Searching for free pumpkin carving stencils and patterns online? Find easy instructions and printable jack o’ lantern designs that will transform your pumpkin into a zombie, Lady Gaga, the Glee cast, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Disney characters, Angry Birds, Twilight stars, or just a classic witch or scary cat.
UPDATED for 2013: Click here to find patterns for Walter White, ‘Walking Dead’, more
Head to Walmart or Target to find a deal on carving tools. CVS has a free offer for a Pumpkin master carving tool set from Oct 23 -25. Buy it for $2.49 and get $2.49 back in Extra Bucks to spend on something else.
Keep in mind, for more intricate designs, opt for carving tools that are a little more sturdy — some sold at discount stores may not hold up as well.
Free Printable Pumpkin Carving Stencils and Patterns:
Stonykins.com: From creepy Charles Manson to sweet Blues Clues, find a long list of printable stencils that can be taped to the pumpkin’s face. Trace along the lines and remove the parts of the pumpkin as indicated on the stencil.
MarthaStewartLiving.com: Find plenty of crafty carving ideas and stencils for a scary cat, witch, spooky owl and more.
TMZ.com: Celebrity pumpkin carving patterns for Madonna, Steve Jobs, Charlie Sheen and Lady Gaga.
PumpkinGlow.com: Find some celebrity stencils like John Wayne, Britney Spears, Martha Stewart, David Letterman, and Bill Cosby as well as other carving patterns that have nothing to do with Halloween like the Statue of Liberty.
DisneyFamily.com: Free templates for carving your favorite Disney characters on your Halloween pumpkin.
Hersheys.com: The perfect trick or treat candy-maker has a great variety of free pumpkin carving patterns including The Grim Reaper, a haunted house and a spooky cat.
ZombiePumpkins.com: This is not a free site, but it’s inexpensive and the selection is great. Find printable stencils for Zombies, Frankenstein, Harry Potter, Yoda, Batman, Sponge Bob, Angry Birds, Edgar Allen Poe, and more. This site has an extensive collection and you will have to pay. Get access to 2 downloads for $2; 25 downloads for $5 or 271 different designs downloads for $10.
Celebrating-Halloween.com: Find stencils for skulls, witches, owls and spider webs.
DisneyFamily.com: Free templates that will help you carve a pumpkin featuring your favorite Disney characters.
Team-Twilight.com: If you are a Twilight fan, use this stencil to make a Twilight-themed jack o’ lantern.
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