This tall, elegant stranger looks ready to dance at the Halloween ball. But frankly, you won't catch us dancing with him! With his billowing, high-collared cape and striking widow's peak, there's no doubt about this creepy character's drink preference. Add this pumpkin vampire's menacing sophistication to your front porch -- just download our free stencil!
This tall vampire looks best on a pumpkin that can accommodate his height, but don't worry if your pumpkin is slightly short! You can easily fix this problem by resizing the pattern with a photocopier to better fit your gourd.
1. Cut a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin, and use a knife to carefully pry it out. Using your hands or a metal ice cream scoop, clean out all the pumpkin guts.
2. Select the side you're planning to carve (look for a flat, smooth surface), and tape your printed stencil to the pumpkin's exterior. Use a push pin to create pin pricks along the stencil lines, puncturing the surface of the pumpkin.
3. Remove the stencil, and etch the vampire's face by using a gouge to peel off just the top layer of the pumpkin. Carve the rest of the pattern by using a thin, serrated crafts knife to cut along the pin prick lines, sawing gently from dot to dot.
4. Pop out the cutout sections by pressing on them with your fingers from inside the pumpkin. (Tip: Don't try using your knife to dislodge pieces! This could damage your design.) Discard excess pumpkin pieces, and add a flameless candle to your pumpkin's interior to illuminate the design.