By Yerin Kim
Updated: Sep 28, 2017 @ 2:52 pm
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The only thing more exciting than planning your costume leading up to Halloween is decorating your place with some festive décor, and the pumpkin usually steals the show. To carve a little extra character into an ordinary gourd, have fun with it! Goofy, frightening, adorable—your options are endless and though you can't go wrong with the classic smiling jack-o'-lantern, your neighbors will just be that much more impressed if you spice things up by adding a creative spin. 

From Tinkerbell to Game of Thrones houses, we rounded up these inventive pumpkin carving ideas to spark your creativity. Whether you're a Hello Kitty fan, or an ominous skull is more your speed, there's an idea for everyone.

And though some of these wild designs look tricky to create, the process of jazzing up your Halloween decor is sure to be a fun all-day activity with the kids, so take out your carving tools and check out the amazing handiwork below.

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Get ready to impress (and maybe even scare) your neighbors with these unique decorations. 

Butterfly

Moth pumpkin carving DIY via Martha Stewart . . . #pumpkin #pumpkincarving #moth #halloween #fall #autumn #halloweendiy #gothichomedecor #witch #witchy #blackmagic #blackmagickingdom

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Skull

2017 sugar skull pumpkin. I have like 4 more of these to do. Each one ends up being a little different :) #sugarskull #diadelosmuertos #halloween #pumpkincarving #foampumpkin #wunderkins #pumpkins #artsandcrafts #fallseason

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Hello Kitty

Supernatural or Hello Kitty fans? Boom. Combined! #hellokitty #supernatural #GetTheSalt • • • • • #demons #angels #sam #dean #winchesterbrothers #winchester #meow #halloween #fall #artwork #pumpkin #foampumpkin #crafts #wunderkins

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Giraffe

My giraffe carving on a 343 pound giant pumpkin for Jack Hanna's Fall Fest at the @columbus_zoo . . . #ohio #pumpkincarving #pumpkin #giantpumpkin #sculpture #discoverohio #pictureohio #asseenincolumbus #614 #cbus #columbusoh #columbusohio #expcols #columbuszoo #jackhanna #giraffe

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Tarot Card

Had to reshare my Death Tarot Card pumpkin from last year. Before I got back into jewelry after a long hiatus, I taught myself to draw. Which lead to several years of creating illustrative work and finding one of my truest loves, relief carving. The process is tedious and stressful, one mistake and it's all over. I've always enjoyed a challenge and though free time these days for me is rare it's amazing to look back on old works. What pumpkin to do this year I wonder 🤔

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Jack-O-Lantern

Why was the pumpkin afraid to cross the road?... it had no guts!! 🤷🏻‍♂️ I've been setting up some simple Halloween decorations today 🎃

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Haunted House

Nu hvor Halloween er overstået fik jeg endelig tid til at få mit sidste græskar lavet 🙈 Now Halloween is over, I finally had the time to finish my last pumpkin 🙈 #græskar #græskarlygte #græskarudskæring #spøgelseshus #søndagshygge #pumpkin #pumpkincarving #carvedpumpkin #hauntedhouse #sundayfun

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Tinkerbell

Happy Halloween!🎃🎃 The best pumpkin ever! My beautiful disney pumpkin @lewis__harris helped me make yesterday! ( well he did and i carved out😂) Thank you bub! #halloween #bestpumpkinever #pumpkin #pumpkincarving #disney #tinkerbell #festive #halloweenfun

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I Love You

❤ #carvedpumpkins #November2016 #pumpkinseedsfordays #pumpkinseedsforever #anyexcuse #Autumn2016 #i❤you

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Game of Thrones Houses

|✍🏼️•31'10'16. • This is so cool! 😍 Happy halloween! 🎃

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|✍🏼️•31'10'16. • This is so cool! 😍 Happy halloween! 🎃

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Superhero Symbols

2016 carvings were simple compared to last year #halloween #carvedpumpkins

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2016 carvings were simple compared to last year #halloween #carvedpumpkins

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Flowers

Another pretty pumpkin ☺ Aurora xo #carvedpumpkins #pumpkin #halloween🎃 #trickortreat #carveouttimeforart

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Another pretty pumpkin ☺ Aurora xo #carvedpumpkins #pumpkin #halloween🎃 #trickortreat #carveouttimeforart

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Stranger Things

Last night, @jakeburstein and I #carvedpumpkins inspired by my favorite @netflix show, #strangerthings! Pretty happy with how they turned out. #halloween #jakedidmostofit #ihelped #netflix #netflixoriginalseries #tired #carvingtil1am

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Charlie Brown

The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns #pomonafairplex #keepingupwiththekarpetskys #halloween #riseofthejackolanterns #carvedpumpkins #jackolanterns #peanuts

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Mario + Luigi 

Super Mario Bros. 🎃🎃🙌🏼 #carvedpumpkins #supermariobros #Mario & #Luigi #halloweentime #sofun @bia_insta13

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Super Mario Bros. 🎃🎃🙌🏼 #carvedpumpkins #supermariobros #Mario & #Luigi #halloweentime #sofun @bia_insta13

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