You can't celebrate Halloween without carving a fun, festive pumpkin or two. But when it comes time to make designs behind the basic triangle eyes and toothy smile, things can get a little, well, messy. And we don't just mean the actual mess that comes with pumpkin carving — like the goop scooping part of the process. Carving a cool pumpkin is actually downright difficult, and if you're trying to involve the grandkids, well, forget it. But we've got a trick to keep crafts easy and eerie this year, and that's pumpkin stencils.
We came up with seven different pumpkin stencils, both sweet and spooky, to keep your holiday decorations on point this year. It's simple. Just prep your pumpkins, print out these images, tape them to the face of your pumpkin, and cut out all the black. Once you've finished, you'll be left with the most epic jack-o-lanterns on the block. And just in case you really want to get things perfect, we've left plenty of time between now and All Hallow's Eve so you can practice your technique and get it exactly right. So which stencil is calling your name — or calling out to your grandchildren? Check out all seven below.
Psst, these cheap pumpkin carving tools will help your masterpiece come to live.
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This scary stencil features a wolf howling at the moon. It's time let your wild side roam.
Want something a little cuter? This classic witch hat brings the seasonal fun without getting too scary.
Now this is the ultimate in creepy cool. Just as long as all the real spiders don't get any ideas about taking up residence on our porch.
Whoooo could say no to this festive decoration? This owl has its eyes on you for the holiday.
This group of ghosts is the perfect design for you and all the ghouls to do together. Get a whole gang going.
Forget black cats and bad luck. This cat pumpkin will bring plenty of festive fortune.
These clean easy lines are easier to follow than echolocation in the dark. Plus, who doesn't want some bats by the front door? Just make sure to keep this on the ground instead of hanging from the rafters.
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