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

It’s time, y’all! Pumpkin spice is running rampant — maybe a little too rampant (seriously, has anybody else seen those pumpkin spice tortilla chips? Calm yourselves). Even though most stores busted out the pumpkins and hay bales in August, Halloween is finally here. And you know what that means: pumpkin carving, treats and tricks, Christmas stuff starts showing up on store shelves way too early…

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.

A version of this article was originally published in March 2014 and updated September 2020.

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