It’s finally fall and you know what that means: your porch is in desperate need of a jack-o-lantern.
Instead of the same old silly face you create every year, why not try to kick it up a notch with your carving knife? Take a look at some of these impressive pumpkins and you’ll definitely get inspired to give your own fancy gourd a shot. They’re extra-gourd-inary!
Ask any kid what their favorite part of Halloween is and they’ll all say it’s trick-or-treating. Ask most adults what they love about Halloween and they’ll also say trick-or-treating. It’s fun to be on the other side of the transaction and to see all the cute kids and their costumes.
During the holidays, when you’re away at college, you may be a little homesick. You’re away for the first time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate like you are back at home. You can even decorate your dorm room like you normally would. If pumpkin carving is a tradition for Halloween, you can always get your roommates together to do just that. It will be a fun way to bond with your roomies as you reminisce on days when you would carve pumpkins at home with your family. Plus, there are a ton of easy pumpkin carving ideas you could do.
When you don’t have a lot of space in a dorm room, you don’t have the luxury to get crazy with pumpkin designs, but you don’t need something crazy anyway. You may not even have the tools available in your dorm, but there are a ton of easy pumpkins you can do with things you would find in a dorm room. It also doesn’t have to be so basic like the traditional jack-o-lantern face. It’s of course up to you, but here are eight easy and super cute pumpkin carving ideas that you can do for your college dorm room.
1. Painting A Face On
This idea is super simple, because all you have to cut out is the mouth. That’s easy cutting that you can do with a simple knife. The painting on the pumpkin is what gives it character, just like these Cookie Monster and Elmo pumpkins, but you can do this idea for any character!
2. A Simple Circle Design Around The Pumpkin
These pumpkins are super simple to make. You just need to decide on a design and poke little circles around the pumpkin. Nothing too elaborate, but the pattern is what makes it look cool. Especially with a little light inside the pumpkin, and you can use an LED candle instead of a real flame in your dorm room.
3. Using a Cookie Cutter
It’s so easy, why didn’t we think of this before? This idea calls for a cookie cutter that you lightly hammer into the pumpkin to get a super basic shape cut out. It’s easy, but you definitely need to be careful with the hammer.
4. Using Golden Brads
This video have a few ideas for simple pumpkin carvings, but the first one is a brad pumpkin. You just stick a bunch of golden brads in your pumpkin and create a design. It ends up looking bedazzled. This is great for anyone that doesn’t want to do crazy carving in their dorm room, and also likes sparkle.
5. Easy Jack Skellington
A fun twist on the traditional jack-o-lantern pumpkin carving is to do the ultimate Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington. This design is super simple and easy to carve for anyone that has carved a pumpkin before. You could even watch while carving this with your roomies.
6. Rainbow Crayon Pumpkin
This is also a no-carve pumpkin idea for those that don’t have access to good carving tools in your dorm. All you need is crayons, white paint, and a hairdryer. You can melt a cool rainbow design on your pumpkin.
7. How To Easily Make Teeth For Your Pumpkin
If you’re like me, you’ve made some mistakes while carving your pumpkin. Luckily, there are ways to save anything you mistakenly cut out that you shouldn’t have. This video gives you some simple pumpkin carving hacks, like using tooth picks to stick things back in that you cut out of your pumpkin, like teeth.
8. Donut Pumpkin
This video has some great ideas for decorating your pumpkin, but my favorite is the donut pumpkin. It’s an easy way to just decorate a pumpkin if you can’t carve anything out. The puff paint sprinkles are a great added touch. If you want to carve with this one, you can carve out the donut hole so you can put a nice light inside your pumpkin.
I’m of the opinion that doing things with plenty of time to spare is a great way to suck the excitement out of life, which is why I do most of my Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve and have yet to purchase a Halloween costume with Mischief Night just hours away.
I’m lucky enough to have a job where my personal struggles and tendency to procrastinate can actually be a positive, and even though I didn’t write this article just so I could find the perfect costume for tomorrow night, I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t the primary factor.
I could walk into a costume shop and grab a prepackaged costume for $39.99… except the majority of those costumes aren’t designed to fit people who are almost 7′ tall. As a result, I tend to have to think a bit outside of the box.
This list probably would have been more helpful a couple of weeks ago, but let’s not dwell on the past. If you’re a tall person as desperate as I am to come up with a costume by tomorrow night, you’ll probably find something that suits you below.
