Geeky Halloween Pumpkin Carving Templates

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Another year of the Halloween tradition of carving up pumpkins. Another fun year of designing geek themed carving templates. This year I decided to carve up the Pokemon evolution of the blue starter Pokemon, Squirtle. For those who don’t know, Squirtle evolves into Wartortle, who evolves into Blastoise -a fearsome turtle with water canons. (printable pumpkin patterns below!)

Pumpkin Carving Process

1. Decide on a pattern and pick out a pumpkin based on your pattern. Some carving templates work better on fatter pumpkins, while others work best on a taller pumpkin. Always be sure to check that your pumpkin is free of soft and/or black spots (these represent decomposition).

2. Cut an inward angled hole (so your top can be replaced without falling in) and clean out the inside. I like to use a big metal spoon to scrape the inside walls. The cleaner the better to preserve the longevity of your pumpkin from mold.

Cleaning out a pumpkin for carving

3. Transfer your pumpkin pattern to your pumpkin. You can do this by cutting and tracing all the pieces, or by using a pushpin to create a “connect the dot” pattern by punching through your paper pattern along the lines.

Cutting out a pokemon pumpkin carving template

tracing the squirtle evolution template onto my pumpkin

4. Carve your pattern, trying out various knives and tools for best effect. I found that my small, curved kitchen parry knife was great for digging out the outer layers of pumpkin that I wasn’t cutting all the way through. I did have to repeat that step twice since my pumpkin’s rind was thick and the first time I didn’t go deep enough to let light glow through.

Carving a pumpkin

Carving warturtle into a pumpkin

 

Carving Blastoise into a pumpkin
5. Wash off any pumpkin mess and template marks still visible and light her up! An LED tea light is better than a candle to prevent your pumpkin from molding as quickly.
Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise pumpkinSquirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise Halloween pumpkin

 Ready to carve your own pumpkin? Here are a handful of great geeky options!

Geeky pumpkin carving templates for Halloween

 

The Pumpkin Carving Template Files-

Nicol Bolas -Magic the Gathering
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Back to the Future -Great Scott, Marty!
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Pokemon Evolution -Squirtle
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Super Mario World
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Bonus
Star Wars- Yoda, Jedi Master

Jedi Master Yoda pumpkin carving template

Yoda Jedi Master PDF
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Looking for more awesome printable, nerdy pumpkin templates or additional carving tips & tricks? Be sure to check out my pumpkin carving post from last year for templates relating to Totoro, Legos, a Lord of the Rings Balrog, Settlers of Catan, and more!

What does your pumpkin look like this year? Share a photo of it on Facebook; I’d love to see your creativity.

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  • Reply

    Ahhh these are so awesome! I have to do the Back to the Future one!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Thank you Danielle! I couldn’t resist creating a Back to the Future one -too perfect of timing.

  • Nichole Miller
    Reply

    These are fantastic! I can’t wait to try these tho I doubt mine will look as great as yours!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      I have faith. 🙂 Too be honest, I was actually a little intimidated by my Pokemon one. It turned out to be much easier than I had expected!

  • Ashlee
    Reply

    These are awesome, thanks for sharing! I’ve been looking for some geeking pumpkin carving templates….now I just need to find a Luna template!

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Glad I could inspired Ashlee! GL with the Luna one.

  • Pepi
    Reply

    Awww, this is fantastic!! (I am a disaster in terms of pumpkin carving artistry) This makes much more sense than the Hannival version I was doing xDDDDD

    • Jessica (aka The Nifty Nerd)
      Reply

      Haha. I’m glad my patterns are easy to follow. Thanks Pepi 🙂

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