Get your carving set ready! If you like a Zombie theme for Halloween, it can be a challenge to carve a Jack-O-Lantern worthy of the name. Here are some ideas for creating a super-creepy Halloween decoration. We’ve rounded up ideas on how to make a zombie pumpkin. Not a children’s activity, they require some time and careful carving. But definitely worth the effort!
Ray Villafane is a master monster pumpkin carver! The Wall Street Journal calls him “The Picasso of Pumpkin Carving” – high praise, indeed. Via Pumpkinheadz products, Ray offers detailed videos, tutorials and specialty carving tools for intricate designs, including zombies. Check out his Pumpkinheadz gallery and be amazed – sweet dreams!
The Stylish Geek did a five-day, five-pumpkin challenge to make creepy pumpkin centerpieces for a wedding. (Yes, a wedding!) Read her story and enjoy photos of the process – including making room in the frig to keep the monsters cool as cucumbers.
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Enjoy the outrageously creepy? Randommization shows you some amazing examples of what one can do with a pumpkin and a blade. There are no instructions here – just pumpkin carvings that must be seen to be believed!
If you need to brush up on your basic carving skills, Fortune of the Zombie Pumpkins has a detailed tutorial with tips on pattern transfer, fine tuning, preservation and lighting. There is a shop with patterns if you are not up to creating your own zombie.
Paulo Machado is another inspiring pumpkin sculptor. Paulo is very connected to his work and puts a bit of himself into each stroke, especially the pumpkins he carves for charity.
See Paulo in action demonstrating his 3-D pumpkin carving technique in this YouTube video.
Check out all of our Halloween ideas on Create Whimsy!