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Halloween is almost upon us, and I think after the last few years we all could use some ways to make some fun of our fears, right? We want to really go all out for Halloween this year, with some super easy but scary jack-o-lantern faces that anyone can carve!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a chance to simply laugh at all those things that go bump in the night?

So gather up the scooper and the scrapers, make sure your pumpkin knives are ready to go… these faces will be almost as much fun to carve as they will be to display!

Check out these carving tips to help you take all these ideas and turn them into front porch fright mongers… Use newspaper, paper bags, something you can spread over the area and throw away later.

You need a serrated knife or pumpkin carving kit, a sturdy large spoon or scooper, a marker and a candle. You can remove most marker with rubbing alcohol if you make a mistake.

It’s easy to get off track and to cut your lid way larger than you intended, taking up space for your design. Angle the knife 45 degrees inward as you cut, so that when you replace the lid, it will not fall into the pumpkin. Make your pumpkin last by rubbing the cut edges with petroleum jelly. You can also spray the pumpkin daily with water mixed with a few drops of bleach to ward off rotting.

If you live in a warm climate, clear a space in the frig for the jack-o-lantern at night. These classic scary Halloween pumpkins are super easy. Making the lines look more like flames adds a super spooky dimension.

If you want to find out the origin of the jack-o-lantern and a little Halloween history, jump on over to ‘Parade‘. It’s the shape and size of this pumpkin that makes the scary jack-o-lantern face a little different from the others. Kind of gives it that “rabid werewolf baring teeth” feeling, doesn’t it?

Need a twist to make your scary jack-o-lantern face just little reptilian or dragon like? This would be a great one to have candles lit around the jack-o-lantern as well as inside, to illuminate and bring focus to the texture of the scales.

If you want to get yourself a jack-o-lantern face template or pumpkin carving kit, check out these…

These stainless steel jack-o-lantern face stencils eliminate the need for knives. Finally, if you are looking for scary jack-o-lantern face templates to help you create the perfect design, check out this set at ‘Amazon‘. So if you are looking for easy but scary jack-o-lantern faces to carve into those pumpkins this year, we hope we got you feeling inspired!

Jump on over to our posts on How to Make a Halloween Graveyard and then 11 Ideas for Pretty Pumpkins over at OhMeOhMy. And if you are looking to get that yard decked out for the scary season, check out Front Porch & Outdoor Halloween Decorations and Pumpkin Carving with a Drill over at TGG!

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