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Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns

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Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Stencils

Is your Jack-o-lantern a simple grinning pumpkinhead? Turn him into something wild and creative with free pumpkin stencils you can find on the web. Below you'll find a list of sites offering free stencils, as well as information about tools and books that can help you create great-looking pumpkins, some videos to inspire you and some history about jack-o-lanterns. Get started now with these great free pumpkin carving patterns.

(Photo by Lisa Howard)

Don't settle for a plain pumpkin! There are plenty of places online that can help you create a cool jack-o-lantern. You'll be able to carve everything from Halloween witches and ghosts to scary beasts with help from these free sites.

Free Pumpkin Carving


Pumpkin Stencil Maker - Better Homes and Gardens

Kim's Free Pumpkin Patterns -

Free Carving Patterns - The Pumpkin Lady

Pumpkin Cutouts - History Channel

Pumpkin Carving Templates - KOA

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas - Celebrating Halloween

Patterns - Zombie Pumpkins

Nick Jr. Pumpkin Patterns

Pumpkin Stencils - Hershey TrickorTreats

Put Your Own Face in Fun Halloween ECards

Halloween ecards

Halloween ecards

Personalize your own funny Halloween cards at JibJab.

Make the Most of Your Pumpkin Carving Patterns - Dremel pumpkin carving kit makes it easy to create amazing jack-o-lanterns

More Pumpkin Carving Tools - Creating the perfect jack-o-lantern is easier with the right tools

Free Halloween Photo E-Cards

Share your pumpkin carving creations with friends!

Smilebox is one of my favorite sites because they offer the ability to create wonderful e-cards that you can personalize with your own photos and text. They offer a wide variety of themes for Halloween in both a free (ad-supported) version or a premium ad-free version for only $2.99.


Throughout Britain and Ireland, there is a long tradition of carving lanterns from vegetables, particularly the turnip. This can be traced back to the legend of Stingy Jack, who tricked the Devil and was sent wandering the earth for eternity with an ember placed in a carved turnip. But not until 1837 does jack-o'-lantern appear as a term for a carved vegetable lantern, and the carved lantern does not become associated specifically with Halloween until 1866. Significantly, both occurred not in Britain or Ireland, but in North America. Historian David J. Skal writes,

"Although every modern chronicle of the holiday repeats the claim that vegetable lanterns were a time-honored component of Halloween celebrations in the British Isles, none gives any primary documentation. In fact, none of the major nineteenth-century chronicles of British holidays and folk customs make any mention whatsoever of carved lanterns in connection with Halloween. Neither do any of the standard works of the early twentieth century."

In America, the carved pumpkin was first associated with the harvest season in general, long before it became an emblem of Halloween. The poet John Greenleaf Whittier, who was born in 1807, wrote in "The Pumpkin" (1850):

"Oh!-fruit loved of boyhood!-the old days recalling,

When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!

When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,

Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!"

Source: Wikipedia

Pumpkin Carving Books - If you want more help, try these books for tips and ideas

Extreme Pumpkin Carving - For advanced carvers...

Pumpkin Carving is Fun

By FOX 52 [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

By FOX 52 [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

Any Pumpkin Carving Tips?

Susie05 on November 08, 2013:

This is so cool!! Love the pumpkin carving ideas!

Dawn Romine from Nebraska on October 21, 2013:

Time for me to start looking for a deer pumpkin stencil. My hubby might even carve one this year

klbhokie on October 18, 2013:

Great lens! I have heard that rubbing petroleum jelly on the cut, "open" areas of a pumpkin seals in moisture and helps delay molding.

hgb282 on October 02, 2013:

The 5 min. 3D pumpkin face caving video is fantastic. Helpful ideas. Thanks

kristopherstarliper on September 25, 2013:

Great lens! I like the Mr. Potato Head Pumpkin. I might just get lazy this year and do that. I'll tell people it's Mr. Potato Head wearing a pumpkin costume.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on September 07, 2013:

I do love Halloween and enjoy looking at all the fun pumpkins

OUTFOXprevention1 on August 26, 2013:

Great carving ideas! Can't wait for fall.

TemporaryTattoo1 on November 13, 2012:

Great lens, pity I didn`t come across this in time for halloween.

Essentially Ind on November 09, 2012:

Liked your lens.........:)

cinefile on November 07, 2012:

Love halloween. sadly we had almost no kids show up this year!

poorwendy lm on November 04, 2012:

Great resource that I actually visited for this year's Halloween.

ziijfurntiture1 on November 04, 2012:

This lens was hit, and I hope so it'll stay until next Halloween :)

earaja on November 03, 2012:

nice advise for pumpkin carving

AJ from Australia on October 31, 2012:

Happy Halloween! Again!

anonymous on October 31, 2012:

great lens :)

salele on October 31, 2012:

Very nice pumpkin carving lens and educative too.

neomil on October 30, 2012:

I like this lens

John Dyhouse from UK on October 30, 2012:

Just in time for the celebrations tomorrow night - thanks

Kumar P S on October 30, 2012:

Great Lens ! Thanks for sharing.

