15 Awesome Bookish Jack O’Lanterns

For fans of Halloween and books, there’s something irresistible about a good literary jack o’lantern. It’s not only fun to see what other book lovers have created on the canvas of a pumpkin, but it’s also neat to think about what possibilities are out there for your own bookish carving.

Here’s a round-up of 15 awesome bookish jack o’lanterns to ooh and ahh over and to be inspired by for your own knife date with a gourd. I’ve tried to credit the creators where information was available, but some sources were impossible to track down. If you know who to credit for some of these, let me know in the comments.


gone with the wind pumpkin


Gone With The Wind, pumpkin style. Via Stacie on Flickr.


Alice in Wonderland Pumpkin



Alice in Wonderland, via Saeco1 on carvingpumpkins.com.


little red riding hood



It’s a super creepy Little Red Riding Hood.


the shining pumpkin


The carving itself is based off the movie, but the movie is based off the book, so I’m counting it. Here’s an homage to Stephen King’s The Shining.


comic sans pumpkin


How much scarier can you get than comic sans font?


harry potter cast



There are a number of wonderful Harry Potter inspired pumpkins out there, but this set of the entire cast might be one of the best.


green eggs and ham


Dr. Seuss’s classic Green Eggs and Ham. The rough-cut lettering takes this entire thing up a notch. Via Fantasy Pumpkins.


frankensteins monster



It’s Frankenstein’s monster! Carved by Jeff O, via This Old House.


nevermore pumpkin


Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” as seen in jack o’lantern form. By Tom Hundley, via Flickr.


The Raven #2



Another excellent take on “The Raven” in pumpkin form. Via Michael Kendrick on Flickr.


hunger games mockingjay



Then there’s the infamous mockingjay from The Hunger Games.





A little pumpkin dedication to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu, via atomic moo.


20000 leagues



The details for this 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea pumpkin are incredible. This craft pumpkin can be purchased from Clockwork Couture, if you’re so inclined.


melville collection



A collection of Herman Melville pumpkins, including a scene from Moby Dick and the author’s portrait. Via mehughes on Flickr.


Ampersand Pumpkins

I love a good ampersand, and I love a good ampersand on a pumpkin. Left via ugmonk, top via criana on Flickr, and bottom is via my own skills last Halloween.


If you’re eager to see more bookish pumpkins, check out Wallace’s two part series here and here, and also check out Rita’s guide to book-o-lanterns.

What literary goodness will you be carving this year?