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Try These 10 Free Jack-O’-Lantern Templates

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We are now just days away until Halloween and that means only one thing as you run to the pumpkin patches this month — time to carve up some creative jack-o’-lanterns! But before you start creatively carving and decorating your home with the kids, we’ve gathered some of our favorite stencils to help you out.

It’s super simple and fun too. Just print them out, tape it to your pumpkin and poke the outline with a pin before you carve up your work of art that will be the envy of everyone in the neighborhood.

{Image Credit: Tater Tots and Jello}

Gold Geometrics

Who said pumpkins have to be outdoor decorations? Add some pizzazz to your home with a gold geometric carved pumpkin. All it takes is a little gold spray paint and some durable, clean-cut decoart stencils that can be easily found on Pinterest.

Lantern O’Lantern

This jack-o’-lantern idea might be a meta experience of sorts, but it’s a viable option that requires minimal carving and can totally cover up any carving you don’t want people to see as most of the design comes from paint.

Snoopy from Peanuts

Halloween isn’t complete without a little bit of Snoopy and the gang. This delightful and easy-to-carve stencil is quick to accomplish and fun for the kids to work on as well.

{Image Credit: Martha Stewart}

Faux Bois

Thanks to this gorgeous and intricate knotted template design care of the fabulous Martha Stewart, no one will know if your elegant pumpkin this year is made of wood or actual gourd. Utilizing a carve-by-color technique, this one might look hard at first, but the step-by-step template helps make it easy.

Heart Eyes Emoji

Our emoji love cannot be tamed. If you’re an avid emoji user, this stencil — which also doubles as a coloring book print — might be the best chance to showcase your love for the bright, digital images we use every day to express our feelings.


Inspired by Robert Indiana’s famous sculpture, add a bit of “love” this Halloween to your front porch with this classy and artsy pumpkin stencil that will enamor all.

Cheshire Cat

Head down the rabbit hole with this easy to carve Alice in Wonderland template of the Cheshire Cat that will leave everyone grinning this Halloween.

{Image Credit: Zombie Pumpkins}

Star Wars

These are not the gourds you were looking for… Well, maybe they are. If you’re a huge Star Wars fan and looking to add galactic amazement to your Halloween, these stencils will keep your pumpkin looking fully armed and operational.


Recreate a bit of ’80s nostalgia with these adorable stencils inspired by Ghostbusters. Choose the harmless and puffy, destructor known infamously as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man or the greatest team of ghost hunters that ever graced your porch.

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