AstroGremlin on October 27, 2012:

The modern pumpkin carving tool sets are safe even for younger kids. It's more fun than watching a grown-up do it.

Alan Katz from Florida on October 25, 2012:

Thanks for sharing. My daughter and I loved it.

TravelEase on October 25, 2012:

Imaginative designs.

jessjohnson lm on October 24, 2012:

This is just awesome artwork! Wish I could do one. Great lens!

UltimatePumpkinStencils on October 23, 2012:

Hey Pumpkin Carvers! We have a great deal on right now at Add $20 worth of stencils to your basket, enter coupon code: 2012deal at checkout, then watch your order instantly decrease by 50%! This counts for all additional products added also during that purchase :-) Happy Carving!

Promotion ends October 24th

anonymous on October 23, 2012:

Brilliant ideas! Thanks!

Marti Lawrence from Grain Valley, Missouri on October 22, 2012:

What awesome pumpkin carving artwork! I'd never seen the Mr. Potato Head set - what a clever idea that is!

David Stone from New York City on October 22, 2012:

Just decided to come by and sprinkle some angel dust now that I got my wings back.

ShineRita on October 21, 2012:

These days I am thinking about it! The book of "Pumpkin Carving" seems helpful.

IngridGras on October 16, 2012: talent

UltimatePumpkinStencils on October 12, 2012:

Ultimate Pumpkin Stencils has a great video on how to carve a pumpkin with POWER TOOLS! This should help you carve your tough skinned pumpkins.

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on October 11, 2012:

@LynetteBell: Nice question, I was wondering the same, you can't even peel the skin off, you have to bake some with the skins still on.

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on October 11, 2012:

I have a hard are pumpkins in the uSA as in NZ they very hard? We have grey skin pumpkins which are not as big as the ones shown in the US webs etc. I have trouble cutting ours in half let alone carving them. So have been wondering just how hard are they? Also we are in Spring not Autumn so pumpkins not plentiful.

anonymous on October 07, 2012:

Great lens, thanks for sharing!

dpgal on October 03, 2012:

Great ideas. I am no artist so pumpkin carving stencils are the way to go! Fun video too.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on September 30, 2012:

I've got some fun pumpkin stencils on my web site - love your collection of carving templates!

casquid on September 26, 2012:

The pumpkin carving video was fun to watch. Trying that this year! Thanks!

MalenasMom on September 25, 2012:

Great ideas thanks!

bidandrew on September 23, 2012:

Autumn-to-do-list! yay! :)

bwet on September 22, 2012:

Terrific ideas you have here. Gonna try doing one myself

UltimatePumpkinStencils on September 21, 2012:

Ultimate Pumpkin Stencils is offering some free pumpkin stencils to join our facebook page: Happy Carving!

Country Sunshine from Texas on September 19, 2012:

I've never been good at carving pumpkins. Patterns are the way to go!

jasminesphotogr on September 19, 2012:

Love this lens! I wanted to try some carving stencils this year.

DebMartin on September 19, 2012:

Always looking for a new pattern. Love, love, love carving a pumpkin each year. d

Spiderlily321 on September 19, 2012:

These ideas are so cool. That video has some awesome carving tips. My sister, who is a great artist, is really good at doing pumpkin carvings. I'm not so great at it, but I might try to do some this year. Thank you for sharing.

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on September 18, 2012:

I never had a pumpkin turn out like these! Wonderful job--guess I'll have to give it another try :>)

saltwaterfishtankguide on September 18, 2012:

Great Lens, easy to see why you are a "giant squid". Keep on creating. If you get a chance stop by my mine some time.

bossypants on September 18, 2012:

Who knew people carved turnips? Well, you did! Love the information on this lens as well as the resources!

ohcaroline on September 18, 2012:

What a great lens! I liked all the ideas.

Sparkler923 on September 17, 2012:

Thanks for the pumpkin patterns. Now where did I put my pumpkin =)

air ambulance s on September 17, 2012:

Ray's a genius. I'm speechless. That is just pure gift and talent. Thanks for sharing! Great lens!

Onemargaret LM on September 15, 2012:

Really cute lens!

KimGiancaterino on September 15, 2012:

Boo-lessed! Happy Halloween 2012!

Camden1 on September 13, 2012:

I always use patterns when I carve my pumpkins - I love the way they turn out! Pinned so I can find this closer to Halloween.

radasum on September 12, 2012:

Good ideas for pumpkin carving patterns. Nice lens.

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on September 11, 2012:

Boo blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on September 11, 2012:

This is a great site for free pumpkin carving patterns, thanks for sharing.

anonymous on September 10, 2012:

Very cool idea, nice lens.

anonymous on September 09, 2012:

great lens

MisterHalloween on September 03, 2012:

Fantastic job on the lens. Tons of great pumpkin carving ideas for the upcoming 2012 Halloween season. Carving pumpkins is one of my favorite activities I look forward to every year. This lens will help me out and inspire me with some new designs. Thanks!

