Halloween is around the corner, and so is pumpkin carving. Sometimes I free-form funny faces or draw designs and then transfer them to the pumpkin for carving. One year I hollowed several kinds of squash out and drilled holes all over them with different sizes of drill bits. They were pretty cool looking, all lined up on the porch railing, if I do say so myself.
But I don’t draw particularly well, and often buy patterns. The cat above is one. The sites below provide all sorts of complicated and not-so-complicated patterns. For most of them a set of pumpkin carving tools is essential.
Zombie Pumpkins is where I’ve bought most of my patterns because there are so many to choose from. However, you do have to register, and their selection of free ones is limited.
The Pumpkin Lady has a few different designs, though many are the same as Zombie Pumpkins. Some of the free ones are pretty cute. The majority of the patterns must be purchased, though.
DLTK is the place to go for free patterns, as well as very detailed and friendly instructions for how to use the patterns. If you’ve never used a pumpkin carving pattern before and are curious, take a look. This site caters to kid’s crafts, and well worth exploring.