Love it or hate it, Halloween is well and truly on its way. It's the time of year where thosaunds dress up as their favourite scary character and pumpkins adorn homes across the world. But not all pumpkin carvings are created equal – and these examples have truly blown our minds...
01. Walking Dead
Want to make a bold design statement this Halloween? You could do worse than be inspired by the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, aka Brooklyn-based artists Marc Evan and Chris Soria. Maniac Pumpkin Carvers is a full creative art studio that specialises in elaborate pumpkin art, and have clients including Honda, Yahoo, and the BBC.
02. The Scream
Whilst many Halloween enthusiasts will be carving silly faces, kooky characters and pop icons into their pumpkins, this creator decided to go down a more artistic route. Producing a brilliant homage to Edvard Munch's 'The Scream', we're sure this number took a heck of a long time to complete!
Michigan based Ray Villafane and his team of professional sculptors carve pumpkins using spoons and scalpels to create these detailed sculpts. Each takes about two hours to complete, with the team recreating characters such as Gizmo and IT in pumpkin flesh. Creepy and inspiring all at the same time!
04. Haunted castle
The full glory of a pumpkin design is never quite realised until a candle is placed inside. This is certainly the case for this haunted castle design, with its intricate carvings of windows, bats and an almost 3D feel. The huge moon in the background really makes this one.
05. Bored squash
We know we're cheating a little here, as this bored looking face wasn't actually carved from a pumpkin. It was etched into a squash and was created by Ray Villafane and his team. Come on - you didn't expect us to include just one of his designs?!
06. Death Star
A pumpkin design for all you Star Wars fans out there! This brilliantly simple depiction of the Death Star has been carved carefully into this pumpkin - making it a welcome addition to any sci-fi and fantasy enthusiast's abode.
Less scary and more scrumptious, this fun burger creation was designed by Fredo Alvarez. "Our office held a mini-contest to determine which pumpkin would go into the building-wide competition. There were about eight or nine entries, and my department's entry won both contests. Everything in our entry was edible, too!" he explains.
This Hollywood-themed pumpkin bores caricatures of Morgan Freeman, Marilyn Monroe and Tom Cruise at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo. "Basically, what we put on here is an illuminated art show set to music,” explains founder John Reckner.
A beautifully crafted animal creation with this pumpkin design. We can't get over the amazing attention to detail with this one - from the carefully placed wrinkles to the wholly realistic eyes. Notice the 3D aspect of the trunk too!
There are plenty of superhero pumpkin designs out there but we have to say that this crawling Spider-man impressed us the most! Looking like he's crawling from the top of the pumpkin, the attention to detail with his web-like costume makes this a winner at Creative Bloq.
11. Game of Thrones
Another television inspired pumpkin design with this awesome Game of Thrones opening credit creation. The pattern work with this one must have taken a bucket load of patience, with the carefully etched wolf silhouettes proving wholly inspirational.
We love this modern take on the traditional cat pumpkin carving designs. The detailed leaves and branches give a whole new aspect to the usual kitty offerings, with the cat's fur even becoming more detailed the closer you look.
13. Face off
Okay, okay. We know this is another Ray Villafane pumpkin design but just look at it! The detail, the character design and the use of a larger pumpkin is just mind-blowing. Who knew turning a pumpkin on its side could look so good?
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Have you seen an inspiring pumpkin design? Let us know in the comments box below!