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Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils and Stencil Ideas for 2018

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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

(Keep hands and imaginations busy with these free Disney printable coloring pages, too!)

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:

1. 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.

2. 31 Quick Pumpkin Stencils

From Readers Digest

I love these because they are cute and very simple for kids to do themselves.

3. 40 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.

4. 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.

5. 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

6. 30 Traditional Stencils

From Parents

You have to be registered to download the stencils but it is free to sign up!

7. 49 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.

8. 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.

9. 7 Classic Halloween Stencils

From Pumpkin Masters

These are great versions of Halloween standards including the headless horseman, a fat bat and skeleton face.

10. 24 Pumpkin Carving 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

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 12 Simple Stencils

From The Pumpkin Lady

If you have very small children or are not artistically inclined, these are perfect for you.

15. 11 Star Wars Stencils

From the Star Wars Blog

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

16. 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?!

17. 28 Cat Stencils

From Band of Cats

The ubiquitous black cat has never looked so good.

700 Free Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencils

18. 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.


Carve the perferct Halloween pumpkin with these great ideas gathered by the crew at Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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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.