The 10 Best Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Confession time: There is such a thing as being too obsessed with fall, and I'm definitely it. My whole apartment was decked out in leaves and gourds mid-August, so I'm beyond ready to start carving for Halloween. Needless to say, the best pumpkin carving stencils have been in my Amazon cart for weeks. Yeah, you could do it freehand, but there are few things as satisfying as pulling into your driveway on a crisp fall evening, seeing your design glowing on the porch, and saying to yourself, "Damn, that looks like I hired a guy."

Printable pumpkin designs are an option, too, but even in elementary school, cutting was my least favorite part of craft-time. Now that I'm adult with a job, nobody's got time for that. The best part about buying your stencils online: most of them come already cut out. Just tape the stencil to your pumpkin, trace the lines, and start carving. It couldn't be easier — and since these stencils come in a ton of designs, your pumpkin can be as scary, funny, intricate, or simple as you like. Even better? Some of these sets have all the tools and instructions you'll need to carve your pumpkin beginning to end.

1A Kit With Five Tools & 12 Stencils For A Unique Design

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Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Kit, $7, Amazon

With two saws, a scraper, a drill, a pounce wheel, and 12 scary patterns, the Pumpkin Masters Pumpkin Carving Kit has people raving: "Great designs and tools... They last for years and the designs can be used over and over."

2A Stencil Book That Lets You Carve Your Dog Into A Pumpkin

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It's a Rescue Dog Life Pumpkin Carving Stencils, $8, Amazon

If you're an extreme dog lover, they make a pumpkin carving book just for you. It's a Rescue Dog Life comes with 18 unique pumpkin carving stencils as well as instructions. Reviewers say it's tons of fun and filled with great ideas to create a canine-themed fall decoration.

312 Classic Designs That Are Super Easy To Use

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The Perfect Pumpkin Stencil Book, $8, Amazon

With 12 different designs, each 11 inches tall, The Perfect Pumpkin Stencil Book makes pumpkin carving quick and easy. If traced directly onto the pumpkin, the stencils are reusable, and reviewers say this offers "a pretty good selection of stencils" for kids and adults.

4A Convenient Kit For A Great Pumpkin In No Time

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KINREX Halloween Pumpkin Carving Kit, $10, Amazon

The KINREX carving kit contains three carving tools, a spoon for guts, and eight simple but impressive stencil designs, like a cat, cute ghost, or pirate pumpkin. "Great tool kit!" says one reviewer. "Pumpkin was cleaned, carved, and lighting up the night in short fashion."

59 Stencils That Create Three Coordinated Stacks Of Pumpkins

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Pumpkinville Stackable Pumpkin Stencils, $10, Amazon

Want an entire pumpkin patch, but you're short on space? Showcase a whole stack of coordinating pumpkins on your stoop with these stackable pumpkin stencils. They come in varying sets (tombstone, Halloween sky, or Trick or Treat) so you can carve a matching design into three different pumpkins, and they come with instructions and safety tips, too.

6These Punch-Out Stencils Reviewers Are Raving About

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The Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Kit, $5, Amazon

Because of its punch-out stencils, kid-safe tools, and fun designs, The Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Kit has the highest ratings on Amazon. Patterns include a detailed alien, witch, headless horseman, and Grim Reaper, and reviewers say, "I can't believe I did it... It came out so nice everyone said, 'wow.'"

7A How-To Book That Includes 12 'Spooktacular' Stencils

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Easy Pumpkin Carving, $5, Amazon

If you're new to the process, this Easy Pumpkin Carving book helps you every step of the way. It offers tips and tricks to create seriously impressive etched or luminary pumpkins, and it comes with inspirational color photos and 12 ready-to-use carving patterns. "This book was so useful," says one reviewer. "I learned everything I already thought I knew about pumpkin carving, and things I can't believe I didn't think of on my own. I'm excited to put my newly learned skills to the test this Halloween."

8A Set Of Stencils NFL Fans Will Love

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NFL Pumpkin Carving Kit, $4, Amazon

For the sports fans out there, there's this NFL Pumpkin Carving Kit that lets you show off your team's logo. It comes with six designs and three tools, and you can choose between 18 different teams.

918 Original Faces To Spice Up Your Jack-O-Lantern

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Pumpkin Face Stencils, $4, Amazon

So you're just looking for a traditional jack-o-lantern, but the usual triangle eyes are a little too boring for you. This Pumpkin Face Stencils book offers 18 funny and spooky faces for an original pumpkin. That being said, they're all easy to cut and look great once they're done.

10A Stencil That Helps You Create Your Very Own Dobby Pumpkin

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Dobby Harry Potter Stencil, $13 (2 Stencils), Amazon

Not only is this Dobby Harry Potter Stencil made from durable but flexible plastic, so it can be used over and over again, but it contains two different sizes for big or small pumpkins. It can also be used with paint, markers, or any other crafting material.

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