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Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Updated on October 15, 2013

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.

Free Pumpkin Carving


Pumpkin Stencil Maker - Better Homes and Gardens

Kim's Free Pumpkin Patterns -

Free Carving Patterns - The Pumpkin Lady

Pumpkin Cutouts - History Channel

Pumpkin Carving Templates - KOA

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas - Celebrating Halloween

Patterns - Zombie Pumpkins

Nick Jr. Pumpkin Patterns

Pumpkin Stencils - Hershey TrickorTreats

Put Your Own Face in Fun Halloween ECards

Halloween ecards
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

Dremel 7000-PK 6-Volt Pumpkin Carving Kit
Dremel 7000-PK 6-Volt Pumpkin Carving Kit

If you're tired of flimsy pumpkin carving tools that bend and break, the Dremel pumpkin carving kit may be what you need. Here are some of the features of this tool:

- 6 Volt

- Two Carving Speeds

- High-Speed Cutter Accessory for Detailed Sculpting

- 10 artistic jack-o'-lantern templates

- Lightweight and Cordless


More Pumpkin Carving Tools - Creating the perfect jack-o-lantern is easier with the right tools

Pumpkin Carving Tool Set
Pumpkin Carving Tool Set

If you want to carve intricate or extreme pumpkin patterns, you'll need the right tools to make the cuts that will turn your pumpkin into a piece of art. This set include nine carving tools to help you get the job done.


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!"

Source: Wikipedia

If You Can't Carve... Cheat! - Turn your pumpkin into a pirate

Pirate Pumpkin Kit
Pirate Pumpkin Kit

Creating a pirate pumpkin from this kit is so easy, even a child can do it. Just get a pumpkin (not included) and have fun poking these pirate pieces into it. No carving, no cutting, and none of that gooey pumpkin stuff to deal with! Fun for anyone who loves Mr. Potato Head!


Extreme Pumpkin Carving - For advanced carvers...

Extreme Pumpkin Carving: 20 Amazing designs from Frightful to Fabulous
Extreme Pumpkin Carving: 20 Amazing designs from Frightful to Fabulous

Providing a new twist on a holiday tradition, this book illustrates how to carve three-dimensional faces and scenes in pumpkins using tools ranging from kitchen knives to carving gouges and chisels. Complete information is provided for getting started, including an overview of tools and tips for finding the best pumpkin to work with. Step-by-step instructions are detailed for using handy household tools to carve dramatic Halloween figures and using professional tools for creating more elaborate and intricate details. Twenty pumpkin carving patterns are provided and include full-color photographs of each finished carving.


Pumpkin Carving is Fun

By FOX 52 [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons
By FOX 52 [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

Any Pumpkin Carving Tips?

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      Susie05 4 years ago

      This is so cool!! Love the pumpkin carving ideas!

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      Time for me to start looking for a deer pumpkin stencil. My hubby might even carve one this year

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      klbhokie 4 years ago

      Great lens! I have heard that rubbing petroleum jelly on the cut, "open" areas of a pumpkin seals in moisture and helps delay molding.

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      hgb282 4 years ago

      The 5 min. 3D pumpkin face caving video is fantastic. Helpful ideas. Thanks

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      kristopherstarliper 4 years ago

      Great lens! I like the Mr. Potato Head Pumpkin. I might just get lazy this year and do that. I'll tell people it's Mr. Potato Head wearing a pumpkin costume.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I do love Halloween and enjoy looking at all the fun pumpkins

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      OUTFOXprevention1 4 years ago

      Great carving ideas! Can't wait for fall.

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      TemporaryTattoo1 5 years ago

      Great lens, pity I didn`t come across this in time for halloween.

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      Essentially Ind 5 years ago

      Liked your lens.........:)

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      cinefile 5 years ago

      Love halloween. sadly we had almost no kids show up this year!

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      poorwendy lm 5 years ago

      Great resource that I actually visited for this year's Halloween.

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      ziijfurntiture1 5 years ago

      This lens was hit, and I hope so it'll stay until next Halloween :)

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      earaja 5 years ago

      nice advise for pumpkin carving

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Happy Halloween! Again!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens :)

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      salele 5 years ago

      Very nice pumpkin carving lens and educative too.

