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Pumpkin Carving Patterns: Free?!

It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s time to start thinking about what you want your pumpkins to look like this year! I used to enter my pumpkins in pumpkin carving contests when I was a kid, so I was always on the lookout for unique pumpkin carving patterns. Free ones were hard to come by back then though! I scoured the web for you (thanks, Google!) and found a ton–and I mean a ton–of pumpkin carving patterns, free to download, print out, and start using!

You gotta mention Martha first because she’s the best. Check out her Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Pumpkin Templates slideshow to find instructions and printable templates for 45 different pumpkin designs, like this night owl:

If you click over to DLTK’s Crafts for Kids, you’ll see even more printable templates, including instructions for how to use them. They’ve got a good mixture of scary and silly. I didn’t include the scary clown pattern in the photo in case you guys are scared of clowns! But check it out at DLTK.

I had to include this dragon pumpkin in this round-up, from Not Just a Housewife. There’s not a full tutorial, but if you found the right pumpkin I bet you could recreate this easily.

All of you Star Wars nerds out there will appreciate this pumpkin carved into the Death Star! The designer even includes a tutorial for how to make your own. Check out the rest of his site for even more pumpkin carving patterns, free for the taking.

And in case these aren’t enough for you, you can get even more pumpkin carving patterns free from HGTV, Family Fun, and The Pumpkin Lady.

Are you a pumpkin connoisseur? What’s the most ingenious pumpkin carving idea you’ve ever tried?