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Finding Pumpkin Carving Designs Can Be A Challenge When Creating Your Jack O Lantern

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Pumpkin Carving is a right of passage as we prepare for Halloween.  You haven't fully experienced October until you pulled off an awesome pumpkin-carving job. 

I'll admit that I sought the advice of good old fashioned google when looking for an idea of what to do with the pumpkin my girlfriend and I procured a few weeks ago.

Google "pumpkin carving designs" and ye shall find a plethora of links to sites.

However, after a few minutes I became frustrated because these so-called links just kept linking to other sites and the the results I got were anything but desirable.

Seriously, who wants to carve a pumpkin that looks like a Saturday morning cartoon? Better yet, what the heck do I want with a pumpkin that looks like Heath Ledger's Joker from Batman?

What ever happened to simple faces?

Call me simple and old fashioned, but that's what I expect when I seek out pumpkin carving stencils.  Pumpkin Carving Design

While I will admit, I was impressed with this particular specimen, but there isn't a snowball's chance in hell that I'd be able to pull off a carve-job like this! I'd end up botching it 10% into the job and would end up having to run back down Route 113 to the pumpkin patch at Varner's Farms. 

And, after being deterred by the elaborate designs that kept showing up in my searches, I just did a simple google images search for some templates and narrowed it down to a couple choices.  

I searched google images for "pumpkin stencils", "pumpkin designs" and pretty quickly I found simple black and white jpg images of some really good faces.

I narrowed it down to a couple black and white designs, printed them out on 8.5 x 11 paper and bingo, we had ourselves quite a stencil to work with.

Pumpkin Carving DesignAnd, here was the end result.

All in all it took us half an hour to prep the pumpkin, cut out the stencil, apply the stencil, and carve.

Sure, it doesn't look like Scooby Doo, Voltron, or The Joker, but that isn't my bag.