September 23, 2010

13 Halloween Jack O' Lantern Sites

1. History of the Jack O' Lantern's retelling of the Irish legend about Jack of the Lantern.

2. Stingy Jack

A melodramatic reading of the story of the Jack O' Lantern, with nice background images of lit pumpkins.

Stingy Jack, on YouTube

4. Stingy Jack

Haunted Bay's history of the Jack O' Lantern customs.

Stingy Jack, at Haunted Bay

5. Carving

Free patterns you can download. New for 2010 - Sissy Spacek as "Carrie," The Green Man, a leafy skull, and a creepy Frankenstein.

6. True Blood Jack-O-Lantern Templates

I absolutely worship Camp Blood for offering these. Very cool!

Camp Blood's True Blood Templates

7. The Pumpkin Lady Store

Templates for sale, for simple, spooky pumpkins. Download them online after paying.

8. Pumpkin Nook

Info on growing pumpkins, carving them, submitting them to contests, and a community forum.

9. Stoneykins

A shop selling amazingly cool Halloween pumpkin stencils. They also offer 100 free patterns as well. Cool new patterns for 2010 include Christian Bale from "American Psycho," an Art Nouveau woman (beautiful, but not creepy), Cthulhu, Gothic Tinkerbell, and many more incredible designs.

10. Ultimate Pumpkin Stencils

I didn't want to link to very many commercial pumpkin stencil websites. But this one won me over when I saw their Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland stencils. After you purchase the pattern online, it will be emailed to you. Print it out, and start carving!

11. 44 Spooky Cat Carving Stencils

Someone went to a lot of work to compile this list of 44 free pumpkin stencils.

Band of

12. Pumpkin Carving 101

A nice quick read for pumpkin carving beginners. There are helpful tips like rubbing the pumpkin with flour to make your dots easier to see when you start carving. I also recommend the Better Homes & Gardens how-to video.

Pumpkin Carving 101, at She Knows

Pumpkin Carving 101, at BHG

13. Zombie Pumpkins

This site offers all sorts of pumpkin carving patterns you can print out, not just zombies. You do have to join the site in order to download the patterns, but they're free. New additions for 2010 include the Wicked Witch of the West, Jason Voorhees, and a creepy leprechaun. The galleries are quite fascinating to browse through.

Zombie Pumpkins on Facebook

--Carrie Carolin

Dark Side of the Net

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