As pumpkin spice continues to run rampant all month — maybe a little too rampant (seriously, has anybody else seen those pumpkin spice tortilla chips? Calm yourselves), it’s time we admit it: Halloween season is finally here. And you know what that means: treats and tricks, Christmas stuff starts showing up on store shelves way too early … and pumpkin-carving with some of the best jack-o’-lantern templates out there.
Maybe your Halloween tradition is to carve a sole pumpkin, set out a bowl of candy, and watch from the window as all the tiny witches and ghosts clamor on your porch steps. Maybe you go full-blown haunted house, make a holiday treat, and have listed pumpkin-carving as a special skill on your resume. Or maybe you’re a fan of watching a couple kid-friendly Halloween movies, reading Halloween stories with the kids, and sending them off for trick-or-treating with their friends while you turn off all the lights and pretend no one is home. However you do Halloween, if pumpkin-carving is on the agenda, chances are you could use some help (we know we could).
We’ve rounded up over 100 pumpkin-carving templates and patterns for Halloween to make sure your spooky squashes get oohed and aahed by trick-or-treaters of all ages. From classic to modern, easy to difficult, we’ve got something for everyone — and every skill level. So roll up your sleeves, squish some pumpkin guts, and get ready to brag because these templates are spook-tacular.
Psst: If you don’t have a pumpkin-carving kit yet, we love this one just for kids
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A version of this article was originally published in March 2014.
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