I used to think the world was full of awesome pumpkin carvers. That was before I discovered the secret of pumpkin stencils!
Using a pumpkin stencil to carve a jack-o-lantern is easy as (pumpkin) pie. Simply print out the template, tape it to the front of a pumpkin, and start carving. Even if you don’t think you are a particularly good carver, you will be amazed at the results.
Although many arts and crafts stores sell books of pumpkin carving templates, there are literally millions of free ones available on the internet, with everything from video game characters to classic horror villains out there. Don’t be fooled by websites that try to charge you; there are hundreds and hundreds of free sites out there to choose from. Just search for “pumpkin carving” followed by the words “stencil”, “template”, or “pattern” and you will find thousands to choose from. Like any project, some templates are more advanced than others, and any of them can be easily scaled down for younger carvers. You can also narrow down your search by tacking on the name of a character you’re looking for.
Here’s one to get you started!