Want the Coolest Jack-O-Lantern on the Block?

If you're looking for ideas of what to carve into your pumpkin, the internet is full of them. You just have to know where to look.

All set for Halloween? Costume? Candy? Jack-O-Lantern? No?

If you’re among the many who wait to the last minute to carve your pumpkin, here are some links to stencils that may help you with carving ideas.

Do you have any Disney fans in the house? Check out the Disney Family website to get stencils for everything from Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” to Pooh Bear and "Phineas and Ferb." If you’ve got a little princess fan, you will find a few Disney Princess stencils here too.

While Disney is big in my house, Nick Jr. favorites like “Team Umizoomi” are just as big. They also offer stencils for pumpkins on their site. You’ll find the Umizoomi gang along with “Dora the Explorer,” “Blue’s Clues,” and "Yo Gaba Gaba!"

An often used site for carvings is Pumpkin Pile, which offers stencils of all kinds. You’ll find movies (ie. Star Wars, Ghostbusters, E.T., Harry Potter), video game characters, sports logos, car logos, even Obama and Romney stencils on the site. When you click on the stencil, don’t be surprised if you get a message from the site's operators asking for some support.

Think the children are the only ones who are catered to this time of year. Thank you History Channel for throwing us grown ups a few, ahem, bones. They have a few simple patterns and some that would seem logical for the channel to have including patriotic stencils and one of presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the Liberty Bell, and pilgrims.

Here are some other sites I found links too. Please feel free to suggest others in the comments.

  • Spookmaster.com – These folks have a few freebies. There is a daily freebie. Of course they have others for a fee.
  • Stoneykins - Checked this site quickly and found unique stencils that included a zombified Billy Jo Armstrong (from the band Green Day) and Anne Frank. Also, there are only about 100 free stencils. Others are available for a fee.
  • Pumpkin Stencil Maker - Better Homes and Gardens is offering some carving tips. This page includes a how-to video with some great ideas.
  • Kim's Free Pumpkin Patterns - About.com. This site has a handful of fun faces you might have fun carving into your pumpkin.
  • Free Carving Patterns - The Pumpkin Lady offers a few freebies set apart from the ones you need to pay for. The freebies include a ribbon cut out and a ribbon etching.
  • Pumpkin Carving Templates – I found this KOA suggestion interesting. If you really love camping, here are your stencils. The site also provides some tips on how to carve.
  • Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas - Celebrating Halloween has traditional stencils. You might have to endure a short political ad. This site also has political stencils for both presidential candidates. And the video that plays after the ad has tips on how to keep young trick-or-treaters safe.
  • Pumpkin Stencils - Hershey Trick-or-Treats has three stencils that the youngsters might enjoy. They range from easy to intermediate.
  • HGTV - HGTV has beginner and advanced stencils you might want to check out.
  • Finally, TMZ – The gossip site is offering stencils. This is for those of you who are tired of fruitlessly searching for stencils that feature Miley Cyrus, Cee Lo Green and Mama June from TLC’s “Honey Boo Boo.”


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