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There are certain TikTok trends that make us wonder how people have even come up with them in the first place. Halloween fanatics have been showcasing their skills on the platform and we have been loving every minute of it.

Now that they are taking pumpkin carving to a whole new level, people have been wondering how they can emulate the “pumpkin head photoshoot” challenge that is taking over the app.

Photo: flickr/William Warby

We were pleasantly surprised to find out that it is not as difficult as we thought. It’s as creepy as it is delightful. The trend is exactly as it seems: People place a jack o lantern over their heads and take photos.

As you would expect, the users on TikTok have managed to take this challenge to the next level.


Spooky szn 🎃 #pumpkinseason #pumpkinhead #pumpkinheadphotoshoot #halloween #spooky #fyp #foryoupage #halloweenlook #IKnowWhatYouDid

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They are always going above and beyond on there, aren’t they? Users like @mysuitcasejourneys are having an absolute ball on there.

Many of these clips include a friend, which is not surprising either. After all, you need to have someone on hand to help out if the plan goes awry. No one wants to be left with a pumpkin stuck on their head for the long haul.


How’d we do? 🎃 #spookyseason #pumpkinheadphotoshoot #fallphotoideas

♬ Oh Klahoma – Jack Stauber

Once you take a look at the #pumpkinheadphotoshoot hashtag, the staggering popularity of this challenge will come into clearer focus.

The hashtag has amassed over 50 million views and we are sure that number is only going to climb as we get closer and closer to Halloween. Check out some of the videos below:


#fypシ #fy #pumpkinheadphotoshoot #pumpkinhead #coupleedition

♬ Oh Klahoma – Jack Stauber


Had so much fun doing this! 🎃🤩 #spookyseason #viral #fyp #pumpkinheadphotoshoot #love #horrortok

♬ Oh Klahoma – Jack Stauber


Are we valid? 🎃 #pumpkinheadphotoshoot #TargetHalloween #fypシ #viral #trend

♬ Oh Klahoma – Jack Stauber

If you would like to take on this challenge, there are a few simple steps to take.

To get started, make sure that you are choosing a pumpkin that can easily fit over your head. From there, make sure to carve a hole big enough for your head to fit at the bottom. Scoop out all of the innards, too. Once you have done that, it is time to carve out the face. You have the latitude to play around with this step and make a face that is unique to you.

Photo: Max Pixel

After these steps are completed, grab a friend and start the photoshoot. It’s really that easy, we promise you. You can also check out the #pumpkinheadphotoshoot hashtag on Instagram for even more inspo.

Check out some of the pictures below:

Happy carving!

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