Here’s a fun, festive, and fabulously creepy collection of pumpkin carving stencils for Halloween! These designs include witches and bats, zombies and ghosts, tombstones and monster trees.
CARVING YOUR PUMPKIN, STEP-BY-STEP
OPEN: Get your pumpkin ready for its transformation into a jack-o-lantern by cutting a wide (usually at least six inches in diameter) circle around the stem. Carefully remove it and keep it nearby — this will be your lid to open the pumpkin.
CLEAN: You will need to take out the gooshy, stringy pumpkin guts and seeds! (Keep those seeds, though — they are delicious when they’re toasted or roasted.) Using a spoon, scrape out the inside of your pumpkin — and the lid! — a little bit to make the surface free of the soft flesh, so the inside doesn’t get moldy or start to rot as quickly.
CHOOSE: Download and print out the stencils/templates you would like to use. Tape it to the pumpkin on the side that looks best, free from bumps or discoloration, and where you will have enough space to work.
POKE: With a toothpick, pumpkin carving kit transfer tool, pen, or another sharp object that is safe and appropriate for the age and skill of the person wielding it, tap small holes around the outer lines of the template pattern. Push hard enough so you will be able to see where to cut when the paper is removed, but don’t poke through the pumpkin.
CUT: Using a pumpkin carving kit tool (or a knife, if you’re an adult), carefully cut along the dots of your design. You may want to cut in layers for additional precision. Push out and remove the pumpkin shell pieces, and your design will be ready to display!
Click on any of the faces below to get a larger version to print!
Creepy ghouls & zombie Halloween pumpkin patterns
Creepy Halloween jack o lantern templates
Halloween flying witch silhouette template design
These jack-o-lantern carving stencils make witches flying on broomsticks on your Halloween jack-o-lantern!
Witch hat shapes for pumpkin carvings
Ghost pumpkin carving patterns
Flying bat designs for your Halloween decorations
Print out these bat pumpkin carving stencils to make this design of flying bats on your Halloween jack-o-lantern!