Shannon from Florida on August 30, 2012:

Fun ideas! My kids always insist that we carve pumpkins each year, and I'm always glad that we do. It's so much fun!

mouse1996 lm on August 29, 2012:

Fun ideas for pumpkin carving. I love how artistic some pumpkins can look.

LaMode on August 29, 2012:

Very Nice

MarkSierra on August 29, 2012:

I have no tips to offer, but can give you a WOW on that video. That guy is simply amazing!

anonymous on August 29, 2012:

A great lens with lots of pictures and instruction to inspire me to carve a pumpkin. Pinned and blessed by a Squid Angel..

KandDMarketing on August 29, 2012:

Great lens!

vinodkpillai lm on August 29, 2012:

beautiful lens with lots of info and an amazing, inspiring video...... thanks for sharing!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 28, 2012:

I am always amazed at the skill some people have in carving fabulous looking Jack O' Lanterns! Great resources here for patterns.

orthopedic dog b on August 28, 2012:

Been looking for this stuff. Thanks.

Aster56 on August 28, 2012:

Beautiful pumpkin carvings.

compugraphd on August 27, 2012:


Being Jewish, Halloween isn't a holiday we celebrate (except to give goodies to the kids who come to the door), so pumpkin, to me, is something to eat, not carve.

DigbyAdams on August 26, 2012:

Thanks for pulling all this information together. I love jack-o-lanterns and carved pumpkins. Finding unusual patterns is very time consuming.

Lenskeeper on August 25, 2012:

No. I'm a novice, but I do think that I may try to carve one this year. It's been a while since I've done that, but it looks like fun.

teamlane on August 25, 2012:

Very apropos lens for this upcoming time of year, eh! :)

KevCooper on August 23, 2012:

I can't believe it will soon be Pumpkin carving time again.

UltimatePumpkinStencils on August 16, 2012:

Hey! Don't forget about us... we have a great selection of pumpkin stencils for Halloween. Please add us to your list above. Happy Halloween! :)

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on August 15, 2012:

I'm going to try to get a little more creative this year! Thanks

jenjenjenga on August 13, 2012:


Renaissance Woman from Colorado on July 13, 2012:

You have really provided some great templates for memorable pumpkin carving. I'm hoping to take this year's jack-o-lanterns to a whole new level. Thanks!

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on July 13, 2012:

amazing creativity. love the ideas and carvings.

wiedruce on November 05, 2011:

Hello.. I love your lens..very interesting and full of ideas.. Thank you for sharing.

desa999 lm on November 04, 2011:

I like the layout of your lens. Very nicely done. I can see why you are so successful.

nigel7725 on November 03, 2011:

anonymous on October 31, 2011:

Great ideas for putting in the garden to light the way

anonymous on October 31, 2011:

carve outside! Great lens, 5*

poppy11 on October 29, 2011:

Thanks for this - our twin boys keep wanting to carve their pumpkins but my attempts have always seemed pretty amateurish. Now I have no excuse!

HuntAndFishGuides on October 28, 2011:

Thanks for the tips, we made a couple Angry Bird pumpkins this year and they looked cool as heck, but it just wasn't the same as carving them out.

anonymous on October 28, 2011:

Funny I never think about pumpkins til October

Jennifer_Glennon on October 28, 2011:

The best pumpkin carving tip that I came up with this year was to wait until my 4 year old was in bed. She was disappointed, but there was less blood shed.

Rose Jones on October 28, 2011:

"Vegetable Lantern." What a nice phrase! I will use that one for sure. I love our pumpkins, carved or not.

TopModels on October 28, 2011:

A most creative lens and it's no surprise to find it in the top ten Squidoo lenses.

bames24 lm on October 28, 2011:

great ideas for carvings... :)

rangiiria on October 24, 2011:

I cannot give you any pumpkin carving tips - looks like you've covered everything. Great lens

greenlungsofpoland on October 23, 2011:

nice still amazed at how long our friends in the USA celebrate Halloween for it's like a weekend in the UK and a whole month in the US and then straight into christmas - stop me my head is spinning

mistyblue75605 lm on October 20, 2011:

Awesome Halloween lens! I love to carve pumpkins.

CreativeExpress on October 20, 2011:

Since carving has never been my thing, I love the pirate idea from Mr. Potato Head:)! Great lens!

ShareBeez on October 17, 2011:

Love this and my kids are going to love them too!

jaredsgirl on October 13, 2011:

Awesome lens! Thanks for the free patterns and pumpkin carving tips! Very helpful.

Lisa Remmick on October 11, 2011:

Great work on the lens.... I love this time of year and have some great ideas for carving.

Heather B on October 09, 2011:

Nice lens :) I can't wait to get carving this year!

I've done a lens with the same theme and I've linked back to yours in my "Featured Lenses" section!

CatsEyeViewGifts on October 08, 2011:

I think I'm going to Funkin Carve this year -- enjoyed all the info on your lens! thanks for sharing

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