Everybody knows that there is almost nothing in life quite as important as carving amazing Halloween jack-o'-lanterns. This year is no different! We at TV.com would like to give you a leg up in your local pumpkin-carving contests by providing you with stencils in the likenesses of five of TV's most frightening or just plain awesome characters. What better way to annoy your uptight homeowners' association than by displaying one of these excellent orange babies right on your front porch? Go ahead, get knifey!
(Right-click the character names and choose "save as" to download printable PDFs.)
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
For a jack-o'-lantern that says "I have good taste in TV and am most likely a badass," it'd be hard to go wrong with a Walter-White-as-Heisenberg pumpkin. [Note: If you are a former chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin, this pattern may be a bit too on-the-nose. Consider a less obvious pattern.]
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
This jack-o'-lantern will look particularly wonderful in front of your 24,000-square-foot mansion in the Hamptons, especially if that mansion appears to be made completely of CGI. Careful, though, this pattern is practically begging for a ransom note to be stabbed into it with a steak knife.
Danny Pudi, Community
Only in the darkest of timelines would this pattern not make you a sensation in your community! (Relevant puns.)
Alana Thompson, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Trust us, you will never find a face more perfectly suited for carving into a pumpkin! Their shapes are nearly identical!
1. Print out your desired PDF. (You may want to shrink or enlarge the main image depending on the size of your pumpkin.)
2. Transfer the image to your pumpkin. If you don't have carbon/transfer paper (who does?) then a quick 'n dirty way to do it would be to scribble the backside of the paper with sketched-on pencil until it's relatively dark. Then flip the page back over and trace along the stencil lines. This should result in a transferred image onto the pumpkin.
3. Using a fine pumpkin-carving knife, start with the middle of the image first, carving away the darkened areas on the stencil, moving outward. TIP: You don't need to carve all the way into the pumpkin, just remove the orange outer skin and as much of the yellow as necessary to let light through.
4. Send a photo of your new jack-o'-lantern firstname.lastname@example.org! We'll post your best attempts!
AND HERE ARE LAST YEAR'S STENCILS!