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Pumpkin Carving: Fun Ideas from 27 Free Stencils

Years of pumpkin carving projects have taught us that it’s much easier to create memorable designs when you start with a stencil. Here are some to get you started.

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Pumpkin Pattern #1: Who, Me?

Pumpkin Pattern #1: 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 #2: Cat's Whiskers

Pumpkin Pattern #2: 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 #3: Casper the Friendly Ghost

Pumpkin Pattern #3: 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 #4: Starry Night

Pumpkin Pattern #4: 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 #5: Hissing Cat

Pumpkin Pattern #5: 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 #6: Tombstones

Pumpkin Pattern #6: Tombstones

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

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Pumpkin Pattern #7: Lopsided Grin

Pumpkin Pattern #7: 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 #8: Devil-May-Care

Pumpkin Pattern #8: 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 #9: Scary Face

Pumpkin Pattern #9: Scary Face

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

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Pumpkin Pattern #10: Creepy Owl

Pumpkin Pattern #10: 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 #11: Death's Head

Pumpkin Pattern #11: 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 #12: Happy Jack

Pumpkin Pattern #12: 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 #13: Wink Wink!

Pumpkin Pattern #13: Wink Wink!

Here’s a design idea your neighbours 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 #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