35 Free Pumpkin Stencils for Halloween

Frankenstein Pumpkin Pattern
Use these basic pumpkin templates as starting patterns to create cute (or creepy!) Halloween pumpkins that will delight trick-or-treaters. If you are searching for inspirational pumpkin faces to make your own, these stencils range from perfect beginner stencils to advanced carve designs. Just pick your favorite pumpkin template, cut it out, and trace against your pumpkin. Once you’re ready, let the creative pumpkin carving begin!

Wide Smile Stencil

Crack a smile when you're carving—just like this beginner pumpkin template. This grinning gourd design is a perfect starting spot for a whole set of goofy jack-o'-lanterns. Set up the happy pumpkin faces around your front porch for the best Halloween display.

Frankenstein Pumpkin Stenci

Let's be frank: This guy is a blockhead. But we love him anyway! To use this pumpkin template, open the PDF pattern and print. Size the carving pattern on a copier if needed. Tape the design to your pumpkin and poke the outline of the pattern with a pin before carving. Use these directions for all stenciling. To gain access to the dozens of fun patterns, simply log in at BHG.com (or register—it's free).

Halloween Mouth Stencil

Guess which holiday this pumpkin face loves? Spell out your love for Halloween by carving the word into your pumpkin with this clever carving design.

Horned Grin Stencil

This pumpkin face might look mischievous for Halloween, but it’s actually pretty easy to carve! Trick-or-treaters will love seeing this pumpkin with spooky fangs and big eyes that will peer out from the front porch.

Lion Stencil

Roar onto the Halloween scene with a pumpkin that could show off your Zodiac sign (talking to you, Leos!) or could simply show that you're king of the neighborhood carving competition. If this pumpkin template stands out as a favorite, you can plan a whole zoo of pumpkins for next year!

Vampire and Fangs Stencil

Sink your teeth into this clever carving that isn’t a pain in the neck to make. Our pumpkin face template will help you create a vampire with spooky fangs and a frighteningly glaring gaze.

Round-Face Stencil

Hang around this smiley pumpkin face long enough and you are sure to elicit laughs from tickled trick-or-treaters. This pumpkin template is perfect for beginners looking to plan their first carve design.

Chess Piece Stencil

Strategizing for your best-ever Halloween pumpkin? This template is a guaranteed checkmate! Celebrate your inner gamer with a cute chess piece carving design.

Cyclops Stencil

He's got his (one) eye on you! Carve a simple ghoul that is sure to attract stares. As a bonus to beginning carvers, there’s no need to worry about symmetrical eyes with this cyclops pumpkin face.

Missing-Teeth Smile Stencil

Who needs a full set of chompers when you've got a grin this goofy on your Halloween pumpkin? This grinning pumpkin template will light up your Halloween display—and luckily, fewer teeth means fewer difficulties when carving!

Cat Stencil

This Halloween scaredy cat looks like it crossed its own path! The black cat stencil carving is a tricky design, but it’s definitely a treat for Halloween kiddos in the neighborhood.

Trick-or-Treat Stencil

This towering “trick-or-treat” stencil will have you ready with a welcoming pumpkin carving on Halloween night. The design is meant for advanced carvers—so be sure to print out the pumpkin template before starting.

Spooky Skeleton Stencil

This skeleton stencil is scared speechless. Carve our stitched pumpkin face with wide eyes, a pointed nose, and a thin smile.

Goofy Skeleton Stencil

Turn your pumpkin into a graveyard with this bony pumpkin stencil. Pro tip: Start this pumpkin template with the detail work on the skeleton face, then work your way downward to the arms and outward to the face shape.

Feline Stencil

Our cat stencil is so cute, you might find yourself wanting to cuddle with your jack-o'-lantern. This design is the sophisticated version of our “scaredy cat” pumpkin stencil, so print this template when you’re “kitten” in the mood for a Halloween carving challenge.

Vampire Face Stencil

This vampire has its next prey in sight—and it’s definitely your Halloween candy. When you are brainstorming spooky pumpkin faces to carve, choose this template to celebrate Halloween evening's shadowy figures.

