These Ridiculous Jack-o'-Lantern FAILs Are so Funny It's Scary

by Justina Huddleston
Oct 9, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Ah, fall. It's a time for warm cider, cute scarves and boots — and carving up some of the most hilariously atrocious Jack-o'-lanterns the world has ever seen. Seriously, though, pumpkin carving is supposed to be fun, so how come it has the ability to frustrate even the most hardened of adults to the point of tears?

We should probably make it clear that we feel pumpkin carving is a time-honored Halloween tradition that should never be skipped. It's just that when we try to get all fancy and ambitious, our pumpkin works of art tend to fall a little short. And every year, we always swear we're going to keep things simple and follow a template to create a Jack-o'-lantern that looks like what we intended it to. But that's never what happens.

Even though Halloween is supposed to be a time for frightening ourselves (and others), the only scary thing about these pumpkins is that their short lives were utterly wasted.

Originally posted September 2016. Updated October 2017.

1 /20: Functional FAIL

1/20 :Functional FAIL

Sometimes putting your pumpkin back together actually succeeds in making it look creepier.

2 /20: Cat's out of the bag

2/20 :Cat's out of the bag

This time curiosity really did kill the cat.

3 /20: Drunken pumpkin

3/20 :Drunken pumpkin

Top row: Me getting ready. Middle row: Me at the club. Bottom row: The morning after.

4 /20: Grumpy pumpkins

4/20 :Grumpy pumpkins

These stern sentinels are one way to keep tricksters away this Halloween.

5 /20: One too many

5/20 :One too many

I'm guessing someone had more than their fair share of butterbeer last night.

6 /20: FAILED squirrel sentinel

6/20 :FAILED squirrel sentinel

Is this what happens when you forget to get your squirrel guard its own damn pumpkin spice latte?

7/20 :Sad sack

How rotted does a pumpkin have to be before someone just composts the thing?

8 /20: Pumpkin spice FAIL

8/20 :Pumpkin spice FAIL

At this point, I kinda feel like this is an accurate representation of the public's feelings toward PSL hysteria.

9 /20: Pumpkin puppy

9/20 :Pumpkin puppy

At least this pup chose something healthy to snack on!

10/20 :Scared to death

I think this pumpkin saw one too many scary costumes this Halloween.

11 /20: Legitimately terrifying

11/20 :Legitimately terrifying

It doesn't look like the intended Joker, but I think this pumpkin actually ended up being more terrifying.

12 /20: Smashed pumpkin

12/20 :Smashed pumpkin

Literally me on a hot day.

13/20 :Spooky?

It's hard to be scared by something when you literally have no idea what it is.

14 /20: Burn, baby, burn

14/20 :Burn, baby, burn

This pumpkin inferno resulted in a jack-o'-lantern with a screwy mustache that's sure to scare away the kids.

15 /20: The day the music died

15/20 :The day the music died

I mean, at least they tried?

16 /20: Thanks, but no thanks!

16/20 :Thanks, but no thanks!

TBH, if someone stuck me inside a pumpkin, I'd be pretty pissed too.

17 /20: Squelching squash

17/20 :Squelching squash

This moldy, mushy jack-o'-lantern looks like it maybe ate a bit too much Halloween candy.

18/20 :The void

This pumpkin FAIL forces us to confront our deepest fear: nothingness. Now that's haunting.

19 /20: Time on your side

19/20 :Time on your side

Honestly, this jack-o'-lantern probably looks way more terrifying after being left in the sun.

20 /20: Old man pumpkin

20/20 :Old man pumpkin

Grandpa? Is that you?