By Kimberly L. Jackson/The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger
Spooky Halloween pumpkins can take some skill to carve, but the wide variety of free carving templates and patterns online can make jack o’ lanterns easier to create. Carving templates also can expand design options to include interesting patterns and even some friendlier characters.
Disneyfamily.com offers 20 free pumpkin-carving patterns to print from the site. Included are Disney characters such as Mickey and Friends, Jack Skellington, Tinker Bell, Phineas and Ferb, Perry the Platypus and Rapunzel, the latest Disney princess. The site also has printable masks, party invitations, cupcake toppers and more.
At the Better Homes and Gardens website, there are lots of carving tips and an assortment of pumpkin-carving stencils and templates. Choose from silly or scary jack o’ lantern faces, werewolves or ghosts as well as patterns for fall scenes. The magazine also has offered a chance to help one of five charities by downloading specific pumpkin-carving templates. For each designated carving template downloaded, the magazine has pledged a $2 donation, up to $5,000 each, to Big Brothers Big Sisters, March of Dimes, Susan G. Komen Foundation or the volunteer home-improvement charity Rebuilding Together.
The two Humane Society stencils appear to no longer be available, suggesting that the $5,000 threshold has been reached. However, BHG.com/Halloween has a number of pumpkin-carving stencils for dog and cat breeds. Those don’t come with a charitable donation, however.
Finding the charity templates among the site’s other Halloween content can be challenging. The best way to find the templates for each charity is to click on the charity’s name above, or use the site’s search tab to enter the name of your chosen charity. Registration with name and e-mail address is required to download the templates.
To find other Halloween carving templates, use a search engine to look for “pumpkin carving patterns.”