Free Scary Pumpkin Stencils

A line of artistically cut jack-o-lanterns
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  • 01 of 06

    Scary Werewolf Jack-o-Lantern

    Template for a werewolf jack-o-lantern carving
    David Beaulieu

    Scary pumpkin stencils ​are just what the doctor ordered for folks with creative minds but unsteady hands. Apply those offered here to your pumpkins to paint or carve awesome jack-o-lantern designs for Halloween. All of these designs work best on pumpkins that are short and fat, rather than tall and skinny.

    These designs are printable, for ease of use (Ctrl + P in Windows). Remove the black areas using scissors. Then you are ready to trace guidelines on your pumpkin. With the guidelines in place, paint a face on your pumpkin with the assurance that the design will come out well even if you are not good at drawing.

    Alternatively, some of the designs are just as useful for templates for carving jack-o-lanterns. In the latter case, you will want to trace the design on the pumpkin, then, following your guidelines, use a sharp instrument (such as an Exacto knife) to carve right through the pumpkin shell.

    Where will this werewolf jack-o-lantern strike next with his wolf teeth and boar tusks? Werewolves are a natural for Halloween. The werewolf story is based on a man named Peter Stumpp. It seems Peter was executed in the late 16th century in the town of Bedburg, Germany after he had committed gruesome crimes for years in this German village.

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  • 02 of 06

    Skull and Crossbones Jack-o-Lantern Design

    Skull-and-crossbones jack-o-lantern design
    David Beaulieu

    The skull and crossbones design fits well into a pirate theme for Halloween decorating. It also fits right in with the death theme that is such a big part of this holiday.

    To carve your jack-o-lantern or paint it? That is the question. To carve, remove some (but not all) of the pumpkin's flesh, to define the head. Removing some of the flesh will expose the lighter color of the pumpkin that lies beneath the orange exterior. This contrast in color will make the skull stand out. For the facial features (eyes, nose, etc.), cut entirely through the pumpkin shell.

    Most people, however, will want to paint this jack-o-lantern design, rather than carving it.

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  • 03 of 06

    Pumpkin Skull Carving

    Pumpkin-skull carving stencil
    David Beaulieu

    Are you doing a pumpkin skull carving or painting for your scary Halloween designs? Do you need a template to guide your hand? This skull will be easy even for beginners to trace out on a pumpkin.

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  • 04 of 06

    Jason Mask Stencil

    Jason Vorhees mask stencil
    David Beaulieu

    The scary hockey-goalie mask of Jason Voorhees is a natural for scary pumpkin stencils.

    Jason, the infamous Friday the 13th character, continues to be popular at Halloween time. One even sees Jason scarecrows once in a while, used as yard decorations.

    This printable stencil makes for an easy template to paint a scary jack-o-lantern face. Use this Halloween template to paint designs on average-sized pumpkins. While it would be possible to carve a jack-o-lantern using this scary Halloween stencil, a painting will work out better.

    All of these scary Halloween stencils are printable on letter-size paper.

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  • 05 of 06

    Scary Devil Printable Design

    Scary devil printable design for pumpkins
    David Beaulieu

    Use this printable pumpkin design to carve a jack-o-lantern that will scare the local kids right out of their trick-or-treat costumes.

    Just print, trace and carve. It is as simple as that.

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  • 06 of 06

    Bat Design to Trace on Your Jack-o-Lantern

    Bat stencils to put on a pumpkin
    David Beaulieu

    Bats are an ever-popular theme for Halloween decorating. There is something scary about a creature that resembles a rat but flies around. Then, of course, there are all the traditional associations with vampires (Count Dracula, etc.).