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31 Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils to Take Your Jack-o’-Lantern to the Next Level

There's nothing like a light-filled jack-o'-lantern to put that finishing touch on your homemade Halloween decorations, and it’s much easier to create memorable designs when you start with a template. 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.

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Feathery fun

For the artsiest pumpkin on the block, you need to choose from the coolest pumpkin carving stencils. Try this pattern from Remodelando la Casa.

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Boo!

Ghosts may be scary, but pumpkin carving stencils don't have to be! This calligraphy stencil from Style Me Pretty Living gives your pumpkin some flair. Make sure you find your pumpkin at the best pumpkin patch in your state.

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Eek!

When ghosts and ghouls cross your path, there's only one thing you can say: Eeek! Style Me Pretty Living's typographic template gives a cool touch to a chilling night.

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Sweet stuff


Halloween is all about tricks and treats—emphasis on treats. This adorable pumpkin carving pattern (plus a full instructional video) from Lindsay Ann Bakes will add a sweet touch to any porch. Find out why we even carve pumpkins in the first place.

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Wink, wink!

Here's a pumpkin carving pattern 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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Who, me?

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

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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. You'll also love these 51 no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas.

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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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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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Hiss!

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. Check out these helpful tips for picking the perfect pumpkin to carve.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest