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30 Free Skull Pumpkin Carving Patterns & Stencils

You’ll love these creepy skull pumpkin carving patterns, if you love spooky Halloween decorations. On this page you’ll find 30 free stencils that are all unique designs in printable pdf file format.

While these skulls are pretty scary, and we have many intricate designs requiring a high skill level, we also have quite a few easy designs for kids or novice carvers.

For help on how to use your carving pattern PDF, check out our helpful information and tips at the bottom of the page.

You may also want to check out our patterns for Star Wars, witches, space aliens, and ghosts. If you’re a cat lover, these cute cat pumpkin patterns.

And if you want a traditional pumpkin face, those patterns are on our sister site.

Skull Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Scroll through the list to pick the perfect pattern or get more skull pumpkin carving ideas.

A scary skull wearing a grim reaper hood.

A skull with Saturn rings wrapped around the head.

A creepy smile on this skull.

A mean-looking skull wearing a bandana. This template may require more advanced carving skills.

A really neat pattern of a skull with fire through it.

Yikes, a creepy one with fractured skull lines.

A skull with sunglasses marks and the forehead is patched up.

A skull with fire through his ears and back of his head.

If you like this pattern, you may also like our fire-breathing dragon carving stencils.

This skull has its head tipped backward like it’s riding a motorcycle. Although come to think of it, several of these skulls look like they once belonged to a motorcycle gang.

A more friendly-looking skull face.

This is your typical skull and crossbones pattern.

A laughing skull.

A skull with a spooky grin.

A fun template of a skull with a haunted tree next to it.

A simple design of a skull profile view.

A snake on the side of a skull’s head.

Here’s an amazing pumpkin carving pattern of a snake crawling through the skull.

A Darth Vader-like skull pattern.

This skull seems to have a funny bone.

A silly skull face.

A pretty skull stencil of a Day of the Dead sugar skull with a flower magnolia design on the forehead.

A simple stencil of a skull mask.

An alien shaped skull mask.

A nice pattern of a sugar skull on a flower background.

A traditional skull face on a pumpkin cutout background.

This one has an unattached jaw and a pumpkin background.

One of my favorite pumpkin designs is this reverse stencil cutout of a snake crawling through the skull’s head.

A fractured skull face with sharp cheekbones.

A finely detailed skull lurking inside of a hoodie.

Another fun skull and crossbones pattern.

How To Use The Skull Free Pumpkin Carving Templates?

To keep in the Halloween spirit, you may want to check out these coloring sheets of sugar skulls!

  1. First, you’ll need a pumpkin, so head to your local pumpkin patch and choose a pumpkin.
  2. Next, prepare your pumpkin by removing the top and scooping out the seeds.
  3. Don’t forget you can hang on to those pumpkin seeds to bake in the oven for a snack later.
  4. Once the pumpkin is prepped for carving, scroll through our list of skull pumpkin carving patterns and choose your favorite.
  5. Then just click on the image to print it out or download it to your computer.
  6. Now it’s best to have already chosen your pumpkin before you print because you may need to scale the design to fit the size of your pumpkin. This is very easy to do.
  7. For instance, if you have a small pumpkin, you will probably need to reduce the size to 70-90%.
  8. Press print, then your printer dialog box will pop up, and depending on the brand of printer, there will be a box that says “scale.” You can increase or decrease this to the proper size. 
  9. After you have your printout, you’re ready to carve your pumpkin.
pdf pumpkin pattern of a skull taped to a pumpkin
  1. Now simply tape the paper to the side of the pumpkin. I like using blue tape. But first, I find it also helps bend the paper around the pumpkin more easily if you make small tears in the corners. 
  2. The grey is what will be carried, so outline the edges using a thumbtack. 
print out of a skull taped to a pumpkin with holes poked through grey area edges with thumbtack

12. Just push the tack through the paper following the grey edges. 

13. Once you have your outline, you can use a sharpie or a ballpoint pen to trace the tack marks.

14. Then use a kitchen knife, linoleum cutters, or an official pumpkin carving kit to detail your work of art.For more details, here’s a full carving tutorial showing how to carve a foam pumpkin.

Happy Halloween!

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