Alternative Decorating Ideas: 10 Halloween Watermelon Carvings

Alternative Decorating Ideas: 10 Halloween Watermelon Carvings

Tess Wilson
Oct 16, 2013

In the midst of putting together a post about 8 Things To Carve Other Than Pumpkins, I stumbled upon the wonderful world of watermelon carving. Whoever first discovered that watermelons make perfect brains deserves a serious tip of the hat — or skull, I suppose...

There are lots of great examples of watermelon carving out there in which the carved watermelon is also used as a serving vessel for watermelon balls or chunks. For our Halloween decorating purposes, I'm sticking with watermelons that would be used in the same way pumpkin-based jack-o-lanterns would: for spooky awesomeness.


  1. The National Watermelon Promotion Board wants you to know what watermelons aren't just for 4th of July anymore. We give you the Bat Jack O' Melon.
  2. Noah of Skull a Day carved up this watermelon from his CSA, then promptly ate it.
  3. You're going to see a few carvings from Zogdo, because he or she is my new carving hero: the designs are ingenious, but not ridiculously difficult. I think I could do them — I just wish I'd thought of them myself. This buck-toothed one-eyed cutie is irresistible.
  4. This carving from an Instructables member and featured by WonderHowTo is my favorite of all the watermelon brains- and I've looked at a lot of watermelon brains today.
  5. This screamer is from a Czech watermelon carving competition (and seen via Boing Boing) — if you have any more details, I'm dying to know more!


  1. Jeanne Fratello of Jolly Tomato loves to carve watermelons, like this Minecraft Sweeper. If you're as unfamiliar with video games as I am, it's just a cute, creepy watermelon guy.
  2. Zogdo also created this fanged creature, making fantastic use of the watermelon's red interior.
  3. I watched a lot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was growing up, so I was particularly excited to see this YouTube video.
  4. This final watermelon, inspired by Imagine Dragons' Night Vision, was created by hockeyninja18 for Zombie Pumpkins. Even if you're not familiar with the tour posters (as I was not), the effect is suitably spooky, especially when lit.
  5. This skull carving might be more aspirational, but Dmitri Tsykalov's versions get the creepy realism award.

(Images: as linked above)

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