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These Pumpkin-Carving Templates Pretty Much Guarantee a Stellar Jack-o'-Lantern

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

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Carving templates for the perfect pumpkin

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Carving templates for the perfect pumpkin

Let's be real. Pumpkin-carving can be tear-inducing. Sure, it's all in the name of good fun, but when kids dive in and just can't seem to pull off the great artistic vision they have in their heads, they get frustrated. What may exist in a little mind's eye as a perfectly executed (and totally spooky) jack-o'-lantern face can turn into a major mess with one false move.

While this cold dose of reality is quite common, don't fret. Pumpkin-carving can still be fun — and worthy of an Instagram snap — when you prepare by printing off a few simple templates in advance. We've got bats, monsters, ghosts, skulls, happy pumpkin faces and plenty more printables to impress your (and everybody else's) kids this Halloween.

Originally published September 2015. Updated September 2017.

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Baby ghost

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Baby ghost

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Bat

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Bat

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Bat cave

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Bat cave

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Batty 'boo'

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Batty 'boo'

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Cowboy pumpkin

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Cowboy pumpkin

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Cyclops monster

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Cyclops monster

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Dapper skull

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Dapper skull

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Goblin

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Goblin

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Goofy Frankenstein

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Goofy Frankenstein

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Grim Reaper

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Grim Reaper

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Halloween mask

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Halloween mask

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'Happy Halloween'

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'Happy Halloween'

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Happy pumpkin

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Happy pumpkin

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Haunted castle

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Haunted castle

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Headless Horseman

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Headless Horseman

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Laughing pumpkin

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Laughing pumpkin

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Mummy

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Mummy

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Scared face

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Scared face

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Skull

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Skull

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Skull with bow

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Skull with bow

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Skull with crown

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Skull with crown

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Smiley vampire

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Smiley vampire

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Smiling cat

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Smiling cat

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Spiderweb

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Spiderweb

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Spooked cat

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Spooked cat

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Spooky ghost

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Spooky ghost

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'Spooky' spider

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'Spooky' spider

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Witch

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Witch

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Witch hat

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Witch hat

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Evil laugh

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Evil laugh

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Pin it!

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Pin it!

Don't go rogue with your pumpkin carving this year. Pin it!

 

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