28 Geeky Jack-o-Lanterns You Can Carve This Halloween

Joel Lee 21-10-2014

The season of spooks has snuck up on us, but there’s still time to carve out your pumpkins if you haven’t done so already. Last year we brought you 14 awesome jack-o-lantern ideas 14 Awesome Jack-o'-Lanterns You Should Be Carving For Halloween Halloween is upon us, and if you haven't carved your Jack-o'-lantern by now, what's wrong with you?! Read More to help you express your geeky side. Well, this year we’ve got 28 more ideas for you to explore.


If you’ve never put knife to pumpkin before, why not give it a try this year? It’s a ton of fun and easier than you think. Just make sure you keep safety in mind and you’ll be all right.

How To Carve A Jack-o-Lantern

The carving process can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours depending on the complexity of the piece. Don’t leave it to the last minute. Set aside more than enough time, take it slow, and enjoy the activity. You can even have a scary TV show 15 Scary TV Shows to Binge-Watch Over Halloween What better way to anticipate Halloween than by binge-watching scary TV shows on your favorite streaming service? Read More or horror movies on Netflix The 10 Best Horror Movies to Watch on Netflix Here are the best horror films to watch on Netflix. They're perfect for Halloween, but entertaining throughout the year as well! Read More running in the background to set the mood. The end product is just a bonus!

Necessary tools: While it’s possible to carve a pumpkin with nothing more than a hefty knife, you’ll make life easier for yourself if you can acquire a few supplementary tools.


Clay ribbon tools are extremely convenient. The larger ones help when you need to shave large sections of pumpkin rind while the smaller ones are great for intricate details. However, pumpkins are tougher than clay so skip the thin wire tools in favor of ones with thicker, flatter heads.



Selecting a pumpkin: While size is completely up to you, do make sure to pick one that’s heavy and firm. Heavier is better as it usually means you have more rind to work with. Long green stems indicate that the pumpkin is fresh, but soft spots and discoloration could be signs of spoilage. You do not want to carve a rotten pumpkin.


Cleaning the pumpkin: Cut out a section from the top to expose the pumpkin’s guts. Separate the veins and pulp from the rind, then scoop them out using your hands or a scooper. Scrape it all off if you can. While gutting isn’t necessary, it does make it easier down the road when you want to light your finished jack-o-lantern.


Now that your pumpkin is ready, go ahead and carve it using one of these geeky ideas! We’ve loosely arranged them by difficulty, starting with the easiest first.

Basic Pumpkin Ideas


Pumpkin Pi

Some might call it old and cliched. We think it’s a classic.


Pumpkin RSS Feed

The colors even match!



The Mac-o-Lantern

A perfect carving for every $1000 pumpkin out there.


Doctor Who Pumpkin

Simple idea for fans of the show.



The 24 Pumpkin

Time is running out.


Half-Life Pumpkin

Still waiting for Half-Life 3? Here’s something to pass the time.


Pumpkins of Westeros

First comes Halloween, then comes Winter.





Creeper Peek Pumpkin

Oddly fitting for the season.


Superman Pumpkin

Even pumpkins can be heroes.


Spiderman Pumpkin

If you want something more advanced, you’ll love this one with a climbing Spiderman.


Triforce Pumpkin

For Zelda fans who want something a little more sophisticated.


Thinking In Pumpkins

Portal is still alive.


Pumpkin Star Kirby

Who doesn’t love Kirby?


Pikachu Pumpkin

If Pikachu proves too hard to carve, that’s what the Poké Ball is for.


League of Legends Pumpkin

A pumpkin for the most popular PC game in the world.


Darth Vader Pumpkin

Geekiness at its best.


Big Boo Pumpkin

You’ll be fine as long as you don’t look away.


Me Gusta Pumpkin

Simply terrifying.


Pumpkin Companion Cube

It will never let you down.


Batman Pumpkin

Who says pumpkin carving can’t be art?


Pumpkin of Witchcraft & Wizardry

Want to kick it up a notch? Wear a witch or wizard costume.


Sauron’s Pumpkin

If you want your pumpkin to impress, this is how you do it.

Advanced Pumpkin Ideas

Computer Pumpkin

Turn your pumpkin into a robotic computer.


Fully playable Tetris on a pumpkin using LEDs for display.

Pumpkin Pi Redux

Spooky flashing pumpkin using Raspberry Pi.

Battlestar Cylon Pumpkin

A cylon from Battlestar Galactica made with an Arduino.

Fire Breathing Pumpkin

Watch out!

For More Ideas, Try Jack-O-Lantern Templates

The traditional triangle eyed pumpkin does its job loyally, but our geekier side craves variety. If none of the above designs satisfy you, browse through more free pumpkin carving templates. Sites like…

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Have you seen any other awesome looking geeky pumpkins? Share them with us in the comments!

Image Credit: Clay Tools Via Shutterstock, Pumpkin Field Via Shutterstock, Pumpkin Guts Via Shutterstock

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    October 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    These rule! They should all enter the Geek Girl Pen Pals Club pumpkin carving contest!

  2. Leopardmask
    October 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Better portal pumpkin: One side of the porch has guy going into portal, other side has guy coming out of portal.
    Also, I'm planning a Spiritomb pumpkin this year.

    • Joel Lee
      October 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      The Spiritomb idea sounds promising. Are you using a pattern/tutorial? Or will you be doing it on your own?