It’s time to carve out a place of honor for your pumpkin in the neighborhood Halloween parade with one of our cool pumpkin stencils. Whether you want a minifig, Wonder Woman or a classic pumpkin design, you’ll find a little bit of everything (and all skill levels) here. Scroll through the photos below, then print and get glowing!
The Pumpkin King
Introduce your littles to the classic Nightmare Before Christmas with this creepy-cool carving. Grab the template from Casey Henson by clicking here.
We totally "dig" this grave for our porch this year. Imagine how cool it would look to have a bunch of these light up the night? Download the template from Pumpkin Pile here.
This Maleficent design glows something wicked. All the thin lines and her wicked grin need a special touch—this one is for you serious carvers out there. Grab the download over at Pumpkin Glow.
It's a big year for the Sesame Street gang, and it's fun to celebrate! Carve everyone’s favorite Muppet onto your pumpkins this year with this cool template from Sweet Happy Life. To save time, the kids can carve the eyes and nose, and you can go to town on Elmo’s fuzzy mouth.
Get ready for Frozen 2 with an olaf pumpkin. To grab the template from Orange and Black Pumpkins, click here.
Who You Gonna Call?
I Am Groot!
A Spooky Shriek
Everything is awesome, including this simple design from Think Geek. Perfect for any LEGO-crazy kid, you'll want to keep your pumpkin on the porch long after Halloween is over.
While this design is probably for expert carvers, we can't help but love all the details! Plus, all those Paw Patrol pups you’ll see making their way to your front door will be delighted. Get the pattern over at Stoneykins.
Kids who loved Detective Pokemon will love being greeted by Pikachu when they arrive at your door. Parents, you’ll love how easy this design is to carve. Download the template here.
It wouldn’t be All Hallows Eve without a black cat lurking about, and we think this stencil from Woo Jr. is just the right balance of spooky and sweet. Download the template by clicking here.
Cute Candy Corn
Carve out an ode to Halloween’s favorite sugary treat—candy corn. This design looks as sweet as candy corn tastes, and it’s a design that's a breeze to tackle with your littlest trick or treaters. Grab the template over Free Fun Halloween.
Double, double toil and trouble! Give trick or treaters traveling by broom their own cauldron for the big night with this pumpkin stencil. The hardest part will be making sure the bubbles in the mysterious brew turn out just right. Grab the design over at Celebrating Halloween.
They Aren't Plumbers
The Mario Bros. are having a major comeback, and we are totally loving it! Keep the feels going with this fun carving template. Download the stencil over at Mario Mayhem.
Room on the Broom
Go the more traditional route with Home Life Weekly‘s classic carving, featuring the spooky silhouettes of a witch and her bat friend. Let the little ones carve the large parts like the witch’s hat, and you can take the reins for the details of the bat.
Spiders love to drop in for Halloween, and with this template, it's easy! The big sections that need to be carved out make this one perfect for beginners. Click here to grab the pdf.
It's the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Pop on the classic Halloween special while you carve Charlie himself. With a little shading to add dimension to the design, this project is a step up from your usual happy face design. Click here to print out the template from Pumpkin Glow.
Feel the (Carving) Force
If your Star Wars fans aren't so sure about joining the dark side, there are plenty of other characters to choose from too. See them all at Star Wars by clicking here.
Whoooo wants to carve a pumpkin? A simple and sweet design featuring an owl resting on a branch will make little ones smile. Click here to print the pattern from Pumpkin Carving Templates.
You and your crew are in Wonder Woman overdrive this year, so this classic logo is the perfect addition to your porch. Grab the download from the Stencil Gallery.
Guide the Way
Little Wayfinders will be guided by the heart of Te Fiti when it glows brightly on Halloween night. This simple but stunning design will be a hit with the porch parade! Get the stencil over at Free Stencil Gallery.
This crazy cool sugar skull carving can hang around for Day of the Dead, so it’ll be worth the time you spend carving it out of your pumpkin! Get the printable over at Pumpkin Craze.
Your sweet gal is obsessed with all things Shopkins. Give in to the craze and carve up a cute version of favorite collectible character Apple Blossom. From Pumpkin Pile, this one will get plenty of cheers. Download the template here.
Light the Way
For a different take on glowing pumpkins, try this candelabra design from HGTV. You can either go spooky with an eerie glow or make it classy with bright shiny light. You can print it out over at HGTV.
This design from Woo Jr. takes us back to our days of Pac-Man and pinball machines—with a Halloween twist! The large blocks of pumpkin to be cut out make this a pretty easy design for little ones to pull off, too.
Spell It Out
This one simply says it all. Download it from Pumpkin Pile now!
Arrrr! A pirate pumpkin is perfect for the plunder that is Halloween night. Your little buccaneers will even have a fellow matey to welcome them home after a night of collecting serious booty. Download the design over at Pumpkin Pile.
—Susie Foresman & Gabby Cullen
Featured photo: iStock