Owl Stencil

Making a fowl pumpkin with this stencil is sure to be a hoot. The bright-eyed template involves minimal carving—the design mostly calls for etching along the pumpkin’s face.

Scarecrow Stencil

This creepy pumpkin face will scare more than just the crows away. This carve design lends itself to an evil-eyed, glowing guard for your front porch during the Halloween season.

Happy Halloween Stencil

Ready for a challenging pumpkin template? Use this detailed design to carve special Halloween wishes for all who pass by your yard.

Witch Stencil

A bewitching pumpkin stencil will turn your yard into the perfect Halloween hangout for ghouls around the neighborhood. This spooky pumpkin face will glow at guests and bring flickers of fear.

Spooky Bat Stencil

Trace this beginner’s bat template onto your pumpkin, and it just might take a quick flight around the block.

Howling Wolf Stencil

A full moon is the perfect backdrop for a howling wolf pumpkin template. You’d be barking mad to not try this clever carve design for Halloween.

Smiley Face Stencil

A smiling pumpkin template will get everyone in the Halloween spirit. This goofy carve design will have trick-or-treaters pairing the pumpkin with a smile of their own.

Creepy Crow Stencil

This spooky crow stencil might have guests flying away before they even get to the door. If you’re free as a bird when it comes to pumpkin templates, consider this creepy design.

Say Cheese Stencil

A cheesy grin and fun freckles will have your pumpkin ready for his closeup. Print this Halloween pumpkin template, carve along the dotted line, and get ready for a selfie with this toothy jack-o’-lantern.

Haunted Tree Stencil

When this scary tree barked to life, even the bats were spooked away. Carve this detailed design with intricate branches reaching around the pumpkin, then top it off with fluttering bats for a truly haunted tree.

Snarling Face Stencil

No kids will steal candy when this snarling pumpkin is looking—but young pumpkin carvers will enjoy this easy-to-replicate template.

Vampire Stencil

Even with his long fangs, this goofy Dracula looks friendly. This pumpkin template is simple to make as a last-minute Halloween design by using cookie cutters to cut the eyes! Once that’s done, all that’s left to carve is a grinning smile and two fantastic fangs.

Deer Stencil

Don’t be a deer in the headlights when it comes to finding a pumpkin face to carve. A flickering full moon makes for a bright stroll through the woods for a buck on Halloween.

Tombstone Stencil

Create a ghostly graveyard by carving this tombstone stencil into a grouping of pumpkins decorated as Halloween’s favorite monsters.

Cat in the Moon Stencil

A creeping cat is on the lookout for spooky creatures. This difficult design will challenge the best of pumpkin carvers, so bring your best stenciling skills.

Silly Face Stencil

This goofy pumpkin stencil will have kids laughing all night. Use our free pumpkin carving stencil to make your own silly-faced jack-o-lantern.

Laughing Pumpkin Stencil

This jokester pumpkin prefers tricks over treats. Carve out the eyes, nose and mouth, but don't carve the tongue shape. Use a scraping tool to scrape the gray tongue shape so that the lighter color rind shows. 

Undercover Pumpkin Stencil

If there's a mystery that needs solving, invite this disguised pumpkin into your yard. We're loving the sunglasses and mustache combination on this not-so-spooky jack-o-lantern.

Bucktooth Pumpkin Stencil

This pumpkin is all grins—even if he only has two teeth! Use our free pumpkin carving stencil to transfer this funny face to a festive jack-o-lantern. Choose from our other free stencils to make your front porch the spookiest on the block. 

These five pumpkin-carving tools are must-haves to make a pretty Halloween jack-o'-lantern. The tools are cheap and you may already have them -- see how to use the tools to carve beautiful pumpkin stencils.

Video: Pumpkin Carving Tool Tutorial

Watch this step-by-step pumpkin carving tutorial to learn some surprising tips and tricks to achieve a perfectly carved pumpkin from stencil to front stoop. Use these tools to bring our free pumpkin stencils to live. 

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