43 Free Templates For the Coolest Jack-o'-Lantern on the Block

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Halloween is just around the corner, and with it, we have a lot of spooky things to look forward to, from costume parties with friends to horror-movie marathons at home. But before it gets too late, locate your nearest pumpkin patch, because we have jack-o'-lanterns to carve! After all, no proper Halloween enthusiast's home is complete without this festive gourd. We've put together a list of all our favorite free, downloadable pumpkin stencils to help you carve clever and crafty pumpkins for Halloween.

We've got pumpkin-carving stencils for all your needs and interests! If you're a Studio Ghibli fan, there are Totoro pumpkin-carving templates and other stencils of Hayao Miyazaki's many whimsical characters. Or maybe your tastes are a little more out of this world? No need to worry — there are a bunch of Star Wars designs ahead as well, featuring droids, stormtroopers, and even Darth Vader himself. If all this still fails to strike your interest, we've also got an array of fun Pokémon pumpkin-carving stencils for all the nostalgic gamers out there and various emoji for those of you who are more than slightly obsessed with your phones. We're sure one of these templates will make for the jack-o'-lantern of your dreams.

So don't wait too long before picking a pumpkin, and read on to choose your favorite from these free pumpkin-carving templates!

Additional reporting by Melissa Santoyo

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Poop Emoji

This poop emoji printable pumpkin stencil is perfect in case you're in the mood for a silly jack-o'-lantern this Halloween. At the very least, a pumpkin with this carving is sure to get a chuckle from anyone who sees it sitting out on your porch or windowsill.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Heart-Shaped Eyes Emoji

Feeling a little flirty? Or maybe just swept up by the Halloween festivities? Either way, celebrate your love of the holiday with this smiling face with heart-shaped eyes emoji pumpkin stencil.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Dancing Twins Emoji

This pumpkin stencil of the dancing twins emoji is perfect if you're carving a pumpkin with a friend or family member. Everything about this design guarantees twice the fun!

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Hundred Points Emoji

Consider this design a winner! This hundred points emoji pumpkin template will show the whole neighborhood how you aced this year's Halloween decorations.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Information-Desk Person Emoji

Looking for a pumpkin stencil that's collected and nonchalant? This information-desk person emoji will certainly get the message across that decorating for Halloween this year was no sweat, especially with pumpkin-carving templates as cool as this.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Raise Hands Emoji

Rejoice, Halloween-lovers! This emoji of a person raising two hands in celebration will show all your guests just how excited you are for the holiday.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Ghost Emoji

Get a little more on brand for the Halloween season with this ghost emoji pumpkin template for your jack-o'-lantern design. Boo!

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Grimacing Face Emoji

For a jack-o'-lantern that's nervous to join your other Halloween decorations, opt for this grimacing emoji pumpkin template.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: OK Hand Sign Emoji

With a holiday as colorful and festive as Halloween, it's hard to describe the excitement of the time. If you want a little nod to how great you're feeling about the spooky season to come, an OK hand sign emoji pumpkin stencil will do the trick.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Dancer Emoji

Do the monster mash! For a pumpkin stencil that puts you in a party mood, opt for this salsa dancer emoji design.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Winking Face With Tongue Emoji

Maybe you want your jack-o'-lantern to show a little more emotion? This silly winking emoji is the ideal pumpkin stencil.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Calcifer

No homage to "Howl's Moving Castle" would be complete without the addition of everyone's favorite fire demon, Calcifer. This pumpkin stencil will look particularly cool once your jack-o'-lantern is lit.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Catbus

For a cute "My Neighbor Totoro" design, this Catbus pumpkin stencil works perfectly. With a template as fun as this one, you're sure to have the most whimsical jack-o'-lantern on the block.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Jiji

Few black cats are as iconic as Jiji from "Kiki's Delivery Service." Pay homage to one of the best cats to grace the cartoon world with this fun pumpkin template.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Kiki

No Jiji tribute would be complete without a matching Kiki design. Together, the two pumpkin stencils would make for a great set of jack-o'-lanterns, but this one is cute enough on its own, too.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: No-Face (Kaonashi)

With their voracious appetite and ghost-like appearance, No-Face can seem like a rather scary entity. Luckily, this pumpkin stencil isn't all that spooky.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Ponyo

With her round design and inquisitive eyes, Ponyo isn't just a lovable character. She also makes for a great pumpkin stencil for any longtime Studio Ghibli fan!

