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October 10, 2013

BOOk Pumpkins! 2013 edition

Kate Hart

The leaves are changing, the censors are book banning, it must be time for...

YA pumpkin patterns!
Because there's nothing scarier than letting teenagers read. *gasp*

Use these patterns (check out 2011 or 2012 too!) or make your own, 
then enter the contest at YA Highway to win a spooky book pack!

Into The Woods
Charm and Strange - Stephanie Kuehn
Long Lankin - Lindsey Barraclough

The Nightmare Affair - Mindee Arnett
Rump - Liesl Shurtliff 

For The Birds
Omens - Kelley Armstrong
The Curiosities - Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, and Tessa Gratton

Prodigy - Marie Lu

The Mind Is A Scary Place

17 and Gone - Nova Ren Suma 

Another World
Boy 21 - Matthew Quick 
Seraphina - Rachel Hartman

Or The End Of The World

Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis 
The Infects - Sean Beaudoin  

Ladies Night

Paper Valentine - Brenna Yovonoff  
Etiquette and Espionage - Gail Carriger


Fates - Lanie Bross 
Prep School Confidential - Kara Taylor

Halloween With Hearts
Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
(I just realized Levi is leaning on thin air so... you might fix that if you demand realism in your pumpkins.)

Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins
Anna series - Stephanie Perkins

This Is What Happy Looks Like - Jennifer E. Smith

Myths and Legends

All Our Pretty Songs - Sarah McCarry
The Wicked and the Just - J. Anderson Coats

How to use these patterns: 

1. Click the image to expand, then right click and save to your computer 
2. Print at whatever size fits your pumpkin, then pin the pattern to it.
3. Use a toothpick to poke holes around the edges of the design (more holes = easier to see the lines).
4. Remove the pattern and rub a small amount of flour over the holes to make them show up better.
5. Cut out the black sections.
6. Take a picture and post the link at YA Highway!

Check out the results from past years:



YA Highway entries

Hey. If you made it this far, drop your favorite candy in the comments --
I'll pick one at random to win a custom t-shirt with any of these cover designs (or one of your choosing)!

Fine print:

Please do not sell or distribute these patterns. I own zero rights to the source images. These patterns are intended for fun only. In other words, I'm not making money off of these.
Original pumpkin picture credit:  Gary Simmons at Flickr -- used under a Creative Commons license.



  1. OH MY GOSH, THIS IS THE COOLEST THING EVER. I'm going to carve so many pumpkins this year! THANK YOU for making this!

    And my favorite candy is probably Snickers. (:


  2. THESE ARE AWESOME!!!! Thanks for doing this!
    My favorite candy is homemade peanut butter cups :-)

  3. THESE ARE AWESOME!!!! Thanks for doing this!
    My favorite candy is homemade peanut butter cups :-)

  4. I am going to have to work on my carving skills for some of these, but they will pair nicely with my Sesame Street pumpkins :) My favorite Halloween candy right now is KitKat (it changes semi-regularly)

  5. Oh yay! This has been fun every year. Thanks for doing the patterns! It's a tough choice to choose just one cover to do, and it's tough to choose a favorite candy. It's between candy corn and Twix I think.

  6. These are amazing ... and challenging. I've dared my daughter (who loves birds) to do the raven and I'll attempt the beautiful W&J cover. It'll probably be a mess, but whatever. We'll gut some pumpkins and wield some knives and have fun together, and isn't that the point? Thanks!!!

  7. Wonderful inspiration! My favorite candy is English Toffee.

  8. These really are awesome!! My favorite candy is Cadbury Irish Cream :D Thanks for sharing these again!

  9. Kate, you are such a badass. <3 Also, anyone who does Paper Valentines or Saraphina, or even attempt them, deserves a gold star. They'd be some rather intricate carving work.
    Have a marvelous weekend!

  10. I love all of these, but especially the Fangirl one! Wanted to leave an appreciative comment. NICE JOB! =D

  11. My pumpkin is going to look amazing with Eleanor and Park! Thanks for the pattern.
    Also my favorite candy has to be skittles. :)


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