Pokémon Pumpkin Stencils Make for a Gourd-geous Pokéween

Carve out some time for these designs

20 October 2023
by rawmeatcowboy 0

Pokémon and Halloween go together like pumpkin and pie, which is why Pokémon is making it easier than ever to carve out Pokéween fun with 11 new downloadable pumpkin stencils. Get your carve on with Greavard, Fuecoco, Sprigatito, Quaxly, Gimmighoul, Gourgeist, Mismagius, Polteageist, Scream Tail, Trevenant, and Wooper. Or dive into the vault of dozens of past Pokémon pumpkin stencils featuring a wide variety of Pokémon. There are fan favorites—like Pikachu, Eevee, and Mewtwo—and Pokémon known for delivering a good jump scare, like Crobat, Duskull, Marowak, Gengar, Gastly, Mismagius, Phantump, Pumpkaboo, Sableye, Mimikyu, Chandelure, and more!

If you really want to give the neighbors pumpkin to talk about, there are a wide variety of jack-o’-lantern carving tools, decorating tools, and carving techniques you could use. The first step is to choose the right pumpkin for your stencil. Some patterns, like Sprigatito and Trevenant, require a wider canvas. Others, such as Mismagius and Gourgeist, demand a taller pumpkin. Taking your Pokémon’s shape into account when choosing your pumpkin will make the process of positioning your stencil easier. And the choices aren’t limited to the size and shape of your pumpkin—a green gourd would be perfect for your Sprigatito or Trevenant stencil.

If you love to carve but struggle with the finer details, a wood-carving kit might offer more precision than the traditional pumpkin-carving tools you might pick up at your local grocery store or pumpkin farm. While the Pokémon pumpkin stencils vary in difficulty, a perfectionist looking to achieve the finer details of Greavard’s face or the many lines on Mismagius’ head might require a finer instrument.

If the younger members of your family aren’t quite ready for a sharp carving tool—or you’re simply looking for a fun new way to decorate your pumpkins this year—there are a lot of other supplies and techniques you could try. Paint is always a fun choice when decorating pumpkins. And glow-in-the-dark paint means you won’t need a candle to showcase your work, and non-toxic paint is a good option for kids that are too young to work with something sharp. One thing to keep in mind when using other artistic materials is that if you’re putting your pumpkin outside, wildlife like birds and squirrels will likely snack on your pumpkin and the materials you use to augment your design. These materials may be toxic to these animals, so keep that in mind when decorating your pumpkin.

Another alternative to traditional carving is to decorate your pumpkin with rhinestones. Some rhinestones are self-adhesive while others require glue. If utilizing a hot-glue gun, keep in mind that doing so might warp the surface of the pumpkin you’re working with—and like carving, this method should be handled with care. While adding rhinestones to a pumpkin might not require any sharp objects, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the process itself is fast. Creating a stunningly detailed masterpiece like the Quaxly above takes hours, but there’s no denying that it will be the centerpiece of your Pokéween décor.

Whichever Pokémon stencil you choose, and however you choose to carve or decorate your pumpkin, the most important tip is to have fun.

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