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, 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 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.

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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.