Ready to decorate pumpkins? Use a pumpkin stencil from PBS KIDS! Children too small for pumpkin carving can help trace the stencil – or just print out the stencil for a fun coloring page. If you do a pumpkin with thin lines, be sure to use a small saw or knife to give yourself space to work. Insider Tip: when we carved the PBS logo, we held the eye up with two toothpicks.
After carving, be sure to save the seeds and roast them for a tasty snack. If you prefer your pumpkins on a plate rather than in jack-o-lantern form, PBS Food has you covered. Try these delicious sweet and savory recipes to get your pumpkin fix:
- Smoky pumpkin soup with dukkah and harissa
- Hearty pumpkin Alfredo sauce over ricotta stuffed shells
- Smooth pumpkin maple crème caramel
- Pumpkin-spiced rice pudding (great for breakfast!)
- Simple pumpkin bread
- Dutch oven pumpkin apple baked beans
Here are nine pumpkin stencils from PBS KIDS for your jack-o-lantern needs. Click on any of the images below for a free, downloadable stencil with the guide and instructions for carving.
Curious George is ready to play:
Sunspot and Jet from Ready Jet Go can make your pumpkins far-out:
Arthur and his little sister D.W. are ready to rock and roll:
Daniel Tiger already has the perfect colors for the season:
Nature Cat is always up for an adventure:
And Thomas the Tank Engine is ready to go with you: