Pumpkin carving is what you make of it. It's a fun (family) activity that helps you get into the Halloween spirit and is a great way to express your creativity, too.

The best thing about it is the freedom: you can go for something playful like your favorite meme, or a scary zombie, it's all up to you.

To give you a better idea of what's possible, we at Bored Panda compiled a list of our favorite jack-o'-lanterns. Enjoy!

#1

My Friend Is Awesome At Carving Pumpkins

My Friend Is Awesome At Carving Pumpkins

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Hello it Smee
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3 months ago

That is so mesmerizing right down to the reflexion in the helmet and it has a shadow by it's feet. Super creative and talented carver!😍

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#2

Luigi's Mansion Pumpkin

Luigi's Mansion Pumpkin

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Kevin Erdős–Bacon
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3 months ago

That's really clever!

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This Halloween practice originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as early canvasses. In fact, the very name, jack-o'-lantern, comes from an Irish myth about a man named Stingy Jack. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of the spooky celebration.

According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. Remaining true to his name, Stingy Jack didn't want to pay for his glass, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to pay for their order. But when the Devil obliged, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which would prevent the Devil from going back to his original form.

Jack eventually freed the Devil, but under the condition that he would not bother Jack for a whole year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul.

#3

I Carved A Pumpkin

I Carved A Pumpkin

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Shona
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3 months ago

Aww That is adorable!!!

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#4

My Husband's Pumpkin Carving

My Husband's Pumpkin Carving

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
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3 months ago

Wicked!!

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#5

Someone Got The Pumpkins Right

Someone Got The Pumpkins Right

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Shona
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3 months ago

Awww i need those lil minions!!!

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The next year, Jack tricked the Devil again. This time, by making him climb into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the tree's bark so that the Devil could not come down. Now, the Devil had to promise not to bother Jack for ten more years.

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend has it, God didn't allow such an unsavory individual into heaven. But the Devil, who was still upset by the tricks Jack had played on him, kept his word and didn't claim Jack's soul.

So since Jack couldn't enter hell either, he ended up in the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with it ever since, thus earning the name "Jack of the Lantern," and later, simply "Jack O'Lantern."

#6

The Collector

The Collector

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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
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3 months ago

Man, that is cool!

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#7

My 16-Year-Old Niece’s Halloween Pumpkin Carving

My 16-Year-Old Niece’s Halloween Pumpkin Carving

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Lydia Dean-Melchior
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3 months ago

Wow! She did good!!!

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#8

Peter Peter The Pumpkin Eater

Peter Peter The Pumpkin Eater

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Jo87
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3 months ago

Okay this is my favourite!

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In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack's lanterns, carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them near windows or doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other evil spirits that might've also been wandering the night. In England, people used large beets.

Immigrants from these countries brought the tradition with them when they came to the US and soon discovered that pumpkins, a fruit native to their new home, make perfect jack-o'-lanterns.

#9

My Wife Won Her Office Pumpkin Decorating Contest After 5 Years Of Disappointment

My Wife Won Her Office Pumpkin Decorating Contest After 5 Years Of Disappointment

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Madison Feehan
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3 months ago

"Hello Seymour"

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#10

I Carved A Dog-O-Lantern

I Carved A Dog-O-Lantern

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Shona
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3 months ago

wicked skills

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#11

My Sister Carved A Pumpkin Again

My Sister Carved A Pumpkin Again

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Jo Johannsen
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3 months ago

Clever!

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#12

So My Friend Won A Pumpkin Carving Contest With This

So My Friend Won A Pumpkin Carving Contest With This

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jodie kavanagh
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3 months ago

Uh, your friend is not so bad himself.

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#13

My Friend Carves The Best Pumpkins, Half Of My Halloween Excitement Is Waiting To See What He's Come Up With, Here Is This Year's

My Friend Carves The Best Pumpkins, Half Of My Halloween Excitement Is Waiting To See What He's Come Up With, Here Is This Year's

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Shona
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3 months ago (edited)

aww that little Pumpkin is so cute

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#14

Darling, It Will Be Bold. Dramatic

Darling, It Will Be Bold. Dramatic

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Sue Lynn Chan
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3 months ago

NO CAPES!

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#15

My 2014 Pumpkins: Harry vs. Voldemort

My 2014 Pumpkins: Harry vs. Voldemort

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Karen Grace
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3 months ago

Wow! Amazing work!

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#16

Gandalf vs. Balrog Pumpkin Carving "You Shall Not Paaaasss"

Gandalf vs. Balrog Pumpkin Carving "You Shall Not Paaaasss"

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Otter
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3 months ago

That is seriously awesome!

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#17

Unbelievable Viking Pumpkin

Unbelievable Viking Pumpkin

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Michaela
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3 months ago

At first glance I thought those were his little feet.

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#18

I Present The Trumpkin, 16 Hours, 56lbs, Three Pumpkins

I Present The Trumpkin, 16 Hours, 56lbs, Three Pumpkins

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Shona
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3 months ago

At least you got the colouring right....

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#19

I Work In An Animation Studio With Some Of The Best Artists I’ve Ever Met And This Is The Pumpkin That Won Our Carving Contest Yesterday

I Work In An Animation Studio With Some Of The Best Artists I’ve Ever Met And This Is The Pumpkin That Won Our Carving Contest Yesterday

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glowworm2
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3 months ago

It’s so cute though.

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#20

I Carved This For Halloween. Expecto Pumpkin

I Carved This For Halloween. Expecto Pumpkin

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Shona
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3 months ago

Thats So Cool

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#21

I Carved It From Pumpkins

I Carved It From Pumpkins

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Batgirl Kitty
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3 months ago (edited)

Holy s*** thats not a pumpkin

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#22

My Pumpkin Scares The Hell Out Of Me

My Pumpkin Scares The Hell Out Of Me

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Jo Johannsen
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3 months ago

Do you keep it chained in a locked room while you try to sleep?

