Looking for some pumpkin carving help this Halloween? Need a free pattern, stencil, template, cutout, or decorating idea for your Jack O’Lantern carving contest? Scary. I know. But don’t fear, I have 6 free scary Halloween stencils (templates or patterns) for your pumpkin carving pleasure. Or try these: Extreme Pumpkins: Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs and 20 Extreme Pumpkin Carving Designs (from Frightful to Fabulous) if you want more of a pumpkin carving challenge.

So go ahead, make a face, decorate a devil, or craft a cat. Personally, I go batty over bats…but I digress. Feel free to download any or all of these free Halloween pumpkin patterns and don’t be a scaredy cat to customize your own creation from these templates.

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Download: Bat Stencil (PDF) Download: Vampire Stencil (PDF)
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Download: Black Cat Stencil (PDF) Download: Cat Stencil (PDF)
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Download: Jack Stencil (PDF) Download: Devil Stencil (PDF)

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Pumpkin Carving Stencil Instructions:

  1. Download the free pumpkin stencil/pattern you like best, and print.
  2. Using scissors, remove the black area of the stencil, leaving the white space free from scissor marks.
  3. Trim and make small incisions in the stencil. This helps it to lay flat on the face of the pumpkin. Tape the edges of the stencil to the pumpkin.
  4. Transfer the pattern by tracing a marker or pen along the stencil. Alternatively, poke holes along the pattern with a tool or needle. Remove stencil.
  5. Prepare your pumpkin by removing the top or base, removing the pulp and seeds, and scraping the inside.
  6. Using a sharp knife, or a Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit carve your scary face! See How to Carve a Pumpkin.

If you’re not into carving your pumpkin, use the stencils to create a design and then paint! Yes, you can display a painted pumpkin on Halloween! Painting a design is safer and can be a fun project for kids. Who doesn’t like a green pumpkin with red blood and blue guts?

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Do you carve or paint pumpkins for Halloween? Have a favorite Jack O’Lantern design or pattern? What do you do with your pumpkins after the frightful night? (Yes, I’m looking for some frugal pumpkin ideas. Boo!)