Pumpkin Carving Patterns: Fun Ideas from 27 Free Stencils

Get ideas to get carving: While lots of pumpkin decorating ideas don't involve a knife at all, there's nothing like a light-filled jack-o'-lantern to put that finishing touch on your homemade Halloween decorations. Years of pumpkin carving projects have taught us that it’s much easier to create memorable designs when you start with a stencil. So we found the best pumpkin patterns, from eerie faces to clever emoticons, and turned them into easy-to-use, free carving templates. Print the stencil you like, tape it on your hollowed-out pumpkin, and "trace" the pattern's lines by poking pinholes over them. Then pull the paper off, carve over the pinhole lines, and you’ll have a jack-o'-lantern ready for Halloween. Want to keep the family entertained while you carve your pumpkin? Try popping in one of the best Halloween movies for kids.

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Pumpkin Pattern #1: Wink Wink!

Pumpkin Pattern #1: Wink Wink!

Here's a design idea your neighbors will LOL over: an emoticon-friendly face. And best of all? This text-worthy pumpkin pattern is simple enough for even beginners to carve.

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Pumpkin Pattern #2: Who, Me?

Pumpkin Pattern #2: Who, Me?

Goofy, sure, but this wacky pumpkin face is simple enough for kids to help you carve it.

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Pumpkin Pattern #3: Cat's Whiskers

Pumpkin Pattern #3: Cat's Whiskers

This purrfectly cute pumpkin carving stencil isn't hard to create at home. You can skip the whiskers if your knife skills aren't up to the job.

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Pumpkin Pattern #4: Casper the Friendly Ghost

Pumpkin Pattern #4: Casper the Friendly Ghost

Not too scary for little ones, this template is mostly curved lines, making it easier for pumpkin carving novices.

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Pumpkin Pattern #5: Starry Night

Pumpkin Pattern #5: Starry Night

You and Van Gogh: This stencil offers a cool, twinkly evening scene that's different than the usual Jack. Feel free to mix up where the stars go, based on where your pumpkin's flattest (easiest to carve).

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Pumpkin Pattern #6: Hissing Cat

Pumpkin Pattern #6: Hissing Cat

More for an expert hand, this pumpkin carving template requires a steady knife to make sure that the cat's feet and tail don't separate from the base. If you slip, you can always "piece" it back together with toothpicks.

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Pumpkin Pattern #7: Tombstones

Pumpkin Pattern #7: Tombstones

Spooky gravestones are not hard to cut out, but they make a creepy jack o'lantern nonetheless.

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Pumpkin Pattern #8: Lopsided Grin

Pumpkin Pattern #8: Lopsided Grin

Watch for the eyes and teeth when you're carving out this pumpkin template: The squares and circles are tricky if your knife is larger. Switch to a smaller blade for the detail work if you need.

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Pumpkin Pattern #9: Devil-May-Care

Pumpkin Pattern #9: Devil-May-Care

This pumpkin carving template is more for the pros: Use a sharp, thin knife blade to trim away all the curls.

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Pumpkin Pattern #10: Scary Face

Pumpkin Pattern #10: Scary Face

This jack o'lantern's template is a classic: part devilsh grin, part evil genius.

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Pumpkin Pattern #11: Creepy Owl

Pumpkin Pattern #11: Creepy Owl

Whoo-whoo wants to make a different jack o'lantern this year? You do, with this easy, wide-image stencil.

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Pumpkin Pattern #12: Death's Head

Pumpkin Pattern #12: Death's Head

Start with the quirky eyebrows first, then work your way down the face for an easier pumpkin carving experience.

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Pumpkin Pattern #13: Happy Jack

Pumpkin Pattern #13: Happy Jack

If you're a little rusty in your pumpkin carving skills, try cutting out the entire triangle for eyes and half-circle for the mouth; you can always cut in eyeballs and teeth and spear them in with toothpicks.

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Pumpkin Pattern #14: Flying Witch

Pumpkin Pattern #14: Flying Witch

Start slowly by lightly tracing the outline of the witch with your knife; then go around again and cut deeper into the pumpkin, to outline the figure in the template.

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Pumpkin Pattern #15: Haunted House

Pumpkin Pattern #15: Haunted House

This silly, almost human house will cast creepy shadows on the wall. If you're unsure of your pumpkin carving skills, you can skip the extra cuts for the roof and simplify the entire template.

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Pumpkin Pattern #16: Boo!

Pumpkin Pattern #16: Boo!

Pumpkin carving pros: Take it to the next level by adding an open-mouth scream to this eerie ghost template.

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Pumpkin Pattern #17: Scary Spider

Pumpkin Pattern #17: Scary Spider

Black widow: Trace the outline of the spider's body with your knife, then use a thinner, sharp knife to really etch out the eight legs.

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Pumpkin Pattern #18: Gone Batty

Pumpkin Pattern #18: Gone Batty

You'll be done with this pumpkin stencil in no time with its easy-to-carve pattern. Great for kids to help, and you can make more than one bat if your surface is large enough.

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Pumpkin Pattern #19: Skull

Pumpkin Pattern #19: Skull

Watch for the tiny pieces between the skull top and bottom, and the bridge of the nose; you'll want to carve the pumpkin carefully in those connecting spaces. A smaller paring knife might work well there.

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Pumpkin Pattern #20: Sweet Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pattern #20: Sweet Ice Cream

What a treat! A pumpkin carving template that's sure to please any kid; just watch for the spacing between scoops, which can be hard for beginners to get right.

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Pumpkin Pattern #21: Spooky Tree

Pumpkin Pattern #21: Spooky Tree

Once you get the base down, you can go free-form with the branches, letting the surface of your pumpkin be your guide to carving it.

