With Halloween right around the corner (nope, we can’t believe it either), we thought it would be fun to round-up a bunch of the coolest free geeky pumpkin carving templates. As in, a whole lot of them! Whether you’ve got Pokémon fans, emoji lovers, Star Wars devotees, video game addicts, or STEM kids in your home,  we’ve got your Halloween pumpkin covered.

Bonus, they’re all free, thanks to some generous, geek-loving artists out of there.

updated for 2021

Top: Star Wars K-2S0 template by Anthony Herrera Designs


Free printable Marvel Avengers pumpkin stencils: Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor and Hulk.

5 Free Avengers Pumpkin Carving Stencils

Thanks to the massive success of Avengers: Infinity War, Costume Super Center is offering 5 pretty awesome stencils for all the new Marvel fans out there. You can download Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor and Hulk. (Though I’m putting in a vote for Loki and Doctor Strange!)

29 free video game character pumpkin carving templates from pumpkin pile

29 Video Game Character Pumpkin Carving Templates
We hit the motherlode of free geeky pumpkin stencils at Pumpkin Pile, especially if you’re into video game characters! Check the site for downloads of Mario and friends, Pac Man, Sonic, Angry Birds, Donkey Kong, Minecraft characters, Pikachu, even QBert (!) all sorted by difficulty level.

(And you know what’s really cool? While the templates are free, the site does ask for a donation to support World Vision if you’re so inclined after you download. Love that.)

12 free Star Wars pumpkin carving templates from Anthony Herrera, including Maz Kanata | cool mom tech

12 Free Star War Pumpkin Carving Templates

What would a geeky pumpkin carving roundup be without Star Wars, right? Well here’s to Anthony Herrera, a designer who put together 12 free, if fairly advanced, Star Wars pumpkin template together on his site for free download. While yes he’s got Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Rey (yay!) and Yoda, you’ll also find characters like Maz Kanata (above), an excellent Finn, Jyn Erson, Cassian Andor and even K-2SO. So amazing.


20 free emoji pumpkin carving templates from BH& G | Cool Mom Tech
20 Free Emoji Pumpkin-Carving Stencils 

Better Homes & Gardens not only offers the free printable downloads you’ll need to make all of these emoji pumpkins, but they show what they’ll look like finished. The instructions are really specific and helpful, right down to their tips for where to scrape the pumpkin, etching tips to get this cool 3-D feature effect, and exactly which craft knives are the best to use.



12 free emoji pumpkin carving templates from Pop Sugar

12 Free Emoji Pumpkin Carving Templates

if you want to go more simple with your emoji pumpkins (like those of you with younger kids),  friends at Pop Sugar put together these 12 favorite emojis stencil downloads. But admit it, all your kid wants is that poop emoji pumpkin anyway.

Free Baby Groot pumpkin carving template from Pumpkin Pile

Baby Groot Pumpkin Carving Template

Is your kid’s favorite Marvel character missing from the characters above? Found him! This awesome Baby Groot template, also from Pumpkin Pile, is a free printable PDF, complete with instructions.
8 cool Doctor Who pumpkin carving templates from Think Geek, including this 11th Doctor | cool mom tech

5 Doctor Who Pumpkin Carving Templates

If you dig into the Think Geek archives, you can find templates for an amazing 11th Doctor by Liz H (above), a creepy Weeping Angel (post-weep), Tardis, K-9, and Cyberman. There are a few more but those are definitely favorites. PS If someone can find me a 13th Doctor template I’d be grateful!


Geeky pumpkin stencils: Free outer space pumpkin carving template from Destination Science | Cool Mom Tech

Free Outer Space Pumpkin Carving Template

At Destination Science, the team put together multiple stencils plus instructions so you get this great outer space themed pumpkin when you’re through. Looks so great with the candle glowing inside and we know our space-loving kids would adore this one!

Geeky pumpkin carving templates for Halloween | Atom by Nicole H. at Think Geek

Free Atom Pumpkin Carving Template

In keeping with the STEM theme, there’s something elegant and simple about this cool atom template created by Nicole H. for Think Geek. Don’t underestimate how closely you have to follow the cut lines though, or you’ll end up with a giant star.


9 free Studio Ghibli pumpkin carving templates from Crayon Monkey on Flickr

9 Free Studio Ghibli Pumpkin Carving Templates

I am so excited to stumble upon these 9 amazing Studio Ghibli inspired pumpkin carving templates from Crayon Monkey on Flickr! Be still my animation geek heart, for I see, tons of Totoro stencils including the CatBus and Soot Sprites, along with Chichiyaku from Spirited Away, Miyazaki’s amazing Giant Robot, and Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery service — because what could be more perfect for Halloween than a black cat?


Geeky pumpkin carving templates for Halloween | Minecraft Creeper at AlphaMom
Minecraft Creeper Halloween Pumpkins

Brenda Ponay’s Creeper-carving instructions make it so simple, you don’t even need a template. And don’t they look amazing on green gourds? We love that she also offers up ways to carve green peppers like Creepers…maybe to get your kids to eat a veggie or two on Halloween?

Related: 13 fabulously easy no-carve pumpkin ideas for Halloween


Geeky pumpkin carving templates for Halloween | Grumpy Cat by Jesse F.
Grumpy Cat Pumpkin Carving Template

If your kids still have a thing for Grumpy Cat, Think Geek fan Jessie F. Submitted this wonderful free pumpkin stencil to their annual roundup a few years back…which is sadly no more. (Sniff.) Fortunately, you can still grab the template.

Geeky pumpkin carving templates for Halloween | Wireless by David Yen

Free Wireless Icon Pumpkin Carving Template 

We totally adore David Yen’s clever, simple representation of the wireless symbol. Hey, if you’re having a Halloween party, put this one out and a temporary WiFi password underneath in Sharpie. Coolest guest WiFi password sign idea ever!