30 Free Pumpkin Carving Templates to Take Your Jack-o’-Lantern to the Next Level
From the classic to the creepy to the cute, these pumpkin templates will have you carving a Halloween masterpiece that is the envy of the neighborhood.
Ready, set, carve!
This Halloween, get creative with your jack-o-lantern and go beyond basic triangles for eyes using these pumpkin carving templates along with these pumpkin carving tips to create a work of art. Print the stencil you like, tape it on your hollowed-out pumpkin then “trace” the pattern’s lines by poking pinholes over them. Pull the paper off, carve over the pinhole lines, and you’ll have a show-stopping Jack-o-Lantern to display. Insider tip: in areas where intricate cuts are required, instead of struggling through tough pumpkin skin, etch or peel it away, exposing easier to cut flesh. If you would rather not carve your pumpkin, try one of these cute no-carve pumpkin ideas instead. What are you waiting for? These are the best pumpkin patches in every state, find yours, then go grab your gourd!
Bat pumpkin stencil
A colony of vampire bats on a jack-o-lantern is scary, but not as terrifying as the origins of these Halloween monsters.
Candy corn pumpkin stencil
Everyone loves trick-or-treating for the goodies, including candy corn.
Cat pumpkin stencil
A purr-fect way for cat lovers to celebrate the season, stencil this adorable cat face onto a pumpkin.
Clown pumpkin stencil
If you suffer from coulrophobia, scroll past this clown pumpkin carving stencil is not for you. If you’re looking for some decor that will come straight to your door, check out these Amazon Halloween decorations that are worth buying early.
Cyclops pumpkin stencil
Like one of these spooky Halloween monsters, this mythical cyclops makes a spooky good time.
Dog pumpkin stencil
Although this adorable dog stencil is more cuddly than nightmarish; blinking lights and ringing doorbells can frighten all the members of your household. Try dressing your pup up in one of these Halloween costumes for dogs.
Dragon pumpkin stencil
The glow from the jack-o-lantern will make this fabled fire-breathing creature even more realistic.
Ghost pumpkin stencil
While this pumpkin carving template of a ghost is friendly, not all ghosts are as these spooky stories prove.
Haunted house pumpkin stencil
Haunted houses are meant to be a little off-kilter, making this one of the best pumpkin carving stencils if straight lines is not your thing.
Mermaid pumpkin stencil
Skip the spooky and go for whimsical with this under-the-sea, fantasy figure. Instead of pretty creepy, this mermaid Jack-o-Lantern is just pretty.
Moon pumpkin stencil
One of the easiest pumpkin carving stencils to follow, this is a perfect choice for beginner carvers. Use this stencil to capture a crescent moon on a shadowy night.
Ogre pumpkin stencil
Call him an ogre, a troll, or a hobgoblin. This fabled creature makes for a surprising, if not slightly terrifying, jack-o-lantern choice.
Owl pumpkin stencil
Do I hear a hoot? Sure, they might look cute; but owls have a creepy side. Just like some of the characters in the spookiest horror films, their head can swivel almost all the way around.
Raven pumpkin stencil
Often thought of as the bearers of ominous news, ravens with their pointed beaks and razor-sharp talons are not a bird you want to meet on a dark night.
Scarecrow pumpkin stencil
With its grizzly grimace and eerie eyes, this is not the likable scarecrow from children’s movies. It’s enough to frighten not only the crows but your neighbors as well.
Skull pumpkin stencil
Score your ghoulish gourd into a skull, complete with a jagged mouth and hollow eyes. Memorize a few skeleton puns to entertain your visitors.
Snakes pumpkin stencil
Slithering snakes are scary and beautiful at the same time. Use this pumpkin carving stencil to whittle a scaly reptile jack-o-lantern.
Spider pumpkin stencil
Etch an eight-legged arachnid onto your gourd for a skin-crawling decoration.
Unicorn pumpkin stencil
No one can resist a mythical unicorn with a flowing mane and cone-shaped horn. This design is easier to slice than you might expect, the fantastical results are worth it.
Werewolf pumpkin stencil
You can almost hear this nightmarish beast howling in the moonlight. Complete with fangs, this werewolf jack-o-lantern pumpkin stencil is sure to frighten.
Witch pumpkin stencil
Witches are one of the many Halloween traditions, but only you know if this one flying on her trademark broomstick is good or wicked. She’s so realistic, you can practically hear her cackle.
Wizard pumpkin stencil
This wizard looks like he stepped right out of one of the best fantasy books. Sure to put a spell on you, he makes for an unexpected Jack-o-Lantern.