Sure, holiday traditions have their place. But there’s no reason to stick to the old-fashioned jack-o-lantern-style pumpkins of the past. Yes, there’s the nostalgia factor, but those carvings can be tough to execute (the faces seem to want to cave in), and even — dare we say it? — a little boring. Especially to little kids.
So why not step up your carving game with some movie jack-o-lantern templates? Because pumpkins inspired by some of their favorite characters are infinitely more exciting than a sad carving that’s barely recognizable as a face. And before you and your kids get all intimidated by how complicated an Elsa or Groot pumpkin might look, know this: They’re surprisingly easy to pull off.
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The Lego Movie
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Guardians of the Galaxy
Sometimes the bad guys aren’t so bad. In Guardians of the Galaxy, those “bad” guys have to learn to work together to save the galaxy from total destruction. Pick your favorite guardian to display at Halloween, or carve them both and have a team of Guardians guarding your home.
Want more traditional pumpkin carving templates? We’ve got you covered there too!
Originally published September 2014. Updated October 2023
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