Sure, holiday traditions have their place. But there's no reason to stick to the old-fashioned jack-o'-lantern-style pumpkins of the past. Yes, there's the nostalgia factor, but those carvings can be tough to execute (the faces seem to want to cave in), and even — dare we say it? — a little boring. Especially to little kids.

So why not step up your carving game with some movie templates? Because Angry Birds and Frozen-inspired pumpkins are infinitely more exciting than a sad carving that's barely recognizable as a face. And before you and your kids get all intimidated by how complicated an Elsa or Groot pumpkin might look, know this: They're surprisingly easy to pull off.

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All kids have to do is choose a character, download and print the template, and get to carving.

Angry Birds

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We keep thinking the Angry Birds craze will end, but it hasn't happened yet. To feed their addiction, indulge your kids in some bird-throwing hijinks.

Angry Bird 1

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Print Angry Bird 1 here.

Angry Bird 2

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Print Angry Bird 2 here.

Angry Bird 3

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Print Angry Bird 3 here.

Next up: Finding Dory

Originally published September 2014. Updated September 2017.

Finding Dory

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These templates could turn out a-Dory-bly with the right carving knife and a little bit of patience. You know this is the kind of pumpkin art kids will talk about all year long.

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Print Dory here.


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Print Nemo here.

Next up: Frozen


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Are you sick of this movie yet? Or are Elsa, Anna and the rest of the Frozen gang pretty much a part of the family? Either way, kids will squeal with delight when you light these characters up in pumpkin form outside your front door.

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Print Anna here.


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Print Elsa here.


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Print Olaf here.

Next up: The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie

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They're not just toys anymore. The Lego Movie brought your favorite boxy yellow characters to life, and now you can bring them home for Halloween with these templates.

Emmet B.

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Print Emmet B. here.


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Print Wyldstyle here.

Next up: Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2

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The world's most cringeworthy villain-turned-super-dad is back, this time as the good guy. Have fun carving Gru and the mischievous minions with the kiddos.


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Print Gru here.

Laughing minion

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Print laughing minion here.


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Print minion here.

Purple minion

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Print purple minion here.

Next up: Maleficent


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In what will forever more be known as "The Angie Revamp" of Sleeping Beauty, we meet Maleficent, aka the wicked queen. Turns out she wasn't always so wicked — but what turned her heart to stone? You've got to love a good backstory.


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Print Maleficent here.

Next up: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Sometimes the bad guys aren't so bad. In Guardians of the Galaxy, those "bad" guys have to learn to work together to save the galaxy from total destruction. Pick your favorite guardian to display at Halloween, or carve them both and have a team of Guardians guarding your home.


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Print Groot here.

Rocket Raccoon

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Print Rocket Raccoon here.

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