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Princess Mononoke

If you want something a little more fierce for your jack-o'-lantern, Princess Mononoke is definitely the character design to carve as your pumpkin stencil. With her sharp eyes and stern expression, she'll stand out among all the other neighborhood pumpkins.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Soot Sprite

For an easy but effective pumpkin stencil, look no further than this soot sprite design. With three prominent fur-like sections and two big eyes, this template is easy to carve, even for beginners.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Totoro

Totoro, a whimsical cat-and-bunny-like figure from the film "My Neighbor Totoro," is one of Studio Ghibli's most easily recognizable characters. He also makes for a great pumpkin-carving stencil, thanks to his fun shape and simple design.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: White Bunny

If you're not feeling the Totoro pumpkin template (or you want a matching jack-o'-lantern for the Totoro one), opt for the white bunny stencil. This design is just as cute and slightly more simple.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: BB-8

BB-8 is one of the newer robots in the Star Wars franchise since his first appearance in "The Force Awakens," but he is no less beloved by fans. BB-8 makes for a great pumpkin stencil in large part thanks to his round design.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: C-3PO

Can't go wrong with a classic! C-3PO is one of the most iconic Star Wars characters, and he'd make a great addition to your pumpkin-carving templates this Halloween.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Darth Vader

Opt for a scarier villain for your pumpkin-carving stencils with this Darth Vader design.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Darth Vader Mask

If tackling Darth Vader's full-body design on a pumpkin is a little too daunting, this pumpkin stencil of his helmet makes for a great alternative!

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Death Star

As its name implies, the Death Star is an ominous and frightening weapon, which makes it perfect for Halloween! Plus, its round shape and simple design make for a fun and straightforward pumpkin template.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: TIE Fighter

If you're set on carving out these iconic TIE fighter spaceships, we've got a few designs and angles for you to choose from for your pumpkin stencil.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: R2-D2

No mention of Star Wars-themed pumpkin-carving stencils would be complete without this integral little bot. From his role in helping the Skywalker siblings to his bickering with C-3PO, R2-D2 is certainly a memorable character you can select for your jack-o'-lantern design.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: The Rebel Alliance Logo

Pledge your allegiance to the Rebel Alliance this Halloween by choosing their logo as your pumpkin template.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Rey

If you want to feature one of the franchise's most iconic heroines, look no further than this pumpkin stencil of Rey. Her silhouette makes for a great pumpkin template.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Stormtrooper

If you want to opt for something villainous and classic, this Stormtrooper stencil is the ideal design for your pumpkin.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Yoda

This Yoda pumpkin stencil is sure to wow Star Wars fans of all ages, as it features one of the most legendary Jedi masters.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Bulbasaur

Easily one of the more recognizable critters in the Pokémon world, Bulbasaur is a frog-like Pokémon known for the plant seed sprouting from its back. Carving one of these little guys as your pumpkin stencil would make your Pokémon jack-o'-lantern really stand out!

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Charmander

With this character as your pumpkin stencil, you're sure to make an awesome Pokémon jack-o'-lantern! Since Charmander is a fire type Pokémon with a fiery tail, your pumpkin will look even cooler once lit up from the inside.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Jigglypuff

With its bright-pink hue and big blue eyes, Jigglypuff is definitely one of the most adorable Pokémon out there! So if you want a jack-o'-lantern that's cute rather than scary, this pumpkin template is a great choice.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Pidgey

If you're a fan of birds, this pumpkin template is the way to go! Pidgey makes for an interesting design, and carving this Pokémon will make a fun activity regardless of whether you're carving alone or with friends.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Pikachu

It's time for everyone's favorite Pokémon, Pikachu! Obviously, no Pokémon-themed pumpkin template roundup would be complete without the franchise's most iconic critter.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Poké Ball

Don't limit yourself only to Pokémon, either. A Poké Ball makes for a nice and straightforward design for your pumpkin stencil.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Pokédex

For an even more out-of-the-box twist, try carving a Pokédex as your pumpkin template!

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Snorlax

Snorlax is a fan favorite among Pokémon enthusiasts for its sleepy disposition and gentle appearance. This Pokémon is both cuddly and cute. Plus, the character's round design makes for a great pumpkin template.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Squirtle

This turtle-like Pokémon is another franchise favorite! With its cute appearance and dynamic fighting stance, this Squirtle pumpkin stencil makes another great Pokémon pumpkin carving.

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Pumpkin-Carving Stencil: Zubat

Zubat probably wasn't the first Pokémon you thought of for your jack-o'-lantern, but this critter's stencil is great for Halloween. Make your pumpkin template festive and true to the franchise with this design.

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