1. Edgar Allan Poe
What’s a list about books and the spookiest time of year without a little Edgar Allan Poe? (carved by redditor r0cketballs)
2. Poe’s Raven
Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”
Master horror wordsmith H.P. Lovecraft’s Elder Gods and Great Old Ones are also seasonally appropriate guests. (Carved by Kevin Meehan)
4. The Headless Horseman
Sleepy Hollow’s infamous spectral horseman rode out of the pages of a short story long ago and has since inspired a nightmare or two, not to mention a bunch of other popular media.
5. Sherlock Holmes
A literary figure whose identity is easy to deduce from his silhouette alone. (Carved by Norbini)
6. Oedipus and the Sphinx
Speaking of classic lit figures, heroes and beasts from Classical Mythology make fun pumpkin decor. You already have the perfect orange backdrop. (Carved by snerk)
7. A Princess of Mars
Star Wars jack o’lanterns are mighty popular, but this sci-fi pumpkin is actually a tribute to Frank Frazetta’s artwork for the science fantasy novel A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burrough. (Carved by Crasio)
8. Barad-dûr and the Eye of Sauron
Classic high fantasy readers shouldn’t have a hard time finding impressive Lord of the Rings-themed jack o’lanterns, especially given the success of the movies. But here’s one gorgeously detailed example. (Carved by Noel at Fantasy Pumpkins)
9. Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons
Or if grittier epic fantasy is more your thing, there are also quite a few A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones pumpkins to be found too. Here’s another stunning carving from Noel at Fantasy Pumpkins.
10. The Hunger Games
Given the success of The Hunger Games books and first movie, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more pumpkins like this in the future. (Carved by Pikko)
11. Harry Potter
I’d be remiss to not mention the Harry Potter books when it comes to successful kidlit franchises that spawn creative fan-work like this double pumpkin carving. (Designed and Carved by Dorothy Phillips)
12. Alice in Wonderland
Wonderland is a rich source of whimsical and potentially creepy things for great pumpkin carvings. (Carved by saeco1)
13. Where the Wild Things Are
Another 2-part jack o’lantern of a beloved children’s book. (Carved by Maniac Pumpkin Carvers)
Sometimes the scariest stories can be found in kidlit. Don’t be fooled by the cute art. (Carved by Noel at Fantasy Pumpkins)
Really, the beautiful covers of many kidlit and YA lit books these days could make eye-catching and fun jack o’lanterns. For example there’s this depiction of Brisingr from the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. (Carved by Noel at Fantasy Pumpkins)
From perhaps a lesser known series, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy, this is a carving of the Survivor of the Flames. (Carved by johwee)
17. The Raven Boys
Not Poe’s raven, but the raven on the cover of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys. (Carved by Kate Hart)
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- Misty Copeland has become the first black female principal dancer in American Ballet Theater's 75-year history.
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