10 Amazing Jack-O-Lanterns, Carved By You

We're just a few days away from Halloween, which means many of you spent the weekend Dexter-ing a perfectly innocent pumpkin in the name of tradition.

Winner: Bowser-O-Lantern


Shot my Bowser-O-Lantern right after a carving party at around two in the morning on HWY 95, just outside of Las Vegas. Originally wanted to get an eerie shot of the pumpkin on a lonely, moonlit road, but this one stuck out and seemed less cliche. The lights streaking by are from a diesel truck. It was shot on a Canon 5D Mk.II, 200 ISO, with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L lens. I've only had the camera for about a week and am still learning how to use it, but I though this was a cool shot nonetheless.

- Brandon Delgado


This shot was taken at my friends house last night for her annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party. We always like this party and it's always a great time. This year I finally remembered my camera but forgot my release cable….anyways I shot this on a Nikon D800 ISO 2000 31mm @ f 6.3 @ .8 sec.

- Scott Norton



- Brian Walak

The Forgotten


"The Forgotten" Not every pumpkin is lucky enough turn into a Jack-O-Lantern. Some of them are damaged in transit and thrown away before they are ever offered for sale. Yesterday, I spotted a pumpkin graveyard that was next to one of those temporary pumpkin stands that pop up this time of year. I asked if they would mind if I took some pictures of the rejects — they asked me if I was an "aR-teest". After admitting that I was just a guy participating in a weekly photo contest, they let me wander around the part of the field where they had been tossing the rejects for the past week. The picture was taken with a Canon 60D with a 28mm lens at F1.8 with 1/3200" exposure and ISO 100. Post processing was done in GIMP.

- Mike Case



I took the picture of the MJ/Thriller Werewolf after an eight hour session of carving this and three other pumpkins. As it was getting dark fast I setup my tripod and used an ancient Canon XSi with a Sigma 30mm lens. I found the patterns at OrangeAndBlackPumpkins.com.

- Joe Apple

Trick-Or-Treat Mannekin


I've done a few photos with these mannequins, but it's been a while. When I saw what the subject for this week's challenge was, I wanted to add a little to the subject matter and thought these guys would be perfect. These are the first jack o'lanterns I've carved as an adult, but I took breaks periodically to pose the mannekins and take pictures. One of my friends graciously lent me her front stoop to take the nighttime photos. Nikon D3100, 50mm Nikor lens, using a small Amazon box as a tripod.

- Rachel Mullin

Spooky Soundtrack


My most uninspired pumpkin carving because I had no energy to carve anything more elaborate, surrounded by candles and other odds and ends taken from my roommate's Halloween decorations. Shot on a Canon T4i -18mm - ISO100 - f/8 and Shutter Speed of 2 secs.

- Long Hong

Daft Pumpkin


I had carved this Daft Pumpkin to go with the Thomas Bangalter Halloween (in robot attire, not lazy street clothes) costume that I'm putting together this year. To get the light gradients I didn't cut completely through the rind anywhere on the pumpkin, so with less light coming through the carving, it was incredibly difficult to capture any of the pumpkin's skin without washing out the glow of the carving. In the end, I set it atop an office chair that I had covered with a green tarp used a halogen desk lamp inside the Jack O' Lantern to make sure the face glowed. I set it in front of a pair of Philips Hue bulbs that were configured to glow dimly red to light up the exterior. Camera: Canon EOS 6D Lens: 50mm f/1.8-23 Exposure: 30s ISO: 160 F number: f/22

- Max Meltser

Tinker Bell


First of all sorry for my english, for long time I did not write nothing in english. My friend sent me this challenge, because this year I made my first pumpkin, I want to commend her. My inspiration was the Tinker Bell from Peter Pan. First I drew the shadow of the bell on pumpkin, then gently cut it out, using a drill I made the holes that were to resemble gold dust. I take this photo by Sony Alpha 580, 3.5-5.6 Sony Kit Lens, 1600 ISO, F5, 1/20 sec.

- Sonia Ślusarz



Did these with my four year old Jack who thinks this is the highlight of the year, he loves scooping their ‘brains’ out with a spoon. Sadly I’ve a not taken a very good picture taken on an iPhone 4s but I thought you might get a chuckle out of it anyways. They are called Pumpy and iPump.

- Mark Lunn

Thanks for everyone who photographically shared their festivities this weekend. Our winner was a combination of bold carving project and atypical carving photo, but there were many superb candidates. Find the wallpaper-sized shots on flickr.


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