Pumpkin Carving Ideas, Patterns, and Templates

GIF of Halloween scene with jack-o-lanterns and a black cat.

The Spruce / Lisa Fasol 

These free pumpkin carving stencils, patterns, and templates will allow you to create a unique jack o' lantern that will put your neighbors and trick-or-treaters in awe. They're also extremely easy to use, so you can create something awesome even if you're a beginner.

You won't believe the variety of pumpkin carving ideas you'll see below. There are silly, scary, funny, and angry jack 'o lantern faces and other designs of just about anything you can imagine, from celebrities to your favorite Halloween image.

The pumpkin carving stencils are very easy to use, You simply print out the pattern of your choice, use a marker or pencil to transfer it, and then carve your pumpkin with your own kitchen knives. Nothing fancy required here! If you're looking for some really simple ideas, check out these easy pumpkin carving ideas.

After you've carved your pumpkin be sure to check out these free Halloween party invitations, You've Been Boo'ed printables, and Halloween party games.

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    Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils at Pumpkin Pile

    Some of the pumpkin carving pattern categories available at Pumpkin Pile
    Pumpkin Pile

    Pumpkin Pile has hundreds of free pumpkin stencils sorted into traditional, classic jacks, cartoons, movies, superheroes, sports, video games, words, celebrities, vehicles, animals, and symbols categories.

    Each free pumpkin stencil includes a difficulty rating from 1 to 5, as well as tips that are specific to each template.

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    Pumpkin Lady Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns

    Four free pumpkin carving patterns of Annie, Ape Man, apples, and a jolly Roger
    Pumpkin Lady

    The Pumpkin Lady has a great collection of hundreds of free pumpkin carving patterns. They're free for everyone but you can like them on Facebook to get even more free patterns.

    These free pumpkin carving patterns are downloaded as PDF files and then printed. Included are instructions on how to carve the design.

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    Free Pumpkin Carving Ideas and More From Dot Com Women

    Screenshot of pumpkin carving patterns at Dot Com Women

    A spooky collection of scary pumpkin carving patterns awaits you at Dot Com Women. Choose from scary scenes that feature graveyards, haunted houses, spiders, crows, owls and witches to adorn your pumpkin this year.

    Along with the pumpkin carving pattern, you'll also get some instructions on how to carve each project. Most of them are printed as an image file that you can then overlay on the pumpkin for a guideline. 

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    KOA Pumpkin Carving Templates

    Picture of kids carving pumpkins outside
    Kampgrounds of America, Inc

    If you're a fan of camping, and a fan of KOA's in particular, you're going to love these pumpkin carving templates from KOA. They feature RV's, KOA logos and other more general camping scenes. They're truly unique and a fun change from the usual bats and witches.

    All of these free pumpkin carving templates are downloaded on separate pages in one PDF file. 

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    WWF Pumpkin Carving Stencils

    Carved pumpkins and the phrase "Going Wild With Pumpkins"

    WWF, World Wildlife Federation, has a very nice group of pumpkin carving stencils that feature animals.

    The pumpkin carving templates here are separated by skill level. You'll find African landscapes, butterflies, dolphins, gorillas, WWF logos, coral, polar bears, rhinos, tigers, and turtles all turned into stencils for you to carve into your pumpkin this Halloween.

    When printed, carve out the black areas to imprint the design on the pumpkin.

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    Martha Stewart's Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Templates

    A carved pumpkin that looks like wood grain
    Martha Stewart

    Martha Stewart has a nice collection of almost 50 free pumpkin carving patterns and templates. Use the arrows to scroll through the patterns until you find one you'd like to use, and then click on the link.

    The pumpkin carving patterns here are in PDF files, so you'll need a program like Adobe Reader in order to open and print the pattern.

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    Free Un-Halloween Pumpkin Patterns at PumpkinGlow.com

    A pumpkin carving pattern of a Storm Trooper

    PumpkinGlow.com has what they call Un-Halloween pumpkin patterns. These are pumpkin carving patterns that look great on a pumpkin but aren't necessarily a design that screams Halloween.

    You'll find categories of pumpkin carving patterns that include animals, patriotic images, famous people, comedians, fantasy and medieval images, favorite TV commercials, musicians, and more.

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    Free Pumpkin Carving Templates at ScaryProducts.com

    Screenshot of pumpkin carving patterns
    Scary Products

    ScaryProducts.com has some free pumpkin carving templates that include Halloween images of ghosts, bats, cats, Frankensteins, monsters, haunted houses, spiders, vampires, scary faces, and trick-or-treaters.

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    DIY's Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns

    Frankenstein pumpkin carving pattern

    Scripps Networks, LLC.

    DIY has almost ten free pumpkin carving patterns of a witch, Frankenstein, a haunted house, bats, ghosts, and more.

    Use the download link at the bottom of each image to get a full-sized pumpkin carving pattern.

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    SpookMaster Free Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns

    Bat pumpkin carving template

    SpookMaster mostly has pumpkin carving patterns you have to pay for but they also have six free pumpkin carving patterns.

    The pumpkin stencils at SpookMaster are available as PDF files. When you open one of the stencils the difficulty level will be listed in the top right corner.

