If your standby jack-o-lantern is a gaped-tooth grinner, why not think outside of the gourd this year? It’s easier than you’d expect to create a jaw-dropping carving thanks to free printable templates for every interest and skill level. Whether you want Olaf, a pirate ship or a cute Minion perched on your front stoop you’ll get the how-to here. Click through the slideshow for ideas.

Minion

Any "Despicable Me" fans out there? A bit of detail work on the hair and overalls will all be worth it when this cute minion comes to life. Click over to Pumpkin Pile to get the template.

  • Minion
  • Charlie Brown
  • Pirate Skull
  • Olaf
  • Pirate Ship
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Bats
  • Cinderella
  • Angry Bird
  • Wiggle Ghost
  • Sulley
  • LEGO
  • Owl Face
  • Flower
  • Jack Skellington
  • Brown Recluse Spider
  • Alien
  • Hello Kitty
  • Stormtrooper
  • Owl
  • Zombie Hand
  • Captain America
  • Howling Wolf
  • Scared Silly

What design will you carve on your pumpkin this year? Let us know in the Comments below!

— Susie Foresman

featured photo: Olaf Gradin via flickr