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

 pumpkinTatiana Ayazo /Rd.comFor the artsiest pumpkin on the block, try this pumpkin carving pattern from Remodelando la Casa.

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Boo!

pumpkinTatiana Ayazo /Rd.comGhosts may be scary, but this calligraphy stencil from Style Me Pretty Living gives your pumpkin some flair.

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Eek!

pumpkinTatiana Ayazo /Rd.comWhen 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

pumpkinTatiana Ayazo /Rd.com 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.

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Wink, wink!

 

PumpkinTatiana Ayazo/Rd.comHere'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?

PumpkinTatiana Ayazo/Rd.comGoofy, sure, but this wacky pumpkin face is simple enough for kids to help you carve it.



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Cat's whiskers

PumpkinTatiana Ayazo/Rd.comThis 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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Casper the Friendly Ghost

PumpkinNot too scary for little ones, this template is mostly curved lines, making it easier for pumpkin carving novices.

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Starry night

PumpkinTatiana Ayazo/Rd.comYou 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!

PumpkinMore 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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