Pumpkin Carving Stencils and Contests

Happy Halloween! Grab your pumpkin carving knives, spoons, and power tools and get personal with your Halloween pumpkin!

I’ve got a date planned tonight with my kids to carve pumpkins. With ages spanning from 15 to 5, the knife skill levels vary a lot, but fortunately there are pumpkin carving stencils and pumpkin decorating ideas that will work for everyone!

Where to find Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Pinterest is a great resource to brainstorm pumpkin carving ideas.

You can also check out photos people have submitted in previous years’ pumpkin carving contests.

Google image search is also a super helpful way to get a bunch of ideas.

And if you’ve never carved a pumpkin before, here are some pumpkin carving tips.

Pumpkin Carving Stencils

If free hand is not your style, here are a bunch of fun (and FREE) pumpkin carving stencils to give you a little help in the creativity department.

Pumpkin Carving Contests with Cash Prizes

Or if you’re a master pumpkin carver and you want to let those skills pay off, enter your masterpiece into one of these Pumpkin Carving Contests. You might win some cash or other prizes!

Pumpkin Masters:
Submit designs through Oct 31, 11:59 pm ET
Grand prize winner will receive $5,000. Category prize winners will receive $1,000 (Categories include: Monsters, All in the Details, Haunted HOuse, Multi-Pumpkin, and Silliest)

BFAds.net:
Submit designs through Oct 30 11:59 pm CST
First place winner will receive a $150 Gift Card to a store of your choice. Second place winner will receive a $100 Gift Card to a store of your choice. Third place winner will receive a $50 gift card to a store of your choice. Top 25 entries will receive a BFAds 2013 T-Shirt.

Facebook: Best Business Systems:
Submit designs through Oct 31
Winner will receive a $50 Maciano’s Gift Card

Other Pumpkin Carving Contests

Repticon:
Submit designs through Oct 30

Serious Eats:
Submit designs through Oct 31, 6pm EST

LOTRO Players:
Submit designs through November 3rd

Facebook: The Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company:
Submit designs through Oct 31

Anime News Network:
Submit designs through November 3

Dreadit:
Submit designs through Oct 31, at 11:59 pm CST

NZXT.com:
Submit designs through November 1

Blizzard.com:
Enter by October 29

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