This time last year, I shared some ideas for Halloween costumes for search marketers. This year I wanted to take a look at some Halloween pumpkin carving ideas that will appeal to internet geeks & video gamers - with some internet memes thrown in for good measure.
Ninjas vs. Pirates
This ninja (by eedummer) is poised and ready for action.
Meanwhile, this pirate pumpkin (by CayUSA) looks pretty mean. I make a point never to argue with anyone that has an eye-patch and two cutlasses.
Robots vs. Zombies
Robots and Zombies are mortal enemies right? Both brain dead and neither one is able to love.
Actually, this zombie looks kind of friendly too. Though I think I prefer him at the business end of a rifle. (By Andrew Larimer)
LOL Cat Pumkin
What could be a more famous internet meme than our beloved LOLCats to immortalize in pumpkin form? (By Tane at TachyonLabs)
Rick Roll Pumpkin
Antoine Dodson Pumpkin
It seems that everybody who can get their hands on a red bandanna will be wearing a 'bed intruder costume' this year - but here's something even better - the superhero himself in pumpkin form. (Skillfully scraped by Michelle C Lim)
This was pretty inspired: Snookie (from the trashy TV show 'Jersey Shore') has become an internet hit in her own right this year - and a pumpkin is the perfect way to capture her unique skin color. (Created by Alexa at Swell Designer)
To be honest, I've not seen very much of the Fail Whale in the last few months - but here he is in pumpkin form (intricately carved by Scott B.)
Reddit Alien Pumpkin
All right, all right; someone did carve Digg's logo at the same party. (Photo by Ben)
Talking of Google, here's Droid: captured in lantern form by David Watson.
I'm not saying that technology is making us lazy... but I am saying that this is an awesome shortcut. (Via Anthony D.)
Windows 7 Pumpkin
I think this lantern really shows off Windows 7's Aero features. (By Alex)
If we mention Windows, it's only fair that Tux gets a pumpkin as well. Plus - he's a much cuter mascot that anything Microsoft has. (Don't you dare say Clippy.) By robby-t.
It's twice the price of the Windows pumpkin, but it's much easier to use, and it takes no time at all to set up. (By Patrick Dukes)
This was the first pumpkin that Eugene ever carved. I think it came out pretty well.
Here's one for the front-end developers amongst you. This looks pretty good - except in IE, I presume. (by MauriceSvay)
You may recognize it as an occasional character on Futurama, or may have come across the meme online - but there's no denying thaALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD (and McGalio)
Mario and Bowser Pumpkins
Talking of gaming classics, these guys were trendy before the internet was around. (Posted on Dorkly)
Angry Birds Pumpkin
The Angry Birds game is like a bad relationship; you should probably stop, but it's so much fun. (Incredible carving work by Mario Losasso.)
Pac Man Pumpkin
It turns out that 8-bit games make great designs for pumpkins.... (via Cracker and Chese)
... see? I wasn't joking at 8-bit games. This is just one of the many awesome Jack-o-Lanterns with a Tetris theme. (via Liberty and Vigilance)
Star Wars Pumpkins
There are loads of great pumpkins from the light side, as well as the dark side. Here's one worth showing off, just because it must have taken so long to create. (Via Frenchie B.)
The smiley face emoticon was first proposed for online use 28 years ago last month. I know, right? (Pumpkin by Neal Gillis.)
The head geeks of the ThinkGeek blog - and their creative readers - designed the following batch of geeky pumpkins for a competition last year - with the USS Enterprise winning the main prize. This is an incredible amount of geekery in one picture; they should be proud.
That's all for this year - normal SEO and internet marketing blogging will resume shortly. :)