22 Free Face Stencils That'll Transform Your Pumpkin Into the Ultimate Jack-o'-Lantern

silly smiling face carved into pumpkin
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Check out our pumpkin-carving stencils for the best Halloween faces for your front door. Use our downloadable templates for carving jack-o'-lanterns. From funny ideas to scary stencils, every printable is free and ready to get you carving.

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Jumbled Face Stencil

geometric eyes nose and face carved in pumpkin
Jason Donnelly

A goofy grin and crossed eyes make this pumpkin template a real hoot. This funny pumpkin-carving idea will stand out in a field of scary pumpkins. Try carving it on a unique pumpkin variety (like a white Crystal Star) for a new take on the classic orange jack-o'-lantern.

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Frankenstein's Monster Stencil

Fall décor with carved Frankenstein pumpkin
Carson Downing

Let Halloween's most famous monster take center stage on your jack-o'-lantern. This not-so-scary pumpkin stencil gives Frankenstein a more friendly persona with a goofy wide smile.

Editor's Tip: Displaying your carved pumpkin outside? Get our must-have tips for making your pumpkins last longer.

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Squinty Eyes Stencil

silly smiling face carved into pumpkin
Jason Donnelly

Use one of our simple stencil patterns to create this laughing fellow. He'll make a delightful addition to your pumpkin display. Finish the look with small decorative pumpkins and faux fall leaves

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Sugar Skull Face Stencil

orange pumpkin with a sugar skull carved in the front of it, sitting on a halloween front porch with other small pumpkins
Carson Downing

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with a sugar skull pumpkin stencil. Get the look by drilling small holes and using a scraping tool ($21, Walmart) to carve decorative areas. You'll only need to remove the outer layer of pumpkin skin to get the etched look.

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Skull-and-Crossbones Stencil

skull and crossbones carved into pumpkin
Jason Donnelly

This classic scary symbol transforms a pumpkin into a bone-chilling Halloween display with this free pumpkin stencil. Create a scratchy texture in the skull by scraping a gouge across the pumpkin flesh.

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Undercover Stencil

pumpkin with Undercover stencil
Jay Wilde

You won't find any cooler pumpkin stencils for carving than this sunglass-sporting pumpkin-face template. This funny pumpkin stencil proves not all Halloween decor has to be scary!

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Basic Shapes Pumpkin Face

pumpkin with Basic Shapes Face stencil
Jay Wilde

Big X eyes, a triangle nose, and a railroad-like mouth make this grinner a fun, basic pumpkin-carving template to use. To carve the shapes, use a thin, sharp blade like a crafts knife.

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Wicked Grin Pumpkin Stencil

pumpkin with Wicked Grin stencil
Jay Wilde

A jagged grin is just part of this pumpkin's spooky appeal. His bright eyes will really glow with a battery-operated tea light inside. This Halloween pumpkin is a modern take on the classic jack-o'-lantern.

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Googly Eyes Stencil

pumpkin with Googly Eyes stencil
Jay Wilde

For a funny pumpkin-carving idea, try this silly pumpkin-face template. It will sure bring a few smiles from trick-or-treaters. Don't want to carve the whole thing? Use the stencil but paint portions of the face instead!

Editor's Tip: If you're creating a painted Halloween pumpkin, use long-lasting acrylic paint.

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Scared Face Stencil

pumpkin with scared face stencil
Jay Wilde

Give your jack-o'-lantern the look of wide-eyed surprise with this pumpkin template. This carved pumpkin is great for beginners because you only need to master a couple of basic shapes like ovals.

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Dorky Face Stencil

pumpkin with Dorky Face stencil
Jay Wilde

This funny pumpkin face stencil will add a friendly face to your jack-o'-lantern lineup. Complete your Halloween pumpkin display with a carved emoji pumpkin.

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Skeleton Stencil

pumpkin with Skeleton stencil
Jay Wilde

Let a skeleton grin on your pumpkin this Halloween. While skeletons usually fall into the scary category, this goofy-looking pumpkin template is silly, not spooky—perfect for greeting trick-or-treaters.

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Cross-Eyed Stencil

pumpkin with Cross-Eyed stencil
Jay Wilde

A pair of crossed eyes and an X for a nose make this guy a fun addition to your Halloween display. This pumpkin printable provides an easy guide for creating a classic jack-o'-lantern face.

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Starry-Eyed Pumpkin Stencil

pumpkin with Starry-Eyed stencil
Jay Wilde

This pumpkin face template will steal the show. The starry-eyed guy is all smiles and ready to charm trick-or-treaters. Display him on your fall front porch as part of a pumpkin-packed display.

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Great Ape Stencil

pumpkin with Great Ape stencil
Jay Wilde

For a scary pumpkin stencil with an animal twist, go for this a menacing monkey design. Etch deep into the pumpkin around the eyes to create a spooky backlit look.

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Baby Face Stencil

pumpkin with Baby Face stencil
Jay Wilde

Forget the scary jack-o'-lanterns: A funny pumpkin face can enhance your Halloween decor, too. A silly tongue and big eyes enhance the oh-so-cute design of this pumpkin-face template.

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Vampire Stencil

sly vampire carved pumpkin with faux ravens
Adam Albright

Sink your teeth into a vampire-inspired Halloween stencil featuring fangs and glaring eyes. Get our best vampire pumpkin stencils and create a few iconic designs.

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Bucktooth Stencil

pumpkin with Bucktooth stencil
Jay Wilde

Check out this guy's silly face! We bet trick-or-treaters will get a few laughs from this funny pumpkin carving idea. Get the look by carving the face and etching around the eyes.

Editor's Tip: When prepping your pumpkin for carving, be sure to clean at least 1/2-inch of flesh from the inside of the pumpkin. This allows more light to glow through the etched areas—like this pumpkin's eyes.

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Ghost Face Stencil

pumpkin with Ghost Face stencil
Jay Wilde

Give this hauntingly fun ghost a place in your Halloween jack-o'-lantern lineup. This free pumpkin printable features big surprised eyes—like someone just told him boo.

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Silly Face Stencil

pumpkin with Silly Face stencil
Jay Wilde

Laugh along with this funny-face goof. The crossed eyes, two teeth, and tongue of this pumpkin carving stencil make the design especially expressive.

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Kissy Face Emoji Stencil

pumpkin with kissy face emoji stencil
Diane Starkey

Step out from ordinary pumpkin-face templates and express yourself with an emoji pumpkin! This easy pumpkin carving stencils requires just a simple etching technique.

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Scarecrow Face Stencil

gremlin with hat carved into pumpkin
Jason Donnelly

Don't cross this creepy scarecrow! The frightening eyes and sly smile from this pumpkin template put it squarely in the scary pumpkin stencil camp.

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