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#23

Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins

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glowworm2
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3 months ago

Reminds me of Calvin’s messed up snowmen.

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#24

My Pumpkin Carving This Year

My Pumpkin Carving This Year

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Madison Feehan
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3 months ago

Some mad skillz you got!

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#25

Anglerfish Pumpkin

Anglerfish Pumpkin

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Vicky Zar
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3 months ago

I hope the little pumpkin has a light in it

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#26

My Little Sister's First Attempt At Pumpkin Carving. Her Talent Makes Me Sick Sometimes

My Little Sister's First Attempt At Pumpkin Carving. Her Talent Makes Me Sick Sometimes

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Elizabeth Walker
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3 months ago

Wow! Crazy good!

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#27

Pumpkin Graveyard

Pumpkin Graveyard

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M Calad
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3 months ago

WOW! 👏👏👏

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#28

Just Finished Decorating Our Annual Scary Pumpkin

Just Finished Decorating Our Annual Scary Pumpkin

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Madison Feehan
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3 months ago

There's not a carving in the whole world more terrifying than this...

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#29

Tonight, I Carved A Pumpkin. I Also Doused It In Lighter Fluid And Lit It On Fire

Tonight, I Carved A Pumpkin. I Also Doused It In Lighter Fluid And Lit It On Fire

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Dan Buczynski
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3 months ago

YEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

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#30

My Aunt Had A Pumpkin Contest At Work. Safe To Say She Won

My Aunt Had A Pumpkin Contest At Work. Safe To Say She Won

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Shona
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3 months ago

Thats a pumpin?!?!?!?

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#31

I Just Finished My Pumpkin Carving. "The Mad Titan, Thanos"

I Just Finished My Pumpkin Carving. "The Mad Titan, Thanos"

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Brian Brown
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3 months ago

This is awesome

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#32

For My Birthday, I Wanted To Show You Guys My Pumpkin

For My Birthday, I Wanted To Show You Guys My Pumpkin

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Shona
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3 months ago

I NEEEEEED THIS!!!!!

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#33

We Still Have This Small Pumpkin My Wife Carved 3 Years Ago

We Still Have This Small Pumpkin My Wife Carved 3 Years Ago

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Shona
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3 months ago

scarier than it was when it was first made i reckon

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#34

When You Don't Know What To Carve - Star Wars

When You Don't Know What To Carve - Star Wars

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Francis
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3 months ago

when you don't know what to do in whatever life situation: Harry Potter, Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. that's it!

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#35

My Pumpkins For Halloween This Year

My Pumpkins For Halloween This Year

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Shona
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3 months ago

Haha haloween covid style XD

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#36

The Perfect Jack O'Lantern Doesn't Exist...

The Perfect Jack O'Lantern Doesn't Exist...

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Madison Feehan
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3 months ago

St. Elmo's Fire! Oh the irony.

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#37

My Wife’s Contribution For The Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

My Wife’s Contribution For The Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

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Don't read my username
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3 months ago

That's sick man!!!

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#38

Am I Spooky Yet?

Am I Spooky Yet?

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Auntriarch
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3 months ago

Spooktacular!

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#39

My Work Friend Carved This In Our Annual Work Pumpkin Carving Contest, It Was His First Pumpkin And It Took Him 10 Hours

My Work Friend Carved This In Our Annual Work Pumpkin Carving Contest, It Was His First Pumpkin And It Took Him 10 Hours

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Heather Menard
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3 months ago

Don't feed after midnight

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#40

It’s Pumpkin Carving Season

It’s Pumpkin Carving Season

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Jo87
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3 months ago

No, little pumpkin!

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#41

I Carved The Scariest Pumpkin I Could Imagine

I Carved The Scariest Pumpkin I Could Imagine

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Shona
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3 months ago

worst Nightmare.....

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#42

Entry For My Work's Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Entry For My Work's Pumpkin Decorating Contest

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Shona
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3 months ago

uh is that a hand sticking out there....

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#43

This Welding Pumpkin

This Welding Pumpkin

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SomePeopleCallMeMaurice
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3 months ago

This is brilliant!

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#44

Johnny Depp Pumpkin

Johnny Depp Pumpkin

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Analyn Lahr
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3 months ago

Johnny Depp as Barnabas, I think.

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#45

One Of The Cooler Pumpkins Carvings I’ve Seen

One Of The Cooler Pumpkins Carvings I’ve Seen

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Madison Feehan
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3 months ago

This is incredible! At least that's how the eye of the beholder sees it.

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#46

I’ve Outdone Myself This Year

I’ve Outdone Myself This Year

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Madison Feehan
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3 months ago

BWAHAHAHAHA! Good one.

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#47

The Rosetta Stone Carved Into A Pumpkin

The Rosetta Stone Carved Into A Pumpkin

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Auntriarch
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3 months ago

I'm just waiting for someone to find a mistake...

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#48

Proud Of My Submission For The Office Pumpkin Decorating Contest Today

Proud Of My Submission For The Office Pumpkin Decorating Contest Today

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Andy Acceber
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3 months ago

What kind of office do you have? This definitely wouldn't be allowed any place I've ever worked.

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#49

Is My Rick And Morty Pumpkin Worthy Of Your Praise?

Is My Rick And Morty Pumpkin Worthy Of Your Praise?

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Vampiresinthetardis
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3 months ago

Geez rick

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#50

We Made This For A Pumpkin Decorating Contest At Work

We Made This For A Pumpkin Decorating Contest At Work

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Jess Ovo
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3 months ago

The sash wringing.. the trash thinging.. mash flinging..

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