Numbers

Outdoor stacked pumpkins that have the numbers "142"

This easy pumpkin carving idea is a great way to welcome visitors to your home this Halloween season. Start by removing the stems from the pumpkins (except for the top one). Trace number stencils onto pumpkins using a crafts knife, then chisel the pumpkin skin out of the stenciled numbers, revealing the lighter pumpkin flesh beneath.

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Pumpkin for the Birds


Smiling pumpkin on pedestal crows

Your kids will have fun helping pick out accents for this easy pumpkin carving idea. Transfer the pattern onto a pumpkin and cut it out. Make sure to cut the lid with a zigzag edge. Wind wire around the feet of artificial crows and position them as desired. Poke the wire ends into the pumpkin to secure the birds in place (you also could use fake mice or rats as other seasonal accents).

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Mice Stencils


Pumpkin with three carved mice

Give your cat pumpkin something to chase. Complete your pumpkin display with a fun scattering of mice using our free printable pumpkin carving stencils. Group multiple mice on one large pumpkin or carve individual pumpkins for more flexibility in the final arrangement.

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Drilled-Face Pumpkins

Three pumpkins carved with drill holes

Make quick work of easy pumpkin carving with everyone’s favorite tool: a drill. Start with a quick sketch of your design and use a drill with a small bit to create evenly spaced holes on the pumpkin. Tuck in a strand of LED lights for constant illumination.