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.”
But if you’re looking for a pumpkin carving stencil that actually is worth the money, keep your eye out for the pumpkin carving sets that give you all the tools and designs to carve up your favorite jack-o-lantern. And, if you’re going to be carving up pumpkins with children, you may want to avoid any sharp tools or knives. In this case, look for pumpkin punchers, or punch-out stamps that act as cookie-cutter-like tools for creating custom designs.
Of course, printable pumpkin designs are an option, too, but the best part about buying your stencils online: Many 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. Keep scrolling. From stencil books to punch-out stamps to carving kits, the best pumpkin stencils on Amazon are gathered up below.
The Perfect Pumpkin Ultimate Stencil Book, $18, Amazon
Not only does this easy-to-use stencil book come with 12 different stencils you can use, but the stencils can even be reused. Ranging from a mummy stencil to a menacing spider, these pumpkin carving stencils do tend to be a bit more intricate. But with 12 different designs you can choose from, you’ll be able to pick a unique stencil to trace onto your pumpkin, and wow your neighbors in the process.
Diravo Professional Pumpkin Carving Kit, $13, Amazon
While this kit doesn’t have quite as many stencils as the option above, it comes with everything you’d need to carve your pumpkin. You’ll get 12 tools (pictured above), along with 10 designs. The stencils are made of paper, so you’ll have to be a bit more careful not to destroy them in the process. But reviewers say they’re fun, basic designs that are easy to use. One Amazon fan raves, “The tools are all sharp and good quality, much better than the tools that come with pumpkin carving kits. these make it a lot easier to carve a pumpkin, and the box even came with some stencils to use on pumpkins!! well worth the money!”
Amscan Pumpkin Carving Stencil Book, $13, Amazon
With 10 different designs, this pumpkin carving stencil book makes pumpkin carving quick and easy. Designs include fun pumpkin faces, but also a spooky cat, vampire, and ghosts. Best of all? If traced directly onto the pumpkin, the stencils are reusable. One Amazon fan says, “Nice, simple tools to make intricate designs.”
KINREX Halloween Pumpkin Carving Kit, $8, 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. Another fan on Amazon says, “A pretty nice kit for the price… It comes with a nice set of stencils.”
Lundy Cupp Realistic Pumpkin Carving, $12, Amazon
Want a completely different (totally spooky) pumpkin this year? This book of 24 realistic-looking, 3D faces is perfect for your alternative Halloween decorating style. In addition to providing ready-to-use patterns, it includes relatively easy two-step project ideas and clear instructions on how to become a pumpkin carving artist.
Pumpkin Punchers Pumpkin Carving Kit For Kids, $23, Amazon
If you’re looking for the simplest solution, these pumpkin punchers might be a better bet. As opposed to standard stencil books, this 31-piece set has all kinds of shapes that you can easily use to punch out your own custom jack-o-lantern designs. And, since there’s no knives or other sharp tools involved, this is a great pick that is easy, fun, and safe for children of all ages.
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.”
Boelter Brands NFL Pumpkin Carving Kit, $15, Amazon
For the sports fans out there, there’s this NFL Pumpkin Carving Kit that lets you show off your team’s logo. Choose your team (they have 18 different NFL teams you can pick from), and your set will come with six designs and three tools, including a saw, a scoop, and a glue stick.
Pumpkin Face Stencils, $7, Amazon
So you’re just looking for a traditional jack-o-lantern, but the usual triangular 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.
StencilShapes 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 (or multiple, if you’re interested in making a set). It can also be used with paint, markers, or any other crafting material to make colorful, Harry-Potter-themed pumpkins.
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