While a crooked smile and triangle nose were once enough to make any pumpkin-carver proud, these days pumpkin carving is more of an art form. Expert pumpkin sculptors are using stencils, patterns, and their own imagination to take their creations to the next level. Some of the most interesting designs are based around animals, adding life and character to the once humble jack-o-lantern. Here are just a few cool examples of pumpkins carved to look like wildlife that could inspire your fall creation.
Avid anglers can show off their love of the sport by carving a monster bass into their pumpkins this year.
These Canadian animals can be heard howling on nearly every horror flick and spooky sound track, making a wolf an ideal Halloween carving.
You could even carve an entire pack—after all, wolves howl to keep track of one another.
While a grizzly bear might not be your typical jack-o-lantern carving, we can't think of anything more terrifying than run-in with a grizzly.
This is an adorably simple way to pay homage to your love of wildlife.
Not all jack-o-lanterns have to be scary. This delicately carved pumpkin depicting a butterfly brings out the majesty and beauty of everyone’s favourite winged insect.
This proud buck makes the perfect jack-o-lantern for anyone celebrating Halloween at the cottage, or even part-time country folk missing the wildlife at their summer home.
We've all seen this classic, but bats are such a prominent part of cottage life that we had to include it!
While these waterfowl look simple enough, this one's all in the details.
Now you can trick-or-treat and bird watch at the same time thanks to this neat pumpkin with a carved raven perched on a branch.
This brightly burning owl looks like it's swooping down on your Halloween festivities.