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Free Pumpkin Stencils for Halloween

It's Halloween! Scare the pants off everyone with these cool pumpkin stencils. Print them out for free, and get to carving your next spooky design!

Pick Out Free Pumpkin Stencils

Go through our library of free pumpkin carving patterns! You'll find all kinds of creepy ghosts, funny faces, vicious demons, and scary haunted houses. Click on your favorite stencil to download.

Free Pumpkin Carving Templates

Download any of these free pumpkin stencils from our library:

  • Ghost
  • Boo!
  • Angry face
  • Bat
  • Brain
  • Candle
  • Scary cat
  • Cauldron
  • Coffin
  • Winking face
  • Demon face
  • Dragon
  • Spooky Eyes
  • Vampire fangs
  • Funny monster
  • Ghost party
  • Goofy face
  • Dinosaur
  • Witch hat
  • Haunted house
  • Haunted mansion
  • Sleepy Hallow
  • Laughing face
  • Mummy
  • Night sky
  • Owl
  • Raven
  • Skull
  • Skull with bowtie
  • Creepy smile
  • Scared face
  • Specter
  • Spider
  • Tarantula
  • Spider web
  • Spooky tree
  • "Spooky"
  • Scary troll
  • Witch
  • Witch on broom
  • Wolf
  • Zombie
  • Zombie face
  • Zombie hand

Do You Need Pumpkin Carving Ideas?

You'll be the best decorated house on the block this Halloween! Here are some great pumpkin carving ideas for you to try.

Scary Halloween Pumpkin Stencils

Halloween stencil Skull Halloween stencil Zombie Hand Halloween stencil Demon

Cute Halloween Pumpkin Stencils

Halloween stencil Goofy Halloween stencil Ghost Party Halloween stencil Cracking Up

Jack o' lanterns are always wonderful decorations for a Halloween party! Download any of these free pumpkin carving stencils, get your tools ready, and have fun creating your designs.

How to Use Stencils to Make a Jack O' Lantern

You don't have to be an artist to create amazing Halloween pumpkins. All you need is a few free stencils and the right tools for the job.

What you'll need:

  • Pumpkin carving templates (download yours for free above)
  • Small to medium-sized pumpkins
  • Big spoon
  • Carving knives
  • Tape
  • Push pins
  • Sharpie (optional)

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1. Cut around the stem of the pumpkin to remove it.

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2. Use a big spoon to scoop out all the seeds and gunk inside the pumpkin, aka "the guts."

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3. Print out your free pumpkin carving pattern and cut the design out.

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4. Tape the paper to your pumpkin.

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5. Push the pins in around the design, so you make tiny holes that you can easily follow for carving. You can also trace the design with a Sharpie.

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6. Start carving the sections that are marked by the pins or Sharpie. You might want to change up the size of the knife you're using, depending on what you're carving.


How to Get Your Pumpkins to Last Longer on Halloween

You can make your pumpkins last longer on Halloween by dunking them for 2 minutes in a bucket of water mixed with 3 teaspoons of bleach. This will keep your carved pumpkins from rotting for up to 10 days!

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Time for a little DIY! Take your jack o' lanterns to the next level with these creative pumpkin decorating ideas.


1. Glitter

Everything's better with glitter. Sprinkle it over your entire pumpkin! The glitter pairs especially well with the night, owl, or skull stencils.


2. Paint

If you don't want to carve your pumpkins, you can also decorate them with paint. Download the stencils, cut out the shapes, and paint inside the lines.


3. Autumn Leaves

Sit your pumpkin in a bed of autumn leaves. This gives off all the fall feels and will make you want to curl up with a mug of hot cider.


4. Mod Podge Candy Wrappers

Cover the entire pumpkin using Mod Podge and candy wrappers. This is an eco-friendly way to use all that extra Halloween candy!


5. Barrel

Turn your pumpkin into a barrel. Fill it with apples or candy for trick or treaters.


6. Glow in the Dark Paint

Terrify the trick-or-treaters by adding glow in the dark paint to your pumpkin. This is a cool look for the demon or zombie pumpkin stencils!


7. Put on a Hat

Carve one of the pumpkin face stencils, and place a top hat, witch's hat, or baseball cap on the top. If you're really feeling creative, turn it into a whole pumpkin family!


8. Use an Interesting Tea Light

You can find tea lights that strobe, flash, or change colors. A fun light will make your jack o' lantern really come to life!

Pumpkin Stencils

How Else Can You Use Your Pumpkin Stencils?

You don't have to use the free pumpkin carving templates only to make jack o' lanterns. Download your favorite stencil and use it to decorate any of the following:

First, print the stencils out and hold them against any of these items. From there, use Sharpies, fabric markers, paint, and a variety of other art supplies to make fun Halloween decorations. They're a must-have at your next Monster Mash!

You have a whole day of arts and crafts ahead of you! Whether you use just one stencil or go crazy and do one hundred, you're sure to have fun with these spooky printable pumpkin carving templates.

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