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15 literature-inspired jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween

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Next week is Halloween, which makes this prime jack-o’-lantern carving time. But instead of the usual triangle eyes and toothy grin, why not try something a little different this year? If you’re anything like us at BookTrib, all the inspiration you need is currently sitting on your bookshelf. Here are 15 of our favorite literary pumpkins for 2014:


Harry Potter

Harry Potter

This pumpkin isn’t scaring anyone; it’s just too adorable. You might need to buy a little paint to pull this one off, but it’s worth it for his spiky hair alone.




A perfect likeness of Frankenstein’s monster. Plus he looks appropriately broody.


The Hobbit

The Hobbit

Love the image they captured of his back and that familiar logo.


The Fault in Our Stars/Fifty Shades of Grey

Fault in our Stars50 Shades

Two for the price of one! No, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to pair John Green’s hit young adult book with a popular bondage romance, but oh well. These pumpkins are perfectly designed in their simplicity.


The Headless Horseman

Headless Horseman


A spooky tree, a raised axe, a rearing horse – this is the perfect Halloween image. Too bad it doesn’t come with Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane.


Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Simple and classic. Sometimes a silhouette is the only way to go.




Thanks to the brillianceof Neil Gaiman, Coraline is one of the scariest stories around. Those button eyes? Yikes. But we love this detailed pumpkin carving of her peering through the door with her cat buddy.


The Hulk


Technically a comic book instead of a novel, but who cares? This identity-crisis jack-o’-lantern is too cool to leave off our list.


Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Everyone knows Tyrion is the best character in Game of Thrones, which makes him the perfect choice for your pumpkin this year.




A simple tribute to Shannon Hale’s popular novel, but the text says it all. And who doesn’t love Mr. Darcy?


Gone With the Wind

Gone with the Wind

OK, this pumpkin is making us blush.




Anyone who loves Rainbow Rowell’s young adult novel will adore this pumpkin. And even if you haven’t read the book, the image is still pretty cute.


The Raven


Of course, we can’t have a Halloween post without mentioning Poe. We love how detailed the Raven is here—it almost looks three-dimensional.




The pumpkin is her carriage! With little pumpkin wheels!


Where the Wild Things Are


This much awesomeness could not be contained in one pumpkin. Too cute for words.

Which literary pumpkin is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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