Pumpkin carving is probably the thing I look most forward to each fall.
I always get excited when I see the first Halloween decorations in the stores, and I know autumn festivities are upon us when I see gorgeous pumpkins at the farmer’s market.
We usually carve one pumpkin for each person in the family. Since my kids are still little, we usually stay away from scary faces and find some Disney characters, animals, Halloween words, or fall patterns to cut out.
I’ve put together this handy list of over 800 free pumpkin stencils, and I am positive you will find some cool templates in this resource list.
Look No Further for Halloween Stencils to Print Out!
To get into the autumn spirit, I decided to kick off the season with a long post about all the wonderful FREE printable pumpkin carving stencils I’ve found online over the years. Pumpkins already cost enough; there’s no need to pay for access to a pumpkin stencil database!
I’ll try to include something for everyone, some easy & quick and some intricate, including printable animal templates, goofy pumpkin faces, traditional patterns like ghosts and bats, and, of course, Disney character stencils!
Printable Chevron Pattern – Perfect for Pumpkin Carving!
A post about printable pumpkin stencils wouldn’t be complete without the hottest print around – CHEVRON!
I tried doing a chevron pattern by hand on my pumpkin last year, and it was hideous! To save myself the hassle, I created my very own chevron pumpkin carving template to share! This stencil prints on a full sheet of paper and will make rather wide chevron stripes.
Click on the stencil image directly below to access the template for downloading and printing:
If you need narrower lines, here’s another full-page FREE chevron stencil.
Frozen Movie Pumpkin Carving Ideas & Templates
No matter what the occasion, my girls always beg for EVERYTHING to be Frozen-themed. Here are a few ideas or templates that fit the bill.
- Olaf Pumpkin Display – Stack 3 pumpkins in this cute design that makes a non-melting version of Olaf from Frozen!
- Anna, Elsa, and Hans Pumpkin Stencils – Honestly, I had a hard time finding these Frozen characters. The site Parenting Beyond has Frozen themed pumpkin stencils, but the site kept freezing. LOL Probably due to demand!
More Disney Pumpkin Carving Patterns
If your house is anything like mine, each child has his or her own favorite Disney characters. This year my girls said Elsa & Anna were their favorites, but in years past, it would have been a variety of Disney Princesses and characters.
Surprisingly, the Disney website doesn’t have a ton of options, but perhaps you’ll find your favorite character in this selection of 32 Disney pumpkin stencils. I know my kids would be thrilled to see Rapunzel, Lightning McQueen, Winnie the Pooh, Ariel, or Tinkerbell on a our porch!
Spoonful has a collection of 51 pumpkin carving ideas that includes many Disney character stencils.
Fall Pumpkin Stencils
These 14 easy printable pumpkin carving patterns from Southern Living include several fall leaves options. Could be nice for a more fall themed porch, rather than Halloween.
Here are 10 sets of fall leaf template cut outs to use in your autumn porch decorations.
A Variety of Printable Halloween Templates
DLTK Holidays offers a variety of 65 Halloween pumpkin designs. Something for adults and children, alike, including an alien, clown, cross, raven, spider, Blues Clues, Smurfs, and Thomas the Train themed stencils.
HGTV website offers 22 beginner pumpkin carving templates perfect for children old enough to handle a knife but young enough to lose interest before completing a detailed carving. Its sister collection is a set of 17 advanced designs.
The DIY Network offers 34 Halloween pumpkin templates. Some of my favorites that I didn’t see anywhere else are the chandelier, candy corn, and floating creepy eyes.
Stoneykins is in the business of selling pumpkin patterns, but also has a collection of 100 free Halloween stencils.
Here are 28 unique pumpkin designs from DotComWomen, including some scary images and even a cute flower stencil.
Unique & Traditional Jack-o-Lantern Designs – Happy Pumpkin Faces, Word Art, Creatures
The Better Homes & Gardens website has a collection of 32 unique & traditional jack-o-lantern designs, including a variety of silly pumpkin faces and phrases like “Happy Halloween.” Several templates in this collection are tame enough not to scare little ones.
Better yet, if you hop on over to BHG’s complete stencil gallery, you’ll find 150+ additional pumpkin templates, including 7 Woodland Creatures, 11 Pop Culture icons (Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Britney Spears & more), 9 mythical creatures (including zombie & werewolf), 25 dog & 16 cat patterns, 24 pumpkin faces, 39 texting abbreviations (what?! weird, I know, but hey, you never know what teenager might actually choose these), 28 home design-inspired stencils (think: fleur-de-Lis, Greek keys, and gothic flowers), 15 intricate stencils for the master carver!
Hershey’s has quite the collection of pumpkin printables – 30 templates ranging from easy to advanced. My favorites are the simply ghost and scary cat, the intermediate mummy and “RIP,” and the advanced grim reaper and haunted house.
This set of 16 Halloween pumpkin words & phrases from Pumpkin Pile contains a few nice options like “ENTER IF YOU DARE” and “Trick or Treat.”
Martha Stewart never fails! Here is a collection of 46 pumpkin stencils, some traditional and some uniquely Martha Stewart. If you choose this option, you might be the only one on your block with a Victorian Gothic skull or Faux Bois (looping wood grain) pumpkin design!
Need a geeky design? PopSugar has you covered with these 30 geeky jack-o-lantern templates, including Star Wars, Hello Kitty, The Walking Dead, Angry Birds, and Minecraft themed designs.
Unique Pumpkin Stencils
The Pumpkin Glow website has 31 printable celebrity pumpkin templates. It’s probably the most eclectic selection of famous faces imaginable! I can totally see different people in my family choosing Elvis (my mom), John Wayne (my father-in-law), Napolean Dynamite, Jeff Gordon, and even Ben Franklin (seriously, my best friend would use this one!). LOL
Fantasy Pumpkin has a selection of truly unique Halloween templates. There are over 50, including dragons, unicorn, Angry Birds, Despicable Me Minions, and even Obama makes an appearance!
I love the idea of a glowing unicorn so much that I made my own pattern! You can grab this stencil for free by clicking on the link or image below.
Really, you could use this black & white unicorn template for all kinds of things, and not just for carving jack-o-lanterns!
Halloween Pumpkin Carving Tips
No matter how awesome your pumpkin template is, there are a couple things you can do to ensure your pumpkin carving lasts through Halloween.
- Choose a smooth pumpkin without nicks or bruises to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
- Don’t carry a pumpkin by the stem; the stem might break, and pumpkins may bruise after they hit the ground.
If you don’t have a pumpkin carving kit, you can use following household tools to carve the pumpkin – a large spoon, a sharp serrated knife, a nail, and a paring knife.
Armed with the appropriate pumpkin carving tools, Halloween stencil printouts, and a little elbow grease, anyone can create a lovely carved pumpkin. And my mom tip of the day 🙂 – Since pumpkin carving requires tools unsafe for small children, so make sure they are appropriately supervised at all times if they are helping out.
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