Looking for a classic Halloween stencil design? We've got you covered. This intimidating bat is taking wing into the night, casually flashing its full, impressive wingspan. Carve this simple design into your pumpkin for spooky, vintage flair. Just grab our free stencil by logging in to BHG.com!
If you're planning to light your carved pumpkin with a real candle, there's one tip you should know right off the bat (sorry, we couldn't resist). Real candles produce smoke, so you'll need to carve a small opening in the back of your pumpkin for the smoke to escape. You could also choose to carve your pumpkin from the top and leave its top off while your candle is lit.
1. Cut a circle in the underside of your pumpkin, and pry the circle out carefully with a knife. Clean out the pumpkin's guts, and level the cut circle with a knife -- this will be your candle platform later.
2. Tape your printed bat stencil to the surface of your pumpkin, and trace along the outlines with a pin tool, poking closely spaced pin pricks along the stencil lines. Tear off the stencil page when you've transferred all the lines.
3. Using a thin, serrated knife, cut along the pin prick guidelines, sawing gently from dot to dot. We recommend carving sections from the center outward for best results. Leave cutout pumpkin sections in place until you've finished carving the design. Then, apply gentle pressure from inside the pumpkin to pop those sections outward.
4. Place a flameless candle on the leveled circle cutout, and set your carved pumpkin over the top of the candle. Enjoy the eerie glow.