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    Better Homes and Gardens Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencils

    A tower of carved pumpkins
    Better Homes & Gardens

    Better Homes and Gardens has an impressive group of Halloween pumpkin carving stencils. Besides pumpkin carving stencils, they have a lot of tips on how to carve a pumpkin and how to decorate with pumpkins.

    You'll love the detailed instructions and pictures that go with the free pumpkin carving patterns here at Better Homes and Gardens.

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    Pumpkin Carving Patterns at Zombie Pumpkins

    Pumpkin carving patterns at Zombie Pumpkins
    Zombie Pumpkins

    There are hundreds of pumpkin carving patterns at Zombie Pumpkins but unfortunately, most of them are going to cost you. They do have a few free pumpkin carving patterns for you to try.

    You can choose between a Young Jason Voorhees, Minecraft, Mr. Spock, Baby's 1st, and zombie pumpkin pattern.

    Click on the pumpkin carving template you'd like to print and then click the printer icon to print out your stencil.

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    Cat Pumpkin Carving Patterns at Band of Cats

    Cat pumpkin carving stencil
    Band of Cats

    All of the free pumpkin carving patterns here feature cats. There's around 30 of them.

    I love how for most of these carving patterns there is a picture of the finished pumpkin that you can look at.

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    Beginner Pumpkin Carving Patterns at HGTV

    Pumpkin carving pattern
    © HGTV

    HGTV has dozens of free pumpkin carving patterns that are great for the beginner carver.

    Just because these pumpkin carving patterns are for the beginner does not mean that they are boring. You'll find templates for haunted houses, owls, bats, tombstones, spiders, flowers, cats, faces, and more.

    After transferring the pattern to the pumpkin, you'll want to carve out the grey areas.

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    Military Themed Pumpkin Stencils From Veterans United Network

    Screenshot of a USN pumpkin carving pattern
    Veterans United Home Loans

    The Veterans United Network has a set of eight free pumpkin stencils that are all military themed. 

    You'll find free pumpkin carving patterns here for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and more.

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    The Pumpkin Wizard's Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils

    Pumpkin carving patterns from The Pumpkin Wizard

    The Pumpkin Wizard

    The Pumpkin Wizard has a nice collection of free pumpkin carving patterns including those of cats, robots, soldiers, coons, crows, devils, owls, ghosts, and more.

    Click on each pumpkin carving pattern to get a full-sized printable pattern.

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    DLTK's Pumpkin Carving Patterns

    Screenshot of an alien pumpkin carving pattern

    DLTK has a nice collection of free pumpkin carving patterns that include bats, banshees, cats, ghosts, haunted houses, owls, pirates, gravestones, scary faces, skulls, spiders, and spooky phrases to name a few.

    The instructions at the top of the page for using the patterns is a really helpful addition—most sites that have free pumpkin carving patterns don't offer that.

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    Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns at Fantasy Pumpkins

    A pumpkin pattern mockup of a "Nightmare Before Christmas"
    Fantasy Pumpkins

    Fantasy Pumpkins has a few free pumpkin carving patterns that are for the more expert pumpkin carver.

    The free patterns here feature complicated carvings like that of a dragon, monster, ghost, unicorn, and fairy.

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    Stoneykins Free Pumpkin Patterns

    Picture of several pumpkin carving patterns

    Stoneykins has 100 pumpkin carving patterns that are completely free. You'll find off-the-wall images like fish, logos, cartoon characters, TV icons and much, much more here.

    You'll need to click on the pumpkin carving pattern you want to use to download the stencil.

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    Disney Character Pumpkin Carving Patterns

    Picture of Disney pumpkin carvings lit up outside

    There are several free pumpkin carving patterns here that will help you create a Disney character pumpkin masterpiece.

    You'll be able to choose from pumpkin stencils that will help you carve Winnie the Pooh, Minnie Mouse, Snow White, Tigger, and Goofy, among others.

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    Pumpkin Carving Patterns at Celebrating Halloween

    Picture of a howling wolf and moon pumpkin carving


    There are over 100 free pumpkin carving patterns at Celebrating Halloween!

    The pumpkin carving stencils and templates here include images of bats, cats, ghosts, spiders, skeletons, angry birds, transformers, Disney characters, and more.

    Each pattern should have its own set of cutting rules, but most of them seem to be grey and white images where you're supposed to carve out the grey areas to carve the pattern into the pumpkin.

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    Reader's Digest Free Printable Pumpkin Carving Stencils

    Screenshot of a pumpkin carving winking

    Reader's Digest

    Browse your way through this slideshow of free printable pumpkin carving stencils at Reader's Digest.

    If you find a pumpkin stencil you'd like to download, click on the download link below the pattern. You'll need a PDF reader to see these stencils.

    With these patterns, just cut out any area that's black.

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    Think Geek's Free Pumpkin Carving Templates

    Don't Panic pumpkin carving pattern

    Think Geek's

    Think Geek has some free pumpkin carving templates for all you geeks or geek lovers out there.

    You'll find free pumpkin carving patterns of the the WiFi logo, Super Mario, Bender, and even a barcode that translates to Happy Halloween.