The best Halloween jack o’lanterns inspired by books

We all know that people love books. But there’s loving books, and then there’s spending hour upon hour with a delicate vibrating knife carving characters and sigils from your favourite book into a vegetable famous for an extremely tough rind and messy pulpy orange centre.

My hat goes off to the book-lovers behind these creations: Halloween Jack O’Lanterns featuring literary characters, illustrations, authors, and book covers!

My favourite is this reproduction of a famous red-figure illustration of Odysseus and a Sphinx.

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But a shout-out also to this Jane Austen fan’s cameo-style pumpkin.


Other classic works of literature enpumpkined:



Ooh and with children’s book illustrations there are so many impressive and charming pumpkins out there … some of them rather failing to be scary. I like the Gruffalo:


But I am also a fan of dancing lit-up Wild Things:

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Horror and SF, perhaps naturally, seem to be the genres that have the most pumpkins carved in their honour. Who is the scariest out of these?

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Many pumpkin artists (pumkartists?) have also made good use of popular fiction’s ability to create recognisable sigils and signs:


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