If you popped by your local pumpkin patch this weekend, you and your family are probably itching to tear out those pumpkin guts and get to carving. It is probably fair to assume that you are tired of carving the typical toothy grin of a jack-o-lantern, and it is also probably fair to say that you lack the carving prowess of a professional carver or stylist. But achieving some of the cooler designs doesn't have to be an overwhelming feat - there are plenty of ways to look like a professional with botching your perfect pick from the patch!
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If you dream of sculpting cool Halloween figures and long for your house to be the lighted envy of the neighborhood, there are plenty of simple patterns that are easy to execute. The best part? You don't have to purchase a carving kit to get started!There are tons of free downloadable patterns on the Web to make your pumpkin the coolest on the block.
Pumpkin Pile, a site for the at-home carver, has dozens of free patterns for you to try at home with your family in order to take your pumpkin-carving skills to the next level. Plus, these great patterns will help to accent any type of Halloween décor theme to pull your house of horrors (or cutesy Halloween figures) together!
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Check out some of our favorite patterns available for download so you can get your pumpkin-carving festivities underway this week just in time for Halloween!
Maybe you are throwing a party based around your favorite horror movie. We loved this Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired pumpkin that is as easy as a typical jack-o-lantern but super creative!
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If you are hosting a Halloween party for the little ones this year, everything should be simple and sweet. You can't get any more classic than carving a pumpkin inspired by a beloved cartoon character. Pumpkin Pile has dozens of toons to pick from, but we especially loved this classic Snoopy design that is the best mix of adorable and nostalgic.
If you are hosting a killer zombie party this Halloween, this simple zombie head will be the perfect jack-o-lantern for your table. We love how simple and cartoon-like the design is to offer a nice balance to an otherwise gruesome theme.
-Lauren Gordon, The Daily Meal
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