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Free Dog Pumpkin Carving Stencil Patterns For Adults + Kids

If you’re looking to carve a fun dog-themed pumpkin this Halloween, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite and free dog pumpkin carving patterns! These dog pumpkin carving patterns and stencils are perfect for beginner to expert carvers and the best part about it is that many of them are free for you to use!

Every Halloween everyone in my family gets a pumpkin to carve.

Sometimes we mix it up and carve real pumpkins and sometimes we use faux pumpkins. 

My kids are always trying to find the most scary and difficult patterns to carve while I’m searching online for the most adorable dog stencil I can find. 

I normally stick to breed-themed pumpkins so either Newfies or Corgis but I’ve also done simple dog bone patterns or dog paw stencils. 

For me, I usually search around online and find a good dog silhouette, print it off, trace it onto my pumpkin and then start carving but if you don’t have time to search around I’ve dug up the very best free dog-themed pumpkin stencil patterns that are bound to transform your ordinary pumpkin into a tail-wagging masterpiece.

golden retriever with pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving is an art form.

Think of it as the canine equivalent of a Michelangelo carving a masterpiece, but with fewer marble blocks and more pumpkin guts.

This year, we’re encouraging you to channel your inner “Barking Picasso” and let your creativity run wild.

But wait, what’s that?

You’re worried about your artistic abilities?

Fret not, because with these free dog-themed pumpkin carving stencil patterns, you’ll be crafting pumpkin puppers like a pro in no time!

Free Dog Stencils

We know how important it is for your pumpkin carving endeavor to be absolutely paw-fect.

That’s why we’ve searched far and wide to bring you the crème de la crème of dog-themed pumpkin carving stencils.

From lovable Labradors to mischievous Dachshunds and everything in between, you’ll find stencils for every dog breed imaginable.

So whether you’re a proud Pug parent or owned by a Newfie, we’ve got you covered.

popular dog breed stencils and patterns for pumpkin carving

If you want your furry friend to be the them of your pumpkin but you don’t have the skill to freehand their body or face onto a pumpkin, it’s all good.

There are several online resources that provide pet parents with free templates of pawsome dog-themed pumpkin carving stencils.

Some great online resources for free pumpkin carving dog patterns are:

Better Homes and Gardens

They have a free set of 23 pumpkin carving stencils of some of the most popular dog breeds like the adorable Labrador Retriever, Boxer, German Shepherd, Scottish Terrier, Siberian Husky and many more! This Dachshund pumpkin stencil is adorable! 


Vitabone has a really cute free dog bone pattern and a dog paw pattern that would look adorable on any sized pumpkin!

If you’re a cat lover, there’s plenty of free cat face pumpkin stencils for you too!

If you’re a Newfie lover like me, I wrote a blog post a few years ago that has some fun and easy Newfoundland dog pumpkin carvings.

You can check that post out here and don’t forget to check out how to make you’re own Newfie pumpkin diorama!

dog pumpkin diorama

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This DIY diorama is my all-time favorite Halloween craft that I’ve done so far. 

Purchase Dog Carving Stencils

If you’re not finding just the right stencil for your dog pumpkin, you can also buy stencils online. 

Amazon has a book available that has 50+ dog pumpkin patterns, stencils and ideas. 

The description says that it includes dog breeds like the Corgi, Akita, Pit Bull and Great Dane and it’s less than $10.

There are many shops on Etsy that also share pumpkin carving templates.

With these stencils, you can create heartwarming scenes of pups at play, adorable puppy portraits, or even spooky dog-themed designs that will have your neighbors howling with delight.

Other Dog Pumpkin Carving Ideas

If you’re looking for other creative way to carve your dog pumpkin you can try these fun ideas:

  • Use dog shaped cookie cookies! While this will create a smaller design you can still repeat the design and make a pretty cool and unique pumpkin!
  • Use paint! Instead of carving, use paint to make a cute little dog paw.
  • Use you dog’s shadow. This is one that came to me this year because my Newfie left a perfect spooky shadow on the wall one day so I took a picture, traced it and carved it into a pumpkin! It came out so cool!

cool dog pumpkin carving with bats

Pumpkin carving isn’t just a solo endeavor – it’s a family affair!

Kids are creative and think outside of the box so get the kids involved and let them choose their favorite dog breed stencil or other pumpkin carving ideas.

You can have a friendly competition to see who can carve the most paw-some pumpkin.

And remember, it’s not just about the end result; it’s about the memories you create along the way.

So grab your little pumpkin artists and embark on a pumpkin carving adventure that will leave you all howling with laughter.

dog paw stencils for pumpkin carving

Supplies Needed For Pumpkin Carving

The supplies that you’ll need to use and carve your dog-themed pumpkin stencil will vary based on the template you choose. 

Some of the more basic pumpkin carving supplies include:

  1. Pumpkin.
  2. Printer
  3. Printer paper
  4. Dog template
  5. Damp cloth.
  6. Pen, pencil or marker
  7. Tape
  8. Pumpkin carving tool set
  9. Paring knife.
  10. Flat-edged ice cream scoop, scraper scoop or large spoon

dog breed pumpkin carving

Other pumpkin carving necessaties:


Pumpkin guts are a sticky, gooey mess, and while some revel in the tactile experience, others might prefer to keep their hands clean. A pair of disposable gloves can be a lifesaver when you’re scooping out the pumpkin’s innards.

dog breed carved into a pumpkin for Halloween

Pumpkin lights:

Once your pumpkin masterpiece is complete, you’ll want to illuminate it for maximum impact. Consider using battery-powered LED lights, candles, or even glow sticks for a spooky or enchanting effect. Safety first!

pumpkin carving supplies

How To Make Your Carved Pumpkin Last Longer

I always try to not buy our pumpkin too early because I don’t want them to get mushy and fuzzy, but they always do!

This year I’m going to do my best to preserve my carved pumpkin so I can enjoy it just a little longer. 

There’s several different ways you can preserve a carved pumpkin including soaking the pumpkin in diluted bleach, using petroleum jelly on the edges of the carving, or using a more natural approach by apply peppermint oil. 

Regardless of what additional steps you take to preserve your pumpkin, you’ll want to make sure that you scoop out all the guts and seeds and get the inside of the pumpkin as dry as possible to avoid mold growth. 


Whether you’re a seasoned pumpkin artist or a beginner looking for a fun family activity, these pumpkin carving stencils and dog-themed pumpkin ideas offer endless possibilities and guaranteed tail-wagging results.

So, don’t wait – grab your carving tools, pick your favorite breed, and let your inner “Barking Picasso” shine!

It’s time to create pumpkin puppers that will have everyone in your neighborhood howling with delight. 

Happy carving!

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