How To Carve Video Game Characters Into Your Jack-O'-Lanterns

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Halloween is officially a "thing" in Australia. Deal with it.

We’ve done the usual triangle-eyes-and-toothy-grin jack-o’-lanterns in my home plenty of times. We’ve carved pumpkins, we’ve painted pumpkins, we even did this one year for whatever reason:

Weird but easy to assemble. (Photo: Meghan Moravcik Walbert)

We’re ready for a new challenge, so this year, we’re letting my son’s passions be our guide as we decide what to carve: We’re getting our inspiration from video games.

The idea started when I stumbled upon this Instructables guide to creating a Minecraft jack-o’-lantern. The post doesn’t include a printable version of the pattern, but the directions are easy enough that you could create one on your own. (Or you can download and print this creeper and follow his instructions.)

Important Minecraft jack-o’-lantern note: To create an authentic Minecraft look, the Instructables writer, Dammo3, says it’s key to keep the edges crisp. Rounded corners ruin the pixel effect.

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My son likes Minecraft, but he’s way more into Pokémon and Mario at the moment, so my quest for other video game-inspired jack-o’-lantern patterns continued. Pumpkin Pile has a few dozen video game pumpkin carving templates, primarily from Minecraft, Angry Birds and Mario, but also a few other options, including Pac-Man, Fortnite and Sonic. Here are a few particularly good ones:

There are also 12 impressive Star Wars templates here (Darth Vader and Yoda are classic choices).

And I know that emojis don’t exactly fit into the video game genre, but a poop emoji carving will be a kid-favourite every single time. (Right-click and “Save As” or drag to your desktop to save and print.)

If you’re a carving novice — or, like me, you’re just not particularly good at it — Pumpkin Pile has detailed instructions with a push-pin technique that I’ve somehow never heard of and will be trying this year.

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