14 Halloween Pinterest Fails That Are Terrifying in All the Wrong Ways

10/28/2015 at 12:38 PM ET

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Pinterest fails have become our favorite thing about any upcoming holiday — and Halloween is no exception.

Hopeful pinners put their best creative foot forward and, from time to time, their attempt at intricate projects are met with  sad results.

As Oct. 31 approaches, everything from butchered pumpkins to botched baked goods have been popping up social media. Here are some of the best (or worst, depending on your perspective).

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One hopeful Instagram user‘s domestic journey started out so promising…until the cookies came out of the oven.


It looks like someone squashed these bugs before they could be eaten — but we’re betting they’re pretty tasty either way.


#nailedit #pinterestfail #halloween #pumpkin #cakepops

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Nothing says Halloween like misshapen oval cakes covered in globs of orange icing.


My #pinterestfail cookies. The potential versus the outcome.

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It wasn’t her intention, but now this user has multi-colored cookie cake. That’s just as good, right?

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“If anyone needs pumpkin carving lessons, let me know if you find a place cause home girl needs them too,” wrote this defeated whittler.


Cutting pumpkin faces out of chives may look easy, but this user proves you’re more likely to end up with sad-looking clowns — which is actually appropriately creepy for the holiday.


Let’s be real, we’d eat pigs in a blanket no matter what they looked like.


Well it's the thought that counts 😕😳🎃 #pinterestfail #itried

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“It’s the thought that counts,” wrote one user. But in this case, we’re not so sure.

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Working with caramel can be both tricky and sticky, so it’s no surprise these treats are not picture perfect.


Pinterest Fail. #womenirl @womenirl #HalloweenIRL

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Complicated ikat designs look like a good idea, but are probably best left to the artistically-inclined.


Frankenstein was supposed to look grotesque, so these are actually right on the money.

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Looks like Dracula might need some braces, too.


Okay, so these are a little rougher around the edges…literally. At least people will know they’re homemade?


“Not a perfect match but hey they taste good!” wrote this user. And, hey, at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

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—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Bree on

You’re all just really bad at baking.

Carla on

LMAO!!!!! These are awesome. They are so bad, they are funny

Suzanne on

Bree – well, good morning! They may be bad at baking but you’re bad at being a nice, decent human being. Have a wonderful day! – Suzanne

drgrady on

Am guessing the original pins didn’t turn out right the first time either. (:

NaxyMaxy on

Pinterest is a network of housewives. If you need a real DIY costume that just stands out, try http://haloweencostumes5.weebly.com/

Guest on

They look funny, but if they taste good, I’d devour them anyway!

Bree on

Hey Suzanne, my comment was made in jest. Try not to be so uptight.

What on

This had me laughing so hard. I actually tried to do the mummy hotdogs and they turned out horrible.

maria on

Naxy, you sound like a bitter manless hag. What’s wrong with being a housewife and creative? Tons of people use the site. Have gotten ideas covering all bases from there.

These fails always make me chuckle. I’m a decent baker but have also gotten a couple recipes from the site wrong. When I return home I’ll attempt something with apples and a coffe cake one.

If nothing else, looking at all the pretty dishes make me happy.

A Proverbs 31 Wife on

Hysterical!!!! I’ve definitely had my share of fails, but they were just cases of my creativity outrunning my actual skills.

Some of these look like people didn’t read the directions, while others like the mummy dogs and caramel apples are very difficult and require some exactness or certain brands.

Sadly enough some of these tutorial videos just make it look really easy and don’t give details.

MW on

Thanks for the laugh!!

Blue Buddha on

Many of them are really not that bad. Not particularly photo quality but a good solid effort. I think a lot of people mistake those Pinterest images much like we mistake catalog images in fashion mags. We don’t see the 40 failed attempts and nice camera and lighting effects.

Well done all around. But that pumpkin cake. That’s um…I think that one crawled out of a swamp.

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