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10/29/2011 07:57 pm ET | Updated Dec 29, 2011

Pumpkin Carving Designs: Fun And Scary Jack-O-Lanterns (PHOTOS)

With Halloween finally here, many people have been doing pumpkin carvings, making scary faces or intricate designs. One Chicago suburb, with fewer than 5,000 residents, aimed for a world record of 32,000 lit jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween.

A pumpkin weighing over 1,800 pounds was recently carved in New York City, creating a spooky scene of zombies and demons.

Don't worry if you're not as ambitious this year. If you haven't carved a pumpkin yet, you may want to check out some of these ideas for pop culture-related jack-o'-lanterns.

Want to go the celebrity route? One talented artist has created intricate designs of celebs, carving images from Harry Potter to Ashton Kutcher.

With the leaves changing and humidity-free weather, fall is a great time to get outside and get active. Check out our suggestions for eco-friendly fall activities that you can enjoy with family and friends.

Below, check out some of our favorite carved pumpkins from recent years:

The Coolest Jack-o'-Lanterns

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