If you love spooky Halloween decorations, you’ll love these creepy skull pumpkin carving patterns.
These free stencils are all unique designs that are printable pdf files.
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.
How to Use The Skull Free Pumpkin Carving Templates?
First, you’ll need a pumpkin, so head to your local pumpkin patch and choose a pumpkin.
Next, turn on one of your favorite movies with a Halloween horror theme and grab some candy corn.
Now that the mood is set, prepare your pumpkin by removing the top and scooping out the seeds.
Don’t forget you can hang on to those pumpkin seeds to bake in the oven for a snack later.
Once the pumpkin is prepped for carving, scroll through our list of skull pumpkin carving patterns and choose your favorite.
Then just click on the image to print it out or download it to your computer.
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.
For instance, if you have a small pumpkin, you will probably need to reduce the size to 70-90%.
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.
After you have your printout, you’re ready to carve your pumpkin. 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.
Now it’s time to carve. I like to start with a thumbtack to outline the grey areas.
Just push the tack through the paper at the edges of those grey areas. It’s everything in grey that will get carved.
Once you have your outline, you can use a sharpie or a ballpoint pen to trace the tack marks.
Then use a kitchen knife, linoleum cutters, or an official pumpkin carving kit to detail your work of art.
You may also be interested in our patterns for Star Wars, witches and ghosts. And 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.
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.
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