Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Finally, a great way to select a pumpkin carving pattern! See a stencil, then go to the next slide to see the actual carved pumpkin. To make, print the PDF, then size the pattern on a copier if needed. Tape it to your pumpkin and outline the pattern with pinpricks before carving your masterpiece. Simply log onto BHG.com and register (it's free).
The fun pumpkin-in-a-pumpkin is a cool effect.
You'll carve the moon and windows from this eerie structure.
Black marker provides the mansion silhouette; your carving does the rest.
If one pumpkin face just isn't enough, carve five instead -- all on one pumpkin.
Although this stencil takes some time to carve, the results are stunning.
You should bolt to the pumpkin patch to pick up the perfect gourd to carve Frank's face.
This monster's all a-glow in your pumpkin display.
A witch on a late-night flight is sure to turn your yard into a frightening gathering ground for trick-or-treaters.
The moon carves out to make this pumpkin really glow.
A quick refresher will ensure this year's pumpkin is your best ever.
A nervous pumpkin face will make guests wary of what might be lurking in the shadows.
This guy gets even more expressive when he's carved.
This cute cat hides behind a grinning pumpkin.
The cat carving becomes the background when you finish your jack-o'-lantern.
Greet guests with this ghostly pumpkin -- guaranteed to give a fright.
This guy is a cinch to carve and really glows in the night.
Although this cat has a spooky message, she's anything but scary.
This tree is so creepy even the bats don't want to hang from the branches.
Detailed, thin lines make this carving a bit time-consuming, but the results are worth it.
An angry pumpkin face will have trick-or-treaters approaching the front door with caution.
This pumpkin will have kids wondering if they're in for a trick or a treat.
The message really pops after you've finished carving. The stars also add a nice glowing effect.
Bet your trick-or-treaters will love this glowing witch face on your doorstep.
This joy-riding feline must have ditched the witch for this broom ride.
The full moon offers a large opening for light to come through your carving.
A spooky black cat's tail filters the light shining from the moon in this stencil.
Create a web of mystery by adding this stencil to a plump pumpkin and placing it in your yard.
The legs and body on this spider are simple shapes -- this design is particularly easy to carve.
Create a graveyard by carving this stencil on loads of pumpkins and placing them about the lawn.
Instead of carving, scrape out this design for a daytime stunner that will also last longer than a carved pumpkin.