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Spooky Pumpkin-Carving Templates for Your Kid’s Best Jack-O-Lantern Yet

Lilian Burns

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 is finally here. Yes, even though most stores busted out the pumpkins and hay bales in August. 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 more than 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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