Free Classic Pumpkin Carving Patterns & Ideas
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!
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!
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.
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
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!