(Not Another) List of Free Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Patterns
Free Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Templates
My brother's kids and I have a tradition of carving jack-'o-lanterns together every Halloween. What we have learned over the years is that carving a really good-looking pumpkin requires patience and planning. Sure, your idea may seem simple, but if you jump straight in and begin carving the image you have in your head, you will soon realize that it would be easier if you had the pattern already drawn out.
So the first thing we always do is search for pumpkin-carving templates online. After visiting a few sites, we usually decide on a few that we are all excited about.
Searching the Internet for Free Templates
In past years, there weren't a whole bunch of pumpkin-carving templates to choose from. This year, our experience was completely different: A quick search revealed a massive amount of websites offering free templates.
Unfortunately, most of those brand-new pumpkin-carving templates came with some type of catch and, in a sense, weren't really free. Here are a few things I noticed when downloading them for myself:
- Some sites want you to register before downloading templates.
- Others just want to put their tracking cookies on your computer.
- Some have annoying layouts that only let you view one template per page.
- Yet others feature patterns that even Picasso and Baccioni would find difficult.
To make a long story short, I ended up creating my own carving patterns and posting them here in order to solve the problem once and for all.
Truly Free and Easy Patterns
The one thing that these pumpkin-carving templates share is their level of difficulty: easy.
Each carving pattern is 100-percent free for you to download, print, and share with others. You don't have to register or sign up for a newsletter to get them. What's more, for those who share my pet peeve about only being able to view one template at a time, here, all of the templates are on one page.
Have you ever paid for pumpkin carving templates?
How to Use a Template
- To use a template, cut off the top of the pumpkin and clean out the insides.
- Print out the template and adhere it to the surface of the pumpkin you would like to carve.
- Then, use a sharp knife to cut along the edges of each black shape.
Without Further Ado: The Patterns
The descriptions you will see below are just a small taste of the many pumpkin-carving templates that you can download for free. Enjoy!
1. Cat Silhouette
A pumpkin-carving template collection is not complete without a cat. As a cat lover, I wouldn't have been satisfied without one. Here, a cat sits in profile, with an elegant, elongated tail. Once carved, you can sit the pumpkin by the entrance to your home, where this feline will appear to be guarding your doorstep.
2. Hissing Angry or Scared Cat
If you want to go with a more frightful cat, this is the perfect pattern. The cat will be hissing at whoever crosses your threshold.
3. Stormtrooper from "Star Wars"
For all those Star Wars fans out there, the stormtrooper is a classic minion to stand guard over your household. As far as difficulty goes, this one is easy.
4. "Ghostbusters" Logo
This pumpkin carving template is the Ghostbusters logo from the classic '80s movie of the same name. Use this template on Halloween to bring back the notorious Ghostbusters ghost, Slimer.
5. Scary Skull
The skull pattern on this page is one of my favorites. The malevolent slant to the eyes and menacing teeth make for an awesome carved pumpkin, and this template is really easy to carve just like every one on this page.
6. The Words "Happy Halloween"
Carving the words "Happy Halloween" into the side of a hollow pumpkin requires patience and is not as easy as you might think. But for those of you who want to, here is a template to do just that.
The size of the letters is a huge factor when carving the pumpkin. Print this pattern so that it is small enough to fit on one side of the pumpkin, so you are not carving the whole night.
7. Kanye West's "I'ma Let You Finish"
The other day, while minding my own business and making a few Halloween pumpkin-carving patterns, I was interrupted by a rude person. That's all the motivation I needed to make a Kanye West "I'ma let you finish" pumpkin-carving template.
You are free to do what ever you want with this. This pumpkin-carving pattern might be more entertaining as a surprise joke for a party—it's definitely a conversation piece.
Advanced Kanye West Pumpkin-Carving Pattern (Hard)
While on the topic of Kanye, here's a pumpkin-carving pattern from another site that just happens to be one of the most creative I've come across this Halloween.
