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Perfect Pumpkin Carving Patterns for Every Personality

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It's pumpkin time. From flavored lattes to delicious desserts, pumpkin is in the air. The best ones, however, are those plucked from the fields and waiting to be carved.

Pumpkin carving is one of my favorite activities of the season. But let's face it, it can be tricky. For years, I gravitated toward paint and other accessories to deck out our pumpkins, because carving intimidated me a bit. Then I discovered the plethora of printable pumpkin carving patterns out there, and our pumpkins have never been more phenomenal. The patterns are easy to use and let you get really creative. From those designed to make you laugh to those that will make you scream and everything in between, here are seven of the best sites to find the most fabulous printable pumpkin carving templates out there. Get your knives ready ...

Disney Lovers: From princesses to Pooh and Lightning McQueen, Disney offers a host of character carving templates that will excite trick o' treaters both young and old.

Celebrity Obsessed: Want to illuminate Demi Moore's face during her publicly trying time with Ashton Kutcher, or pay homage to Michael Jackson? The Pumpkin Wizard has free patterns for your use.

Sports Fans: Show your team spirit by carving your favorite college team's logo into your pumpkin via Spook Master. Go team!

Religious: From Jesus' face to Noah's Ark, The Pumpkin Lady provides a host of religious-themed pumpkin patterns. Most run about $1.49.

Political: Show your patriotic pride by carving Barack Obama or even Sarah Palin into your pumpkin. It's a free country, but know that these may just be asking for a smashing ... especially if you choose Sarah Palin.

Scary: If fright is what the night is all about for you, you'll like these from Zombie Pumpkins. Freak out your visitors (and yourself) by illuminating the faces of scary guys like Freddy Krueger or Chucky from Child's Play.

Star Wars Loyalists: All holidays lend themselves to Star Wars celebration for true fans, and Halloween is no exception. From Darth Vader to Jabba the Hutt, Cartoon Jr. will hook you up with the stencil to put the force into your pumpkin.

What's the best pumpkin you've ever carved or seen?

Written by Julie Ryan Evans on CafeMom's blog, The Stir.

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