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Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils and Stencil Ideas for 2016

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Check out this awesome resource for free pumpkin carving stencils!

Pumpkin carving has to be my very favorite part of Halloween. But I have to admit some years I get stuck on what to actually carve on the pumpkin. Not so this year. We’ve compiled the biggest and best list of free pumpkin carving stencils that you will find anywhere!

Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils

There are classic trick or treat pumpkin stencil ideas: cat, bat, witch, owl, skull.  

You’ll also find a cast of Nick Jr. and Disney characters such as Dora, Yo Gabba Gabba, Mickey Mouse, Mike Wazowski and Sulley (Monsters Inc.) and Tow Mater (Cars). Would you prefer Batman, Minecraft, Despicable Me or Frozen? They’re here. For super geeks like my husband, there are even Star Wars stencils.

You’ll discover pumpkin stencils for everyone, from contemporary artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga to pop culture icons like Bette Davis and The Beatles.

While there are some intricate ideas, many of the pumpkin stencils are super easy and quick—the kids can do them. Fun stuff!

I dare you to not find a pumpkin carving stencil you like from this ultimate list:

12 Pop Culture Pumpkin Stencils from Better Homes and Gardens: These are hilarious. You will find Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, Kate Middleton, Robert Pattinson, and just about anyone else someone in your family has had a crush on.

27 Quick Pumpkin Stencils from Readers Digest: I love these because they are cute and very simple for kids to do themselves.

20 Nick Jr. Character Pumpkin Stencils from Nick Jr: This fabulous package of pumpkin stencils includes Dora the Explorer, Diego, the Backyardigans, Yo Gabba Gabba and more.


Are you on Pinterest?

Check out our Boy’s Halloween Party Pinterest Board. We have more than 150 creepy, crawly Pins that your little guy will love. My favorites right now are these meringue ghosts and these mummy treat tubes, which are made by covering a can in black paper, gluing on wiggly eyes and wrapping with gauze.


21 Disney Pumpkin Stencils from Disney Family: This collection of stencils is fabulous. It features many Disney favorites including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Tigger and Tinker Bell as well as Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen from Cars and Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc.

9 Easy Pumpkin Stencils & 9 Intermediate Pumpkin Stencils from Hershey’s: With two levels of pumpkin stencils, there’s something here that every age/skill level of the family can do!

46 Intricate Pumpkin Stencils from Martha Stewart: Martha knows how to do Halloween and many of these stencils are gorgeous. My favorite is the faux bois.

Free Pumpkin Stencils for Halloween

19 Traditional Stencils from Parenting: You have to be registered to download the stencils but it is free to sign up!

30 Geeky Pumpkin Stencils from GeekSugar: Consider yourself a household of geeks (we do)? You need a pumpkin to match:  Star WarsDr. WhoStar Trek and more! Any one of these would be my husband’s dream pumpkin. 

47 More Geeky Stencils from Pink Ray Gun: This one has a range of some of your favorite movies and television shows including Dr. Who, Ghostbusters, Walking Dead, Hunger Games, True Blood, Harry Potter, Twilight, and Marvel Comics characters.


Looking for pumpkin recipes too?

Check out our post 10 Unique Pumpkin Recipes Perfect for Any Fall Party. It includes recipes for pumpkin chocolate cheesecake, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin chocolate chip brownies, green pumpkin pie and many more ideas that would be perfect for a party menu this autumn – or for dinner with your family too.


20 Random Stencils from Creative Type Dad: When I say random, I mean random. In all the right ways. Think Tinker Bell, Colonel Sanders and Gary Coleman.

10 Classic Halloween Stencils from Pumpkin Masters: These are great versions of Halloween standards including the headless horseman, a fat bat and skeleton face.

13 Face Portrait Stencils from About.Com:  A nice selection of free, printable pumpkin carving templates and stencils in a large variety of patterns from the Obamas to traditional jack-o’-lanterns…and everyone in-between…

700 Free Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencils

6 Pumpkin Stencils from Spook Master: Includes paid traditional pumpkin carving patterns plus daily freebies and free Mix n’ Match patterns for creating your own jack-o’-lantern designs.

56 Intricate Stencils from Fantasy Pumpkins: She has VERY detailed and beautiful stencils. They range from Angry Birds to fantasy creatures like dragons and unicorns.

25 Advanced Pumpkin Stencils from dot com Women: Even includes a selection of non-Halloween creative designs to turn your pumpkins into works of art.

12 Simple Stencils from The Pumpkin Lady: If you have very small children or are not artistically inclined, these are perfect for you.

11 Star Wars Stencils from the Star Wars Blog: Every character you have ever loved…or loved to hate from the Star Wars movies.


Need pumpkin carving supplies? Here are my picks:


100 ‘Un-Halloween’ Pumpkin Stencils from Pumpkin Glow: For those looking for something unique for Halloween this year, this site features pumpkin templates that will challenge advanced pumpkin carvers as well as simpler stencils that will entertain beginner carvers.

28 Cat Stencils from Band of Cats: The ubiquitous black cat has never looked so good.

700 Free Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencils

8 Military Themed Stencils from Veterans United: Whether you’re a military family or just want to show your pride, you’ll find easy-to-use templates with a military theme.

14 Pop Culture Stencils from Used Everything – Everything but the kitchen sink is how I would describe this one.  What else could you call a collection of pumpkin stencils that includes Kurt from Glee and Winnie the Pooh?!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.