Halloween pumpkin carving is a fashionable pastime during Halloween. Learn how to impress your friends to make special and cool pumpkins using carving stencils and free pumpkin carving templates. Spooky pumpkin carving patterns are most popular as a Halloween decoration so read on for tips ideas on how to make a scary pumpkin.

Spooky pumpkin stencils are easily available online and best of all – they are FREE! Below are a few sources of creepy Halloween patterns, ideas for creating exceptional evil pumpkin faces from scratch, and links to additional pumpkin carving resources.

Free Spooky Pumpkin Stencils

The Martha Stewart website offers three spooky pumpkin carving patterns in a single PDF file. These three Halloween pumpkin templates have scary looking eyes and toothy pumpkin mouths that will definitely scare the next door kids.

Spooky Halloween patterns.

The DotComWomen website offers a variety of stencil styles. Special and simple to use patterns include graveyard tombstone, cute sad ghost, and pretty flowers pumpkin templates. Click on any patterns to download or print. There is also a pumpkin carving ideas gallery with special pumpkin displays such as scary pumpkin cannibals.

Using a Pumpkin Template or Stencil

It is ideal to begin with a simple pumpkin carving stencil if you're new to the whole pumpkin carving routine. More seasoned pumpkin carvers may select a more difficult pumpkin carving pattern and cut all the way through the pumpkin. Here is the lowdown on how to use a printed pumpkin stencil:

1. Preferably print two copies of the pumpkin carving pattern.

2. Attach the stencil onto the pumpkin and use a sharp pin to make a line of pin points along the lines in the image of the pumpkin stencil.

3.Lift the pumpkin carving pattern from a corner to check the pin points to ensure that they are clear enough to use as guidelines (go over them with the same method if they are not).

4. Remove the pumpkin carving stencil.

5. Cut along the top of the pumpkin around the stem of the pumpkin and remove the insides of the pumpkin.

6. Use the second copy of the printable pumpkin carving stencil to guide you when carving.

Painting a Halloween Pumpkin

More original and contemporary Jack-o-lanterns can be created using various paints in conjunction with carving to play around with how the pumpkin looks when lit. Spray paint is a quick and easy way to paint a pumpkin. Spray paint can also be used in conjunction with any stencils.