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.

Stylist Home also has some suggestions for Halloween pumpkin carving. They also offer tips for decorating pumpkins without carving them.

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