In the original “Lord of the Rings” triology, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Gandalf is only listed at 5′ 6″, which has never been considered tall and (barring some disease that only infects people above 5′) probably never will be.
In a perfect world, short people would go dressed as Hobbits, normal people could be Gandalf and tall people would be free up to go out as, um, the cave troll? Wow. I take back everything I said. Let’s ignore Tolkien, take the movie trilogy as canon and continue with our lives as normal.
This is far more involved than any tree costumes should ever be. I suggest dressing in whatever clothes are most comfortable and breaking off a couple of branches on the way to wherever you’re going.
It’s a lot less effort, which everybody knows is the most important thing to consider when making a Halloween costume.
The blue Monstar
You could show up as one of the extras sitting in the stands at the Birmingham Barons game at the beginning of “Space Jam” and people would still eat it up because it has something to do with “Space Jam.”
The Shawn Bradley-inspired Monstar might not be the most popular character, but if you want a bunch of 20-something guys saying, “Sick costume,” the entire night, this is your best bet.
Warning: If you go dressed as Lurch from ‘The Addams Family,” 97 percent of the people you run into are going to assume you’re an ironically dressed Frankenstein because it’s 2014 and he is a character from “The Addams Family.”
Don’t do this for everyone else — do it for yourself.
Want to have a costume that kind of references a sensitive story from the past year that isn’t as insulting as a leaked nude of an ISIS member with Ebola?
Then I don’t see why you wouldn’t go with Slender Man, the urban legend created by the Internet who was in the headlines earlier this year after he allegedly inspired two adolescent girls to stab one of their friends.
If you’re one of those tall, lanky people with an awkwardly proportioned body who make all other tall people look bad, this is your best chance to redeem yourself.
A guy on stilts
I kind of feel bad for making fun of awkward-looking tall people in the above entry, and while I’m not sure if this suggestion will make things better or worse, I still feel like I should try and make things up to them.
If you’re one of those people with an 80/20 leg-to-torso ratio, then you should throw on some face paint, suspenders and billowing pants and go as the guy who everyone wants to kick in the shins when they go to the circus.
I hope I don’t have to mention that you don’t need actual stilts, but I probably should just to be thorough.
If you’re a person over a certain height, you’re virtually guaranteed to meet someone who thinks he’s being clever when he says, “How’s the weather up there?,” because people don’t realize that acknowledging your joke is terrible doesn’t make it any more bearable.
The goal here is to go as a cloud and wait for someone to ask you that question.
When that person does, you say there’s scattered showers and then spit on him. You might end up getting in a fight, but the satisfaction is almost undoubtedly worth it.
A guy who forgot about the ceiling fan
If you’re one of those people who’s really good with makeup (or have friends who loves to remind people just how good they are), this is a can’t-miss opportunity.
Whether you want to go with a small gash on your forehead or upgrade to a total scalping,
It strikes a perfect balance between gory and funny, making it the “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” of Halloween costumes.
This is the perfect costume for a tall, attractive girl with no self-awareness or a guy who has no problem walking around in tight women’s clothing over the course of the night.
If you belong to the second group and you want to add makeup to boost the authenticity, make sure someone who knows what he’s doing in there to supervise.
It’s best to avoid looking like the woman from “The Drew Carey Show” unless you want people to think you’re dressed as a drag queen (which will ultimately lead to an unenjoyable interaction with a particularly vocal liberal arts major).
Gheorghe Mureșan’s character in “My Giant”
You probably don’t remember “My Giant,” the 1998 film starring Billy Crystal and retired Romanian NBA player Gheorghe Muresan, and there’s a good chance nobody else does either. Use this to your advantage.
If you’re hurting for a Halloween costume at the last minute, I can’t think of a better costume than Maximus Zamfirescu.
All you need is whatever you feel like wearing, and you don’t even need to pick any branches to supplement your outfit. As long as you don’t mind being “that guy” without a real costume, it’s absolutely perfect.
The walk of shame is naturally an embarrassing and awkward procedure, but how much more awkward is it the morning after Halloween? I mean, it’s one thing to walk home early in the morning in your going out attire; it’s another to do it dressed up like a Swedish maid.
And even worse, imagine running into people you actually know! That can be some serious shaming…
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