Is it even Halloween until you’ve carved a pumpkin? It’s a wonderful, traditional thing to do as a family, and these printable pumpkin stencils are a great way to get some really spectacular designs.
Take a look at and let your little ones choose the designs they’d like to see. Then, work together to create something spooky this Halloween!
If none of these catch your eye, we have other pumpkin decorating blogs, like how to make a Minion pumpkin with paint and free printables, a painted cookie monster spilling his cookies, or some bat-themed ideas!
How to use your pumpkin stencils
Using a pumpkin carving stencil is easy, allowing you to carve an amazing pumpkin in just a few simple steps. Read on to find out what you need and what to do.
What you need:
- Pumpkin stencil
- Knife or pumpkin carving tool
How to use a pumpkin template
1. Download and print your chosen pumpkin carving stencil from below and cut out the grey areas.
2. Next, pin the stencil to your already hollowed pumpkin. Use as many pins as you need to keep it in securely in place as this will make it easier to trace the design.
3. Once your stencil is pinned to your pumpkin, use a pen to draw on the design.
4. When you’ve finished drawing the design, remove the stencil and get carving! A stencil makes it much easier to carve an intricate design than free-styling! Only an adult should do this section of the process, and dedicated pumpkin carving tools are recommended.
5. Once the carving is done, pop a tealight or LED candle inside your pumpkin, put the lid back on and pop it in the window to spook passers-by!
Choose your favourite template
Let’s start with a nice easy one!
This zombie’s eyes are simple circles, with a few cuts around the edge to make them look just that little more undead. The mouth creates a somewhat surprised facial expression, but then if you’d just been turned into a zombie, that’s probably how you’d feel, too.
- Day of the Dead
In recent years, Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival has become part of Halloween celebrations around the world. This pumpkin recreates the stunning sugar skull make-up that’s a key element of any Day of the Dead costume.
This design might look a bit detailed, but don’t worry about those dots. Depending on how thick your pumpkin is, they can easily be made using a skewer, or even a chopstick.
Clowns are such an important part of Halloween these days, it seems a shame not to continue this theme with your pumpkin carving.
Don’t be fooled by his cheeky smile, we all know that when it comes to Halloween, clowns are not to be trusted!
Make your pumpkin come alive with this fun Frankenstein design. This grumpy chap looks just like the monster you’ve seen in the movies, right down to the bolts through his neck!
- Haunted House
So far, we’ve focused on scary faces, but how about this horrifying haunted house? You know the sort- it’s probably on a big hill in the middle of a scary forest. We’ll let you create your own story around it – you just need to get the carving done first!
This clever design uses the light from your candle to highlight the bandages on this Halloween mummy. With this pumpkin, you really have got Halloween all wrapped up!
- Wicked Witch
Pointy hat? Check. Warty nose? Check. Wild hair and snaggle-toothed grin? Yep, all the ingredients of the classic Halloween witch are here in this simple yet effective pumpkin stencil!
We’ve covered witches, so cauldrons are the natural next step! Who knows what sort of mysterious potion is bubbling and brewing here – all we know is, it looks fiery hot!
When it comes to pumpkin carving, we ain’t afraid of no ghosts! This one seems pretty friendly anyway, and his cheeky little grin means he’s sure to be one of the most popular options for younger children.
Spiders are, as we all know, one of the scariest animals you can find. With this carving, you can make some truly horrifying shadows dance across the walls, as the candlelight flickers behind your new eight-legged friend!
If you’re after a simple pumpkin carving with no fiddly bits, this bat is the one for you. Is there any animal that says Halloween more than a bat? We certainly don’t think so – just be careful this one doesn’t turn into a vampire while your back’s turned!
They say black cats give you bad luck at Halloween. Luckily, this one’s orange!
This spooky skeleton is another classic Halloween character that’d look right at home carved into your pumpkin. The flickering candlelight will even help to breathe some life into those old bones!
Unicorn parties have been all the rage for a while now, and that trend shows no sign of slowing down. So much so that our mystical friends are even appearing at Halloween parties! If your little one loves unicorns, they’ll definitely be a fan of this fairytale pumpkin design.
- Grinning Jack
To finish things off, we’ve gone down the more traditional Jack o’ Lantern route with three frightening faces to decorate your pumpkins.
The first is Grinning Jack, whose sinister smile is sure to send spookiness level skyrocketing!
- Snaggletooth Jack
Here’s a real classic of the Halloween pumpkin world. We’re sure you recognise Snaggletooth Jack – he’s the sort of pumpkin you see in TV adverts every year!
With this quick and easy carving, it won’t take long to welcome him into your home, too.