It’s time to carve out a place of honor for your pumpkin in the neighborhood Halloween parade with one of our cool pumpkin carving templates. Whether you want a minifig, a Jack Skellington carving stencil or a classic witch carving stencil, you’ll find a little bit of everything (and all skill levels) here. Scroll through our favorite pumpkin designs below, then print and get glowing!
The Mona Lisa
Carve the world’s most famous painting onto your pumpkin with this Mona Lisa pumpkin carving design from Spookmaster.
The Pumpkin King
Introduce your littles to the classic Nightmare Before Christmas with this Jack Skellington pumpkin stencil. Grab the template from Casey Henson by clicking here.
Carve up a glowing Grogu this year for Halloween by using a Mandalorian pumpkin stencil. This one from Woo Jr. is super fun.
This spooky crow must have picked up his witch friend’s hat! Get the stencil over at Pumpkin Lady.
Enter if You Dare
Rafael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Your ninja-loving kid will get a kick out of having one of the four turtle brothers decorating your front porch. Download the template over at Pumpkin Pile.
Hey, all you cool cats and kittens! This tiger pumpkin carving design is a way to give a shout-out to the docu-series that rocked our world when the pandemic hit in 2020. Download the pumpkin carving template over at SpookMaster.
Say it with an emoji this Halloween. Not only is this adorable, but this pumpkin carving design is perfect for beginning carvers. Download the template over at DLTK.
Witch Pumpkin Stencil
Glam it up a bit with a harvest season theme instead of a spooky Halloween theme. This sunflower will stand out in a crowd. Download the template over at Celebrating Halloween.
Jolly Roger Flag
Candy looters beware!! The Jolly Roger looms near. This fun skull and crossbones design is especially fun for pirate-loving folks. Grab the download over at Pumpkin Pile.
For your Jurassic Park fans, this fairly simple pumpkin carving template of an Indominus Rex is perfect. Download for free at pumpkinpile.com.
It wouldn’t be All Hallows Eve without a black cat lurking about, and we think this stencil from Woo Jr. is just the right balance of spooky and sweet. Download the template by clicking here.
In honor of the new animated version of The Addams Family, why not carve Wednesday’s unforgettable face on your pumpkin this year. Download the design by leopard toes via Devian Tart by clicking here.
We totally "dig" this grave for our porch this year. Imagine how cool it would look to have a bunch of these light up the night? Download the template from Pumpkin Pile here.
This Maleficent design glows something wicked. All the thin lines and her wicked grin need a special touch—this one is for you serious carvers out there. Grab the download over at Pumpkin Glow.
Carve everyone’s favorite Muppet onto your pumpkins this year with this cool template from Sweet Happy Life. To save time, the kids can carve the eyes and nose, and you can go to town on Elmo’s fuzzy mouth.
A classic jack ‘o’ lantern is always fun, and this one gives a little goof to the iconic pumpkin template. Download the design from Pumpkin Pile here.
Who You Gonna Call?
I Am Groot!
A Spooky Shriek
Everything is awesome, including this simple design from Think Geek. Perfect for any LEGO-crazy kid, you’ll want to keep your pumpkin on the porch long after Halloween is over.
While this design is probably for expert carvers, we can’t help but love all the details! Plus, all those Paw Patrol pups you’ll see making their way to your front door will be delighted. Get the pattern over at Stoneykins.
Pokemon is as popular as ever, and who doesn’t love Pikachu? Parents, you’ll love how easy this design is to carve. Download the template here.
Cute Candy Corn
Carve out an ode to Halloween’s favorite sugary treat—candy corn. This design looks as sweet as candy corn tastes, and it’s a design that’s a breeze to tackle with your littlest trick or treaters. Grab the template over Free Fun Halloween.
Double, double toil and trouble! Give trick or treaters traveling by broom their own cauldron for the big night with this pumpkin stencil. The hardest part will be making sure the bubbles in the mysterious brew turn out just right. Grab the design over at Celebrating Halloween.
The Mario Bros. are having a major comeback, and we are totally loving it! Keep the feels going with this fun carving template. Download the stencil over at Mario Mayhem.
Room on the Broom
Go the more traditional route with Home Life Weekly‘s classic carving, featuring the spooky silhouettes of a witch and her bat friend. Let the little ones carve the large parts like the witch’s hat, and you can take the reins for the details of the bat.
Spiders love to drop in for Halloween, and with this template, it’s easy! The big sections that need to be carved out make this one perfect for beginners. Click here to grab the pdf.
It’s the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Pop on the classic Halloween special while you carve Charlie himself. With a little shading to add dimension to the design, this project is a step up from your usual happy face design. Click here to print out the template from Pumpkin Glow.
Feel the (Carving) Force
If your Star Wars fans aren’t so sure about joining the dark side, there are plenty of other characters to choose from too. See them all at Star Wars by clicking here.
Whoooo wants to carve a pumpkin? A simple and sweet design featuring an owl resting on a branch will make little ones smile. Click here to print the pattern from Pumpkin Carving Templates.
Guide the Way
Little Wayfinders will be guided by the heart of Te Fiti when it glows brightly on Halloween night. This simple but stunning design will be a hit with the porch parade! Get the stencil over at Free Stencil Gallery.
This crazy cool sugar skull carving can hang around for Day of the Dead, so it’ll be worth the time you spend carving it out of your pumpkin! Get the printable over at Pumpkin Craze.
Light the Way
For a different take on glowing pumpkins, try this candelabra design from HGTV. You can either go spooky with an eerie glow or make it classy with bright shiny light.
This design from Woo Jr. takes us back to our days of Pac-Man and pinball machines—with a Halloween twist! The large blocks of pumpkin to be cut out make this a pretty easy design for little ones to pull off, too.
Spell It Out
This one simply says it all. Download it from Pumpkin Pile now!
Arrrr! A pirate pumpkin is perfect for the plunder that is Halloween night. Your little buccaneers will even have a fellow matey to welcome them home after a night of collecting serious booty. Download the design over at Pumpkin Pile.
A classic Halloween character, this wrapped up moaning monster will be a fun addition to your porch this Halloween. Download the printable from HGTV here.
—Susie Foresman & Gabby Cullen
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