Get spooky with one of these ghost pumpkin stencils this Halloween.

By Rebecca Hart and Alexandra Schonfeld

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to find the perfect costume, buy loads of candy, and start carving some pumpkins. Here at Real Simple we have done our best to provide you with numerous stencils from the more classic jack-o’-lantern to more surprising and intricate witches and ghosts. In addition to the classic ghost silhouette, you’ll also find an emoji ghost, a fiery ghost, and even a vampire ghost.

But, before you can break out your best carving knife and scooper you have to pick the perfect pumpkin. You can either go with store-bought, or make an afternoon activity out of it and head to your local pumpkin patch. Just be sure to keep an eye out for a healthy pumpkin. The best way to do this, according to Marc Evan of ManiacPumpkinCarvers.com, is to pay attention to the stem. Avoid any pumpkins with missing, broken, or brittle stems, which can indicate poor health. 

Once you’ve picked the perfect one, bring it home and try to keep it out of direct sunlight until you’re ready to carve. And don’t get to work until the day before you plan to display the pumpkin—carving too soon can encourage rot, and your pumpkin may not make it until October 31. 

When you're ready to start, protect your work space with a sheet of plastic or bring the whole thing outside to minimize clean-up. Once you’ve made a hole in the back or around the stem and your pumpkin is prepped and scooped, you’re ready to carve. Take one of our ghost pumpkin stencils and follow the directions at the bottom of the printout. Tape your favorite one to the pumpkin and start cutting.

Classic Ghost

Classic Ghost 

Get the larger, printable version here.

Emoji Ghost

Emoji Ghost 

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Fiery Ghost

Fiery Ghost 

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Spooky Ghost

Spooky Ghost 

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Surprised Ghost

Surprised Ghost 

Get the larger, printable version here.

Vampire Ghost

Vampire Ghost 

Get the larger, printable version here.

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