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Pumpkin Pattern #22: Raven

Pumpkin Pattern #22: Raven

This creepy bird pattern can also be replicated in multiple times around the pumpkin, making for a very Hitchcock "The Birds" decoration. Amazing when lit.

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Pumpkin Pattern #23: Candy Corn

Pumpkin Pattern #23: Candy Corn

Trick or treat! Put this pumpkin out on the porch if yours is the house that's giving out the best candy.

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Pumpkin Pattern #24: Ghastly Ghost

Pumpkin Pattern #24: Ghastly Ghost

Do we have to spell it out for you? This pumpkin carving template makes for one silly jack o'lantern.

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Pumpkin Pattern #25: Joy Ride

Pumpkin Pattern #25: Joy Ride

Got kids who love cars? This pumpkin template ought to drive them over the edge of happiness.

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Pumpkin Pattern #26: Acorns

Pumpkin Pattern #26: Acorns

Fall is in the air with this festive pumpkin template, which is easy to knock out in minutes.

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Pumpkin Pattern #27: My Lips Are Sealed

Pumpkin Pattern #27: My Lips Are Sealed

We won't tell anyone that you can make this pumpkin carving template using all easy, straight lines.

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71 thoughts on “Pumpkin Carving Patterns: Fun Ideas from 27 Free Stencils

  1. Thanks Did # 2. I was never good at this. Had a Large tall Pumpkin with 1 flat side so the pattern worked perfectly. Added fancy eye brows super quick with my fancy vegetable cutter. Start to finish from printing to cleanup to lit with candles = 20 minutes. Super easy and fun. Wife and kids always did this before I opted out. Kids gone to college, did it for kids coming to door as my only decoration, looks awesome lit up.

  2. Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Stencils Up to the right click on it, then click on the pumpkin and scroll for the one you want. Great stencils, two great pumpkins carved so far!

  3. the only one that was ok was the devil, every other one completely sucked

  4. Sorry but i don’t see any stencils on this page, downloads have viruses why download something when you can go to a REAL website and print one? Really, whoever made this website, you can do better.

  5. if you cant see the pictures, the next link, or the download this stencil link, try a different browser. I had trouble viewing it with chrome but showed up fine in firefox

  6. Press the red arrow and the stencil changes gooddeeds364. There’s actually 28 stencils

  7. I don’t get what people are complaining about – these stencils look good for older children. Unless you gave birth to a mini Martha Stewart the more elaborate ones would be too difficult to carve. I think these look nice and I had no problems downloading the template.

  8. Seriously…people don’t understand what download this stencil means? Click on the those words in blue to the right of the picture, then print!!!

  9. I got the stencils just fine. Thanks for the patterns. I plan to use them with my engraving machine on wood.

  10. Very interesting pumpkin patterns! I consider #13 to be the best one. I will definitely use it for my next Halloween party.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  11. The stencils I believe are next to the pumpkin smiling guy….facing the computer it’s on the right where it says next. there are 28 of them. Hope it helps

  12. IS THAT IT TOMARROW IS HALLOWEEN THANKS TO YOU I DONT HAVE A PUMPKIN WERE ARE STENCILS WHEN YOU NEED THEM>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>3 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX33333333333333333333333333333333333333

  13. This site is useless!! I hate it! This really,truly needs improvement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. One of the best sites I found today for easy, kid-friendly templates… Thank You!!

  15. they are the crappest thing i have ever saw i cant even see the bloody stencils and i should hope they were free

  16. click the white arrow in the pumkin pic to go to the next picture. then hit the link that says “download” =]

  17. Cant draw lines? Takes a lot of ink when you fill in the pictures black……

  18. On the upper right hand side there’s the link where it says “next” to see the rest patterns.

    To print, download the stencil on the right as well if anyone noticed.

  19. this is the suckiest website on the earth it does not even give stencils so sucky they should take this website off it is no use i will just carve a pumpkin by myself now i will surely lose the pumpkin carving contest for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. thanks so much for the stencils made my job so easy kids loved them

  21. Something borked here… I can’t go beyond the first picture and nothing shows.

  22. not many of them hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  23. not many of them hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  24. not many of them hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  25. people need you to baby feed them nowadays…it’s getting sad

  26. Am I just old fashioned or is it just kinda silly to put an ice cream cone on a Halloween jack-o-lantern?

  27. ugh! trying to find a cool pumpkin with fire eyes and fire mouth! SO HARD! grrr! 

  28. Click the print button and the pics will show up.  Don’t get too excited…

  29. getting the run around have tried several different ways to try to get to stencils and still come up with nothing.  Feel like a dog chasing it’s tail, this doesn’t kinda suck it does suck in a big way.  Thanks for wasting my time.

  30. Cant believe people complain about free stencils, if you want better i suggest you put your hand in your pocket and actually pay for more unique ones. so stop complaining about freebies.

    1. Refresh your browser, the “Next” button comes up and takes you to 28 stencils!

  31. Thanks a lot! We also had a lot of fun this afternoon carving pumpkins!

  32. This was a fun project for our boys!  We ended up cutting out the eyes, nose and eyebrows, etc… Then we taped them on the pumpkins how we liked, and traced around them with dry erase pens. Then we cut out the shapes.  Thanks for putting this activity on your site!

  33. Reader’s Digest IT tech need to reevaluate this website. Each edition offers sites that are interesting but unavailable when you try to go to the second pix or text. The site just does not work when you try to navigate. What a waste of time and space.

    1. to the right of the picture there is a “download this stencil”, click on it and print it out.

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