Spooky Skeleton Pumpkin Stencil

This creepy skull looks a little spooked himself, but whatever frightened him, he's keeping mum about it. With his vacant eyes and winding train-track mouth, he doesn't seem the sort for conversation anyway! Set this cartoonish creepster on your front porch, and see if he can't scare up a few squeals from the trick-or-treaters.

How cool would this skeleton face stencil look on a white pumpkin? Very cool, in our opinion. If you can find a white or off-white pumpkin, purchase it and carve away! If not, just spray-paint an orange pumpkin with a coat of white paint and let it dry completely. Once dry, follow the carving directions below as usual.

To carve:

1. Download the free pdf file for this skeleton stencil, and print it out, resizing it if necessary to better fit your pumpkin.

2. Use clear tape to attach the printed skeleton pattern to your gutted pumpkin. Tap in holes along the stencil lines with a pin tool, keeping holes tightly spaced.

3. Remove the stencil and carve along the pin prick outlines with a skinny pumpkin-carving knife. Nudge out carved pieces by pressing on them with your fingers from inside the pumpkin. Smear cut pumpkin surfaces with petroleum jelly to help retain the pumpkin's freshness.

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