This Kayne West pumpkin-carving pattern was created by Barry Cann. He also took the extra time to make a really quick step-by-step picture tutorial that shows how to make your own pattern. He uses a technique that scrapes away the surface of the pumpkin without cutting all the way through. This allows a glow to be seen through the pumpkin. The strength of the glow can be controlled by how much you scrape away, which allows a skilled artist to use shading in his design. It's a difficult technique, but the results are striking.
One thing is certain—Barry Cann is creative, and his pumpkin carving pattern of Mr. Kanye West is a reflection of that creativity.
If it's actually possible to make a pumpkin carving pattern scary enough to frighten others, then these next few patterns are the place to begin. Admittedly, probably only small children and toddlers can be scared by a jack-'o-lantern unless you have a phobia involving pumpkins.
This vampire's face has been thrown into relief, emphasizing his bulging forehead, menacing brows, and, of course, sharp pointy fangs.
9. Grim Reaper
There aren't very many free Grim Reaper pumpkin-carving patterns out there, but here is one carying a sickle. Very easy pumpkin carving pattern for me to carve.
10. Witch Flying on Broomstick
Here, a full moon outlines the silhouette of a witch flying on her broomstick. It's a classic Halloween motif that is extremely simple to carve.
This spider pumpkin carving pattern looks like a close-up view of a spider. You can get creative with this template by changing it so that the spider is dangling from a piece of silk or by altering the eyes.
This ghost pumpkin-carving pattern depicts an angry spirit. This pattern is very simple, as ghost templates tend to be.
13. Haunted House with Bat
Carve your pumpkin using this haunted house pumpkin-carving pattern. This stencil can get a little tricky because of the thin pieces between the windows. On a medium-sized pumpkin, I would recommend leaving the upper windows out. Otherwise, for greater ease, get a big pumpkin and enlarge the pattern so that it takes up the entire side you are carving.
14. Traditional Pumpkin Face
Here is a traditional pumpkin face. If you want your pumpkin carving to look evil, simply turn the eyes upside down—you'll be surprised at how effectively that changes the entire demeanor. This is a great pumpkin project for beginners.
15. Cute Skeleton With Bat
Try carving this skeleton, who looks like he's ready to greet whomever comes to the door. Before carving, make sure your knife is sharp—the rib cage and arms are somewhat delicate.
16. Statue of Liberty
This patriotic Statue of Liberty pattern is perfect for tall pumpkins. You can modify the width of the outer oval is to suit the shape of your jack-'o-lantern.
17. Brian From "Family Guy"
Here's pumpkin-carving pattern of Brian from the TV show Family Guy. It shows the dog's typical languid expression.
18. Stewie From "Family Guy"
Of course, Stewie is the much more malignant character in the show, so a Stewie jack-'o-lantern may be more in line with the spirit of Halloween.
19. San Francisco Giants Baseball Logo
Above is an example of one way you can carve your pumpkin to represent your favorite sports team. What's more, the MLB has actually created pumpkin-carving patterns of the logos (and sometimes the players) for all of their teams. So no matter who you root for, there is a perfect jack-'o-lantern for you. Here are a few of the more popular:
- Dodgers Pumpkin
- Yankees Pumpkin Stencil
- Angels Pumpkin Stencils
- Rangers Pumpkin Stencils
- Reds Pumpkin Stencils
- Twins Pumpkin Stencils
- Rays Pumpkin Stencils
20. Michael Jackson
Carve your pumpkin using this Michael Jackson pumpkin carving pattern. This pattern requires some patience, but it is not extremely difficult.
21. Harry Potter
There are not many Harry Potter templates that are on the easy side so check this one out if you are a fan of the movies. It shows Harry's face with his signature lightning-bolt scar.
22. Edward Cullen from "Twilight"
Here is a stencil of a brooding Edward Cullen for fans of Twilight.
23. Homer Simpson
Looking for Simpsons templates and stencils? Here is Homer, with his characteristically vacuous expression.
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