14 Happy Pumpkin Faces Carving Ideas

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The House That Lars Built

Why are happy pumpkin faces so popular? Well, with a happy jack-o'-lantern, you don't have to worry about giving the neighborhood kids nightmares. Not only that, a cheerful pumpkin carving might make you smile more than a ghoulish one.

These goofy pumpkin faces don't take Halloween too seriously. Scroll through for some genuinely uplifting, light-hearted, and funny pumpkin face ideas. These are mostly carving ideas, but there are a few no-carve options to consider.

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    Adhere Cute Felt Faces

    happy cat and bat pumpkin

    Lia Griffith

    This pumpkin face idea is easy and fun to complete with young children because there are no sharp objects involved. To prep for this project, cut out various felt eyes, noses, and mouths. Let your children pick out their favorites and create a face like they would on Mr. Potato Head. For more details, head on over to the tutorial from Lia Griffith.

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    Create Large, Innocent Looking Eyes

    happy looking pumpkin carving

    Rohan Reddy / Unsplash 

    The key to a believable happy pumpkin face is in the expression. You don't need to be a master carver to come up with a simple and easy pumpkin carving that looks blissfully happy, too. For this face, make the eyes big and doey-eyed. Carve the ovals out so that the interior of the holes are facing slightly inward.

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    Paint On a Goofy Face with Glasses

    painted pumpkin face

    Jon Tyson / Unsplash

    The idea of a pumpkin wearing glasses is a bit silly. However, glasses are much more difficult to carve. If you're not up for the challenge, grab some acrylic paint and doodle a funny face onto your pumpkin with a paintbrush. Don't give the face too much thought because that can take some of the fun and spontaneity out of the process.

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    Carve Out a Happy Bunny

    happy bunny pumpkin carving

    Maddy Baker / Unsplash

    There are hundreds if not thousands of pumpkin stencils you can buy or download online. When you're looking for something happy and light for Halloween, seek out patterns with innocent, happy animals. A bunny is going to go over much better than a fierce lion.

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    Give the Pumpkin Ears and Eyebrows

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    Viviana Rishe / Unsplash

    A basic jack-o-lantern can look scary by default. However, the classic pumpkin face is the easiest to carve out without a pattern. Don't forget that small details make a big difference. If you want your jack-o-lantern to look more uplifting and kid-like, consider adding some unexpected features like large ears and squiggly eyebrows.

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    Make the Smile Overly Large

    large mouth pumpkin

    Persia Lou

    One tip to make your pumpkin seem overly happy is to make the mouth overly large. A large mouth is a happy, smiling mouth. In this case, Persia Lou took this pumpkin project to the next level by turning the pumpkin into a candy bowl. Check out the post for more details.

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    Keep the Expression Simple Yet Excited

    expressive happy pumpkin

    Dan Gold / Unsplash 

    For this pumpkin carving, the mouth is carved in the shape of a slightly downturned watermelon slice. The eyes are small and uniform and the eyebrows are overly large, spread out wide, and are slightly downturned. These small adjustments in the face make it look like the pumpkin is happy and surprised.

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    Use Squinting Eyes to Mimic Laughter

    laughing pumpkin jackolantern carving

    Bekir Dönmez / Unsplash

    Think about what your eyes look like when you're laughing uncontrollably. For most people, they start squinting in an asymmetrical fashion. The pumpkin on the left looks like i'ts laughing and that is because the eyes are squinty with one that is slightly more squinty than the other.

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    Draw on Some Cute Eyelashes

    cute pumpkin face decoration

    Homey Oh My 

    You don't even need to have a mouth to have a happy, peaceful looking pumpkin. All you need are some unicorn-like eyelashes and some whimsical eucalyptus horns to make these cute mini pumpkins. Grab some craft paint and head on over to Homey Oh My for more information.

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    Make the Pumpkin Wink

    Glowing jack-o'-lanterns

    Beth Teutschmann / Unsplash

    Some pumpkins are basic and that's okay. However, if you want to add an interesting (but easy) element to a jack-o-lantern, consider making him wink like your favorite emoji. The end result is just different enough to get onlookers attention. Another aspect of this pumpkin face to consider copying is the mouth shape. Notice that one side of the mouth is slightly wider and higher than the other. This almost half-smile to one side makes sense with the wink.

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    Add Some Silly Light Up Eyes

    silly happy pumpkin carving

    Skip to My Lou

    Follow along with this tutorial if you want to cut down on your carving time but still want to have a hollowed-out, somewhat carved pumpkin. The addition of the lighted googly eyes makes this happy pumpkin face especially silly looking.

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    Experiment with Different Mouth Shapes

    smiling pumpkin carving

    Jen Theodore / Unsplash

    When you're making up your own happy faces, draw out some ideas on paper first. Remember to make the shapes simple enough that they are easy to carve but expressive enough to look interesting. This mouth shape is slightly unusual and resembles laughter with the downturned corners. The squinty eyes also enhance the look of laughing.

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    Paint the Pumpkin with Pretty Pastels

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    The House That Lars Built

    This pumpkin face idea is not necessarily geared toward beginners. Remember, painting a face on a pumpkin is much more difficult than painting it on a flat surface. If you have some artistic skill and want to try out this tutorial, first see if you can paint similar-looking faces on a sheet of paper. If you can't, don't be discouraged. You can get a look inspired by this project by using the same color palette and stencils.

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    Let Your Child Paint the Pumpkin

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    Elva Etienne / Getty Images

    What's more silly than a pumpkin face that looks like it's had a few too many cocktails? Halloween should be fun and the fun is in the process of decorating. Don't worry about your happy faces looking perfect. A slightly imperfect pumpkin face will have neighbors smiling, too. Put down tons of newsprint, take out the aprons, and let your child make a mess with their pumpkin.