Halloween is just hours away and that means it’s time to impress your neighbors with your pumpkin carving skills. If you don’t have any artistic ability, there are plenty of easy pumpkin carving patterns available online that will make you look like a pro.
Last year, the most popular carving patterns had a political theme with many people carving Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton’s likenesses on the front a pumpkin. Almost one year after the election, we might not see quite as many Clinton pumpkins, but there will be plenty of Trump-faced jack ‘o lanterns on the front step of your neighbors’ homes.
If a Trump pumpkin isn’t your thing, there are dozens of other ideas for carving your Halloween gourd. Pokemon, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and various MLB and NFL team stencils are available for free or for a nominal fee on sites like Zombie Pumpkins and Pumpkin Pile.
If Disney-themed jack ‘o lantern is more your style, the Queen of Free has over 100 patterns to choose from including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and characters from Frozen and Finding Dory.
Stonykins has traditional pumpkin carving patterns include witches, bats, ghosts, and haunted houses. If you are looking to carve a Hollywood-style pumpkin, head over to Pumpkin Glow and download a Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, or Elvis stencil.
HGTV is another great resource with dozens of designs, especially for novice pumpkin carvers. Find simple designs like a spooky owl, a bat, a haunted house, candy corn, and other Halloween-themed designs.
Looking for more ideas? There are hundreds of ideas to inspire you on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter as we approach a night filled with ghosts, goblins, and trick-or-treaters.
If you haven’t picked out a pumpkin yet, Mental Floss suggests that you purchase a pumpkin with a big, sturdy stem. This will help your pumpkin hold up well so it won’t cave in when you carve your design. Do not cut open the stem area if you want your design to last. Instead, make a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin, scoop out the pulp and the seeds, grab your carving tools, and start creating your Halloween masterpiece.
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