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Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas: 6 Designs That Will Dress Up Your Front Porch

Halloween is just days away, and it's time to hunker down with your pumpkins and get carving! We love traditional spooky-scary designs like witches, bats, and the Twilight logo (duh!), but let's mix things this year with seriously gorgeous gourds. We've rounded up our five favorite show-stopping pumpkins, which put an elegant spin on the scariest night of the year.

Credit: Wit and Whistle    

1. Chevron Pumpkin
Chevron stripes are popular in home decor and in fashion, so why not feature them on your pumpkin? This design from Wit and Whistle (pictured) is so easy, you don't even need a template. Just get carving!

2. Thorny Vines
Check out this chic-yet-spooky pumpkin design from Country Living. They took their inspiration from a whimsical china plate, and etched out just the surface of their pumpkin's skin. If you want your vines to glow, make a hole in the back of the pumpkin that's big enough to fit a candle — that way you don't have to remove the top.

3. Goodnight Moon
Like Thorny Vines, this pumpkin has a hole at the back instead of a lid at the top. It's a great one to carve with your kids, and will probably remind them of the childhood classic "Goodnight Moon" (one of our faves!). For instructions about how to carve this beauty, check out Disney Family Fun.

4. Vine-and-Leaf
Leave it up to Martha Stewart to turn a pumpkin into a jaw-dropping work of art, sigh. Luckily, you can recreate Martha's delicate and elegant vines at home thanks to an easy printable template! Get carving, All Hallows Eve-rs.

Credit: Eddie Ross    

5. Polka Dot Pumpkins
We love the polka dotted pumpkins featured at Eddie Ross. These cute-as-can-be pumpkins were made using a simple electric drill — who knew? If you want to make these pumpkins with your kiddos, make sure you supervise them with the drilling... and wear goggles to avoid an eye-full of pumpkin innards!

6. Haunt
Looking for something spooky-yet-stylish? Check out this "Haunt" pumpkin from Sunset Magazine — we love the creepy owl and beautiful flying leaves! This design might look complicated, but Sunset has an easy template for you to print. Boo!

BONUS: Nail Head Pumpkins
Ok, ok, we know these nail head pumpkins aren't carved, but we couldn't resist adding them to our roundup! Simply buy a few inexpensive upholstery tacks (which are sort of like jumbo-sized thumb tacks), and make them into patterns, letters, or numbers. You can even spell out "Happy Halloween!" Get the how-to at My Home Ideas.

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10.25.2012 / 03:54 AM EDT by Mehera Bonner
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