Our pumpkin stencils have always been our most popular content on Woo! Jr. So this year, to make it easier to find all of them, I’ve consolidated many of them into one place. So bookmark it now – there are
twenty two twenty six designs that are perfect for any age and skill level! (Edited a few years later to add: there’s now so many pumpkin stencils on the site that we can’t squeeze them into one page. So make sure you check out all of them!)
Easy and Medium Difficulty Pumpkin Stencils
Here are 12 classic pumpkin carving designs of Halloween animals, a skull, haunted tree, ghosts, and a traditional pumpkin face. Make these pumpkins last by using our tutorial on how to carve artificial pumpkins!
(Almost) One Cut Halloween Character Silhouettes
New for 2017! Four silhouettes of iconic Halloween characters that are mostly cut out in one whole piece.
Scary Pumpkin Stencils
I have found a new love of drawing pumpkin stencils since I started drawing them for our sites a few years ago. The worst part about it is that there is no way I’m ever able to carve this many pumpkins once Halloween comes! If I had to choose one pumpkin stencil from the scary stencils below, I think it would have to be the wolf. Or maybe the evil angel. Or maybe both! These are a little more advanced and will take longer to carve. Use them on a large pumpkin to get the full effect of fear in your trick-or-treaters!
Funny Pumpkin Carving Templates
As my kids have gotten older, they have acquired a bit of a dry, smart aleck-y sense of humor thanks to their wise-cracking father. So I drew up these more funny pumpkin stencils for them as they hit their tween and early teen years. Little kids won’t really get the humor in a Facebook themed pumpkin, nor a jack-o-lantern with a brace-face, but these 6 humorous designs were a huge hit in our house. Since my kids are a little geeky like their mom, they especially liked the emoticons and the “Like” button templates:
How to Transfer Stencils to Your Pumpkin
Make sure you choose a stencil that matches the overall shape of your pumpkin. Choose taller carving designs for tall pumpkins, wider carving designs for short and fat pumpkins.
Print out the pumpkin stencils and make sure they will fit. If it is too small or too large, use your browser’s “Print Preview” setting and experiment with printing out the stencils at different percentage scale sizes.
Temporarily tape the stencil to your pumpkin, then use the tip of a nail to outline the black areas by poking holes through the paper into the skin of the pumpkin. Remove the paper and you have the outline of the stencil left on the pumpkin to carve.
If you are old enough to use a razor blade, this is also a good way to transfer the design – just know that the razor won’t cut all the way through. This is just for transferring the design to the pumpkin surface. Use a very sharp knife to cut out the black areas along the lines you transferred. Using a narrow, serrated, strong knife really does make pumpkin carving a ton easier.