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      neomil 5 years ago

      I like this lens

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      Just in time for the celebrations tomorrow night - thanks

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Great Lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      The modern pumpkin carving tool sets are safe even for younger kids. It's more fun than watching a grown-up do it.

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      Alan Katz 5 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for sharing. My daughter and I loved it.

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      TravelEase 5 years ago

      Imaginative designs.

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      jessjohnson lm 5 years ago

      This is just awesome artwork! Wish I could do one. Great lens!

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      UltimatePumpkinStencils 5 years ago

      Hey Pumpkin Carvers! We have a great deal on right now at Add $20 worth of stencils to your basket, enter coupon code: 2012deal at checkout, then watch your order instantly decrease by 50%! This counts for all additional products added also during that purchase :-) Happy Carving!

      Promotion ends October 24th

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Brilliant ideas! Thanks!

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      MelissaRodgz 5 years ago

      Thanks for putting this list of free templates online. I love carving pumpkins but prefer to create my own unique carving.

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      Marti Lawrence 5 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      What awesome pumpkin carving artwork! I'd never seen the Mr. Potato Head set - what a clever idea that is!

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      Just decided to come by and sprinkle some angel dust now that I got my wings back.

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      ShineRita 5 years ago

      These days I am thinking about it! The book of "Pumpkin Carving" seems helpful.

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      IngridGras 5 years ago talent

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      UltimatePumpkinStencils 5 years ago

      Ultimate Pumpkin Stencils has a great video on how to carve a pumpkin with POWER TOOLS! This should help you carve your tough skinned pumpkins.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      @LynetteBell: Nice question, I was wondering the same, you can't even peel the skin off, you have to bake some with the skins still on.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I have a hard are pumpkins in the uSA as in NZ they very hard? We have grey skin pumpkins which are not as big as the ones shown in the US webs etc. I have trouble cutting ours in half let alone carving them. So have been wondering just how hard are they? Also we are in Spring not Autumn so pumpkins not plentiful.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for sharing!

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      dpgal 5 years ago

      Great ideas. I am no artist so pumpkin carving stencils are the way to go! Fun video too.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I've got some fun pumpkin stencils on my web site - love your collection of carving templates!

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      casquid 5 years ago

      The pumpkin carving video was fun to watch. Trying that this year! Thanks!

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      MalenasMom 5 years ago

      Great ideas thanks!

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      bidandrew 5 years ago

      Autumn-to-do-list! yay! :)

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      bwet 5 years ago

      Terrific ideas you have here. Gonna try doing one myself

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      UltimatePumpkinStencils 5 years ago

      Ultimate Pumpkin Stencils is offering some free pumpkin stencils to join our facebook page: Happy Carving!

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I've never been good at carving pumpkins. Patterns are the way to go!

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      jasminesphotogr 5 years ago

      Love this lens! I wanted to try some carving stencils this year.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Always looking for a new pattern. Love, love, love carving a pumpkin each year. d

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      These ideas are so cool. That video has some awesome carving tips. My sister, who is a great artist, is really good at doing pumpkin carvings. I'm not so great at it, but I might try to do some this year. Thank you for sharing.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I never had a pumpkin turn out like these! Wonderful job--guess I'll have to give it another try :>)

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      saltwaterfishtankguide 5 years ago

      Great Lens, easy to see why you are a "giant squid". Keep on creating. If you get a chance stop by my mine some time.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Who knew people carved turnips? Well, you did! Love the information on this lens as well as the resources!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      What a great lens! I liked all the ideas.

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      Sparkler923 5 years ago

      Thanks for the pumpkin patterns. Now where did I put my pumpkin =)

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      air ambulance s 5 years ago

      Ray's a genius. I'm speechless. That is just pure gift and talent. Thanks for sharing! Great lens!

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Really cute lens!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Boo-lessed! Happy Halloween 2012!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I always use patterns when I carve my pumpkins - I love the way they turn out! Pinned so I can find this closer to Halloween.

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      radasum 5 years ago

      Good ideas for pumpkin carving patterns. Nice lens.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Boo blessed and added to my lens...Squid Angel flinnie.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      This is a great site for free pumpkin carving patterns, thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very cool idea, nice lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens

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      MisterHalloween 5 years ago

      Fantastic job on the lens. Tons of great pumpkin carving ideas for the upcoming 2012 Halloween season. Carving pumpkins is one of my favorite activities I look forward to every year. This lens will help me out and inspire me with some new designs. Thanks!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Fun ideas! My kids always insist that we carve pumpkins each year, and I'm always glad that we do. It's so much fun!

