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October 27, 2011

BOOk Pumpkins!

Kate Hart

Want to make a terrifying jack o'lantern for Hallowen? Well, all year long we've been hearing how dark and scary YA is, so book-themed carvings are a logical choice! Use the patterns below or design your own, then be sure to enter the contest at YA Highway to win some great ARCs!

What could be more terrifying than banned books like Speak, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret?

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Get your chills and thrills with science fiction and dystopians like Across The Universe, Crossed, Divergent, and Hourglass:

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Beware the paranormals like Hemlock, Hex Hall, and Hush Hush...

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and those horrifying books with fantasy or magical realism elements, like Going Bovine, If I Stay, The Scorpio Races, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. *shivers*

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But most of all, watch out for the naughty kids over in the contemporary section, with books like Anna and the French Kiss, Shut Out, Wanderlove, How To Save A Life, Thirteen Reasons Why, Under The Mesquite, and Paper Towns. There's KISSING in these books, guys!
*runs away*

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eta: carved examples are here!

How to use these patterns: 

1. Click the image to expand, then right click and save to your computer (or download them all at once in a PDF).

2. Print at whatever size fits your pumpkin, then pin the pattern to it.

3. Use a toothpick to poke holes around the edges of the design (more holes = easier to see the lines).

4. Remove the pattern and rub a small amount of flour over the holes to make them show up better.

5. Carve, take a picture, and post the link at YA Highway!

See how they turned out here.

Fine print:
Please do not sell or distribute these patterns. I own zero rights to the source images. These patterns are intended for fun only.
In other words, I'm not making money off of these. Please don't sue me.


  1. So cool! I might attempt some, although I can't even draw a straight line, so the pics will probably not turn out well :)

  2. *gasp* Kissing! The horror.

    These are fantastic :)

  3. These are so awesome....I want to make them all!

  4. KISSING?! Surely not!

    Kate, seriously, can you stop being so awesome so I can stop getting swoony over your blog? I'm embarrassing over here, i swear.

    I'll definitely be trying some book covers next year. The 4 year old was in charge of this year's carving. *shudder*

    - Liz

  5. I absolutely love this. I think I am going to try Hush Hush. We will see how it goes. LOL!

  6. Thanks guys! Can't wait to see what you come up with! :)

  7. This is such an awesome idea! I'm so tempted to try with HP. :)


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