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Create creepy Halloween carvings with these pumpkin stencils

Along with dressing up as monsters and eating more sweets than you probably should, carving a pumpkin is one of Halloween's main events. And while some people are skilful enough to make their pumpkins optical illusions that border on trompe l'oeil (opens in new tab), it's no secret that some people struggle with the task.

Luckily the team at Real Simple are here to help with a collection of Halloween stencils (opens in new tab) that are sure to transform your pumpkins into petrifying powerhouses. Simply print them off, cut out the black areas, then stick them onto your pumpkins as a guide.

Once you've carefully used a knife to carve out the negative space (opens in new tab) on the stencil, simply pop in a candle and your pumpkin is ready to terrify kids of all ages.

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Dom Carter
Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.

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