There’s no great secret to pumpkin carving. With a few simple preparations and the right tools, you can create fantastic faces with a range of scowling, howling expressions. And when you’re done, don’t forget to save the seeds for a delicious, nutritious snack.
Ready-to-go Carving Stencils
Looking for inspiration when it comes to carving your jack-o-lanterns? Use these stencils to get a head start – simply click on the name of a stencil to print, and follow the instructions in our carving guide below.
|Batty Bat Wing|
Don't forget to save the seeds for a yummy roasted snack.
- Choose a pumpkin that best suits the face you intend to carve into it - tall and skinny for a scary Frankenstein, short and fat for a friendly fellow. Remember: there's no need to find a flawless pumpkin. Bumps, growths and discolouration can make great noses, warts and freckles.
- Don't overlook gourds, squash and even watermelon. They can also make fun jack-o'-lanterns, and you can create a whole family using different types.
- Cut a large round piece out of the bottom of the pumpkin instead of at the stem, so it sits evenly and can easily be set over a candle.
- To make your pumpkin last, wash the insides with a mild bleach solution (to slow decay) and coat the cut edges with petroleum jelly.
- Don't forget to save the seeds for a yummy roasted snack.