Sometime around the late 80s and early 90s, the Halloween scene got knocked on its head. Publishers released pumpkin carving pattern-and-tool books, and jack-o-lanterns went from simple triangle-based faces to full on cackling witches and haunted house scenes.
And we are all thankful...except in the fifteen years that followed, every home started using these patterns, making these newer more complex scenes just as ubiquitous as their predecessors.
Thankfully, in the last few years, DIY stencil creation has gone through a revolution of sorts, and you can now create detailed custom pieces without need to buy a book at all.
This fantastic Instructable shows you how to get it done, including creating your own DIY saws that make pumpkin carving quite easily and super effective.