You’ll have a very Meowwy Halloween with these cat pumpkin carving ideas. A cat jack o’lantern is the perfect pumpkin theme for Halloween – cats are a witch’s best friend, after all.
With these fun kitty ideas, you can go from cute and chubby all the way to a tall, mysterious black cat with glowing cat eyes. Mrowwwwr!
So if you’re, ahem, feline like carving a cat pumpkin this Halloween, here’s some inspiration.
Black Cat Jack o’ Lantern
Twin Cat o’Lanterns (with Gourd Tails!)
I carved these twin cuties a few years back, shortly after we got our cute calico kitties, Fern and Blossom. I carved simple connected noses and mouths, then carved large almond-shaped eyes. I used the pumpkin flesh to create the eyeballs and the ears, secured by toothpick. The pupils are simply painted on (Sharpie would work, too). I wanted these cute cat pumpkins to have tails, so I used the long neck of ornamental gourds, toothpicked into place.
Cheshire Cat Pumpkin Carving
Ah, that all-knowing smile. Give your cat-o-lantern a wide grin, Cheshire Cat style! Start with large cat eyes, then carve a cute button nose, and then create an extra wide, jagged grin. Finish by carving ears or use some pieces from the cat’s eyeballs and toothpick them on.
Your cat o’lanterns can be as simple or as complex as you want. Here are some uncomplicated face ideas – just eyes, nose, cute cat mouth, and some optional whiskers – then top off with some ears – carved in, toothpicked in, or you can even use some air-dry clay!
Cat Silhouette Pumpkin Carving with Moon
A simple cat silhouette with a moon makes a spooky but kitty-cute scene. Carve just the top layer of the rind to make the moon, then a simple silhouette of a cat sitting within the crescent. Love this cat pumpkin carving!
Simple Cat Silhouettes with Paw Prints
This cat jack o’lantern features a couple of cute cats along with paw prints.
Adorable Arched Cat Silhouette Pumpkin Carving
This cat is so cute! An arched back, a curled tail, and a curious expression make this one adorable cat pumpkin carving. Use toothpicks or black coffee straws for the whiskers.