Free Printable Pumpkin Carving Stencils & Templates for Halloween

Last updated: October 28, 2023

Free printable pumpkin carving stencils and designs to help you carve the best Jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween! On this page you'll find a huge range of easy and fun jack-o'-lantern pumpkin patterns for how to carve a scary pumpkin face! And there are also printable pumpkin templates for flying bats, owls, witches, ghosts, and lots more spooky Halloween designs!

pumpkin carving stencils

On this page you'll find lots of printable pumpkin carving designs for how to carve your Halloween pumpkin, with free printable pumpkin stencils to suit beginners to advanced carvers. From spooky jack-o'-lantern faces to friendly pumpkin faces for little kids, we hope you find a free jack-o'-lantern pattern that you like! Plus you'll find lots of spooky pumpkin carving templates, including bats, ghosts, witches on broomsticks, spiders, and more!

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Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils & Printable Designs

In this section you'll find lots of free printable pumpkin carving patterns, ideas, and printable stencils to help you make this Halloween the spookiest one yet! From traditional pumpkin carving stencils, with easy shapes to carve out, to hard pumpkin carving designs, we hope you find one that you like!

If the pumpkin face pattern isn't the right size for your pumpkin, scale the size of the stencil up or down in your printer settings, or use a photocopier to shrink or enlarge the template.

How to Carve a Pumpkin for Halloween

Carving your pumpkin is a big part of getting ready for Halloween! Whether you've purchased your pumpkins at the store or picked them directly from the pumpkin patch, it's time to find the perfect free printable pumpkin carving pattern to suit each pumpkin's shape and start creating your Halloween masterpiece!

pumpkin carving stencils

You can buy a pumpkin carving kit with a mini saw and other tools to help you carve your design, or simply use what you have in your kitchen drawer. A serrated knife, large spoon, a pointy tool like a toothpick, and a sharp paring knife are all that you need, plus a big bowl to put all the pumpkin goop!

Start by cutting a circle around the stem of the pumpkin using a serrated knife, and remove this piece. It should be big enough that your hand will fit through easily. Now it's time to remove the pulp and seeds (which my children call the "guts"!) of the pumpkin. If the flesh of the pumpkin is really thick, you can scrape a spoon around the inside of the pumpkin to thin out the flesh before you carve.

Tape your chosen free pumpkin template design onto the outside of your pumpkin. Use a toothpick or sharp pointed tool to push through the paper onto the pumpkin's surface along the lines of the template. When you remove the printed template, you will see a line of dots showing where the template has been transferred onto your pumpkin. Cut along the dotted line using a serrated or paring knife to create your spooky masterpiece! Once you're finished carving, place a candle (or several, depending upon size) inside, and put your jack-o'-lantern out on your porch for everyone to see and admire!

Printable Bat Templates & Outlines

Free printable bat templates to help you create Halloween crafts in minutes! On this page you'll find a great range of bat shapes and sizes for all your spooky creations! With blank outlines and black bat shapes to choose from, plus super cute vampire bat templates to color in too, we hope you find the perfect printable!

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Free Printable Pumpkin Templates

We hope you found lots of pumpkin carving ideas on this page! If you're looking for more pumpkin craft ideas, take a look at our free pumpkin templates & outlines page. Use them as coloring pages or for fun fall crafts and activities.

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Pumpkin Coloring Pages

Looking for more pumpkin activities to do this Halloween? Our free printable pumpkin coloring pages are fabulous for Thanksgiving, Halloween, or Fall-themed activities! On this page you'll find a huge range of pumpkin images, from simple pumpkin outlines to spooky carved pumpkins, and more intricately-patterned designs for big kids and adults to color in too!

And while you're in the mood for all things pumpkin & spooky, check out our massive collection of the best Halloween Jokes, Skeleton Puns, and Spider Puns.

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Halloween Coloring Pages

For more spooky coloring sheets, take a look at our full collection of Halloween Coloring Pages, Candy Coloring Sheets, and Sugar Skull Coloring Pages, plus check out our Halloween jokes and Halloween word searches.

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