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Free Classic Pumpkin Carving Patterns & Ideas

Updated on September 20, 2017

This little witch loves a classic jackolantern!


Is it old-fashioned to carve a classic jackolantern?

Every year I lose the family pumpkin carving contest! I do not know why.

My jackolanterns are usually based on the pumpkin faces that I grew up with as a child. No Darth Vader or Mickey Mouse faces did I see in my childhood trick-or-treating. The carved pumpkins I saw had two eyes, a triangular nose and a jagged, toothy grin.

Every year my children go to the store and buy a book with complicated patterns and templates for creating a jack o lantern. Nothing is wrong with that, but I am trying to preserve tradition by creating a classic pumpkin for my porch.

I have included some classic pumpkin patterns and ideas on this page if you need the help! Just keep on scrolling down the page. Don't forget to take the poll.

Spot my 2 carved pumpkins? Losers again!

Spot my 2 carved pumpkins? Losers again! Sorry it is fuzzy.
Spot my 2 carved pumpkins? Losers again! Sorry it is fuzzy. | Source

A tip for lighting up your jackolantern:

Use tissue paper over the cut outs on your pumpkin to soften the glow of the candle. Just cut the tissue to size and rub on the inside of your carved pumpkin. If it has trouble sticking, use thumb tacks to hold the tissue on the inside of the scooped out jack.

In 2011, I did not carve my pumpkin's face!

2011 Uncarved Pumpkin
2011 Uncarved Pumpkin | Source

Not the classic "Mr. Potato Head Pumpkin Push Ins" used above, however, the spiders below are really creepy!

Classic Halloween Inspiration for Pumpkins

The October 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine got me fired up for creating a "traditional" Halloween pumpkin again. As you can see from the picture I took of the cover, you can use a classic carved pattern on all sorts of pumpkins. Bet you could even draw a cute and scary face on a gourd, too.

I bet that if you had a glue gun, you could put some "bling" (ie. a fake diamond or rinestone) on one of the carved teeth of your pumpkin. That way no one would think that you are old-fashioned if you jazz up your jack o lantern.

Image: magazine cover taken with my iPhone.

Classic Pumpkin Face Template

Click on the link above, then click on the jackolantern to open a pdf to download and print.

Kraft has published easy instructions for carving a pumpkin--click Pumpkin Carving Guide to find them.

Poll: Classic or Funky Pumpkins on Your Porch? - Vote in the poll below to let me know what kind of jackolantern stencil you will be using.

OK, fess up! Do you enjoy carving those complicated design templates and patterns on your Jack O Lanterns? Will Darth Vader or Tinkerbell for your great pumpkin? Be honest and share your opinion after you vote in the poll. Thanks. Oh, and don't forget to "tweet' this poll. The more answers I get, the higher Google will rank me.


Do you find Halloween joy from carving a

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Big Grin on this Carved Jackolantern Pumpkin!

Another Classic Pattern to Carve on a Pumpkin

A Family of Carved Pumpkins - Yes, green pumpkins can be carved!

To find more free ideas, go to Pumpkin Carving at the Family Circle website. The picture above is a screen shot.

Funny Pumpkin--a Classic with googly eyes! - Free jack-o-lantern patterns from your favorite candy company!

Find this funny and easy stencil for a Jackolantern!

Funny Jackolantern Pattern from Hershey--yes, the chocolate people. You will find lot of free stencils and patterns on this website. You might even find something not so traditional. Yes, you just might find a vampire!

As my grandson says on his home phone answering machine-- - leave a message!

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      6 years ago

      YES! I am addicted to pumpkins ... and love the color of orange. BOOyah!

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      mouse1996 lm 

      6 years ago

      I love carved pumpkins. They are so fun and unique.

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      7 years ago

      I always carve traditional style Jack-O-lanterns. Tradition is what Halloween is all about.

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @kerbev: Love ET. It would be cool if you found a pumpkin that was kind of shaped like his head. Then you could just carve a "classic" face on it.

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @marigoldina: My "personal" experiences have made this lens possible!

      Thanks for a feature. Will go check out your lens.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the info on where to get free stencils and patterns

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      Heather B 

      7 years ago

      Cute lens! I really like how you've incorporated your personal pumpkin carving experiences into your article! I'll be putting you down as a featured lens on my lens about pumpkin carving templates :)

    • kerbev profile image


      7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      This year, I'm thinking of carving E.T. on my pumpkin. We'll see.

    • hlkljgk profile image


      7 years ago from Western Mass

      thanks for the ideas


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