We're not sure what this skeleton pumpkin is looking at, but all the trick-or-treaters will be looking at him! From his misaligned eyes to his mischievous smile, this fun carved pumpkin is ready to charm the neighborhood -- no bones about it.

By Jessica Tull

This long, lean skeleton pattern is perfectly proportioned for tall, slender pumpkins. You may need to resize the stencil with a photocopier if your pumpkin is short and round.

free skeleton stencil pattern

To carve:

1. Cut a circle in the bottom of the pumpkin and clean out the interior, scraping the pumpkin flesh thinnest in the area you're planning to carve.

2. Attach printed stencil to the pumpkin with tape.

3. Use a push pin to prick along the stencil lines, piercing the paper through to the surface of the pumpkin. Keep pin pricks closely spaced.

4. Carve along the pin pricks with a thin crafts knife, cutting completely through the side of the pumpkin. Discard excess pumpkin pieces.


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