Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns
Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Stencils
Is your Jack-o-lantern a simple grinning pumpkinhead? Turn him into something wild and creative with free pumpkin stencils you can find on the web. Below you'll find a list of sites offering free stencils, as well as information about tools and books that can help you create great-looking pumpkins, some videos to inspire you and some history about jack-o-lanterns. Get started now with these great free pumpkin carving patterns.
(Photo by Lisa Howard)
Don't settle for a plain pumpkin! There are plenty of places online that can help you create a cool jack-o-lantern. You'll be able to carve everything from Halloween witches and ghosts to scary beasts with help from these free sites.
Pumpkin Stencil Maker - Better Homes and Gardens
Kim's Free Pumpkin Patterns - About.com
Free Carving Patterns - The Pumpkin Lady
Pumpkin Cutouts - History Channel
Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas - Celebrating Halloween
Patterns - Zombie Pumpkins
Pumpkin Stencils - Hershey TrickorTreats
Put Your Own Face in Fun Halloween ECards
Personalize your own funny Halloween cards at JibJab.
Make the Most of Your Pumpkin Carving Patterns - Dremel pumpkin carving kit makes it easy to create amazing jack-o-lanterns
More Pumpkin Carving Tools - Creating the perfect jack-o-lantern is easier with the right tools
Free Halloween Photo E-Cards
Share your pumpkin carving creations with friends!
Smilebox is one of my favorite sites because they offer the ability to create wonderful e-cards that you can personalize with your own photos and text. They offer a wide variety of themes for Halloween in both a free (ad-supported) version or a premium ad-free version for only $2.99.
Throughout Britain and Ireland, there is a long tradition of carving lanterns from vegetables, particularly the turnip. This can be traced back to the legend of Stingy Jack, who tricked the Devil and was sent wandering the earth for eternity with an ember placed in a carved turnip. But not until 1837 does jack-o'-lantern appear as a term for a carved vegetable lantern, and the carved lantern does not become associated specifically with Halloween until 1866. Significantly, both occurred not in Britain or Ireland, but in North America. Historian David J. Skal writes,
"Although every modern chronicle of the holiday repeats the claim that vegetable lanterns were a time-honored component of Halloween celebrations in the British Isles, none gives any primary documentation. In fact, none of the major nineteenth-century chronicles of British holidays and folk customs make any mention whatsoever of carved lanterns in connection with Halloween. Neither do any of the standard works of the early twentieth century."
In America, the carved pumpkin was first associated with the harvest season in general, long before it became an emblem of Halloween. The poet John Greenleaf Whittier, who was born in 1807, wrote in "The Pumpkin" (1850):
"Oh!-fruit loved of boyhood!-the old days recalling,
When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!
When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,
Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!"