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Gourds Gone Wild! 10 Awesomely Artistic Jack O’ Lantern Carvings [PICTURES]

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Hurricane Irene flooded dozens of pumpkin patches this year, leading to what many say will be an unprecedented shortage — and price increase — for those wanting to carve traditional Halloween Jack O’ Lanterns.

That said, even a hurricane won’t stop the super-creative types who work their magic to create stylish artwork on pumpkins every year.

Sure, you can do the standard triangle eyes, nose, and gap-toothed grin, but doing something a little more eye-catching is always bound to create conversation — and make admirers of the little ghosts and goblins who will darken your doorstep on October 31.

Here’s a look at a few awesome Jack O’ Lanterns created by some amazingly creative knife-wielders.

(If you’d like to make an unusual jack o’ lantern yourself this year, check out ZombiePumpkins for some nifty templates to help you achieve Halloween greatness.)


Jack O' Lanterns in Hell
Plutor, Flickr
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Jack O’ Lanterns in Hell

 
 

This talented artist has created the illusion that three tiny pumpkins are stuck in the underworld. That Pumpkin Devil is such a smug jerk.

 
When Jack O' Lanterns Overindulge
neeta_lind, Flickr
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When Pumpkins Overindulge

 
 

While some might think this vomiting pumpkin is gross, we view it as a pretty accurate recreation of what happens to us after our fifth pumpkin ale.

 
Zombie Hello Kitty
lalouque, Flickr
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Zombie Hello Kitty

 
 

Hello Kitty, the Sanrio cartoon cat beloved worldwide by young and old, gets a creepy makeover as a member of the undead. This pumpkin taps into two of our greatest fears: zombies and cats who wear people clothes.

 
Shaun of the Dead
betsyweber, Flickr
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Shaun of the Dead

 
 

Speaking of zombies, the title character from the cult-classic “zom com” ‘Shaun of the Dead’ gets immortalized in orange and black here. Somebody should do ‘Hot Fuzz’ next!

 
Tiger Woods
bear_in_va, Flickr
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Tiger Woods

 
 

Sporting his ubiquitous Nike cap, the candlelit Tiger Woods is depicted doing something his ex-wife probably once hoped for — burning from the inside out.

 
The Grim Reaper
bear_in_va, Flickr
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The Grim Reaper

 
 

What would Halloween be without a visit from the Grim Reaper? No, not Larry King. The actual Angel of Death on this pumpkin.

 
Humphrey Bogart
bear_in_va, Flickr
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Humphrey Bogart

 
 

Of all the pumpkin patches in all the world, Pumpkin Bogart had to show up in mine.

 
Fail Whale
realestatezebra, Flickr
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The Fail Whale

 
 

Twitter users will no doubt recognize the Fail Whale carved into this pumpkin. While it may seem cute, encountering a Fail Whale means you have to wait a whole 30 seconds before Tweeting about what you had for lunch today. Eek!

 
Ed McMahon
bear_in_va, Flickr
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Ed McMahon

 
 

Wanna pull a fun Halloween prank? Leave Pumpkin Ed McMahon on your neighbor’s doorstep and run away. Then when they open the door to Ed’s smiling face, they’ll think the Publisher’s Clearing House Prize Patrol has arrived to give them a million bucks. That’s when you pop out laughing. Instant Halloween fun!

 
Frankenstein
bear_in_va, Flickr
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Frankenstein

 
 

The iconic movie monster is recreated in pumpkin form, with nary a bolt in sight. “It’s alive! It’s alive!” Well, at least until early November. Then it gets a little rotten.

 

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