Pumpkin Carving Patterns

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The tradition of carving a pumpkin is popular in many households during the Halloween season. It is an experience that everyone remembers; from choosing the right pumpkin to preparing it for carving. Learn How to Carve a Pumpkin with our step-by-step instructions.

Pumpkins come in many sizes and shapes so when selecting a pumpkin you want to keep in mind the patterns you would like to use. When you are cleaning your pumpkin out you may want to keep what is inside. The pumpkin seeds inside can be saved and roasted. Follow the steps in How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds to learn how to make a fun snack to be enjoyed by everyone.

Once you are done cleaning it out, you can select one of the patterns below for carving the pumpkin. Follow the pumpkin carving steps below for a fun and easy jack o' lantern.


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Click on one of the pumpkin carving patterns below to download a full size version that can be used for carving a pumpkin. Print out a copy of the full size template to use in the carving.

Steps for Carving a Pumpkin Using a Template

After you have cut around the template to remove all sides and edges, center the template on the prepared pumpkin to be carved and tape it into place.
Make sure that the template is taped securely so that it does not move during the tracing of the pattern.
The next step is to transfer the pattern onto the pumpkin that you will be carving. This can be done by using a small nail, golf tee, or any other object that will make a small hole through the paper and just into the skin of the pumpkin. Follow the lines to be cut out and make small holes as you go. The solid black lines are what will be carve out of the pumpkin.
When the tracing is finished, the pumpkin will have an outline of the pattern poked into the skin. These are the lines that will be cut to create the design.
With a small knife or pumpkin carving utensil, follow the hole punches to cut out the design on the pumpkin.
When all the lines have been cut out and you are finished carving the pumpkin, light the jack o' lantern with a candle or any other light source and enjoy!


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"It helps if you cut a notch in the top of the pumpkin so you know how to put the top back on properly and after you have notched the design into the pumpkin, rub it all over with white flour, the design will really stand out and you can carve it more easily."
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"We've tried the spider and cat. I can only say that both were very easy and the cat is a great one to use with inviduals (teens especially) who are in-between beginner and intermediate in pumpkin carving skill (someone who's looking for a little more challenge). You'll certainly enjoy!"
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"I made the cat one - very cute. The template made it very easy."
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