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      Fun ideas for pumpkin carving. I love how artistic some pumpkins can look.

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      LaMode 5 years ago

      Very Nice

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      MarkSierra 5 years ago

      I have no tips to offer, but can give you a WOW on that video. That guy is simply amazing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A great lens with lots of pictures and instruction to inspire me to carve a pumpkin. Pinned and blessed by a Squid Angel..

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

      beautiful lens with lots of info and an amazing, inspiring video...... thanks for sharing!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I am always amazed at the skill some people have in carving fabulous looking Jack O' Lanterns! Great resources here for patterns.

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      orthopedic dog b 5 years ago

      Been looking for this stuff. Thanks.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      Beautiful pumpkin carvings.

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      compugraphd 5 years ago


      Being Jewish, Halloween isn't a holiday we celebrate (except to give goodies to the kids who come to the door), so pumpkin, to me, is something to eat, not carve.

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      DigbyAdams 5 years ago

      Thanks for pulling all this information together. I love jack-o-lanterns and carved pumpkins. Finding unusual patterns is very time consuming.

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      No. I'm a novice, but I do think that I may try to carve one this year. It's been a while since I've done that, but it looks like fun.

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      teamlane 5 years ago

      Very apropos lens for this upcoming time of year, eh! :)

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      KevCooper 5 years ago

      I can't believe it will soon be Pumpkin carving time again.

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      UltimatePumpkinStencils 5 years ago

      Hey! Don't forget about us... we have a great selection of pumpkin stencils for Halloween. Please add us to your list above. Happy Halloween! :)

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I'm going to try to get a little more creative this year! Thanks

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      You have really provided some great templates for memorable pumpkin carving. I'm hoping to take this year's jack-o-lanterns to a whole new level. Thanks!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      amazing creativity. love the ideas and carvings.

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      wiedruce 6 years ago

      Hello.. I love your lens..very interesting and full of ideas.. Thank you for sharing.

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      desa999 lm 6 years ago

      I like the layout of your lens. Very nicely done. I can see why you are so successful.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great ideas for putting in the garden to light the way

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      carve outside! Great lens, 5*

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      poppy11 6 years ago

      Thanks for this - our twin boys keep wanting to carve their pumpkins but my attempts have always seemed pretty amateurish. Now I have no excuse!

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      HuntAndFishGuides 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips, we made a couple Angry Bird pumpkins this year and they looked cool as heck, but it just wasn't the same as carving them out.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Funny I never think about pumpkins til October

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      Jennifer_Glennon 6 years ago

      The best pumpkin carving tip that I came up with this year was to wait until my 4 year old was in bed. She was disappointed, but there was less blood shed.

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      "Vegetable Lantern." What a nice phrase! I will use that one for sure. I love our pumpkins, carved or not.

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      TopModels 6 years ago

      A most creative lens and it's no surprise to find it in the top ten Squidoo lenses.

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      great ideas for carvings... :)

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      rangiiria 6 years ago

      I cannot give you any pumpkin carving tips - looks like you've covered everything. Great lens

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      greenlungsofpoland 6 years ago

      nice still amazed at how long our friends in the USA celebrate Halloween for it's like a weekend in the UK and a whole month in the US and then straight into christmas - stop me my head is spinning

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      mistyblue75605 lm 6 years ago

      Awesome Halloween lens! I love to carve pumpkins.

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      CreativeExpress 6 years ago

      Since carving has never been my thing, I love the pirate idea from Mr. Potato Head:)! Great lens!

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      ShareBeez 6 years ago

      Love this and my kids are going to love them too!

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      jaredsgirl 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thanks for the free patterns and pumpkin carving tips! Very helpful.

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      Lisa Remmick 6 years ago

      Great work on the lens.... I love this time of year and have some great ideas for carving.

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      Heather B 6 years ago

      Nice lens :) I can't wait to get carving this year!

      I've done a lens with the same theme and I've linked back to yours in my "Featured Lenses" section!