I found some GREAT pumpkin-carving tips from http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/activities/moreactivities/pumpkin-carving/
We haven't carved our pumpkin yet...but when we do we will deff. use these tips! Can't wait!!!
YOU WILL NEED
* A pumpkin
* Three tools: poker, drill, saw
* Paper pattern: make one or print your own pattern
* A candle
1. Cut an opening in the top or bottom of a pumpkin. Make the hole big enough so that you can clean out the pumpkin easily. Save the piece you cut out to use as a lid.
2. Clean and scrape the inside. The pumpkin wall you will carve should be no more than one inch thick.
Illustration: step 3
Cut out the pattern or make your own out of a piece of paper. Trim the pattern and tape it to the pumpkin. It may be necessary to make small folds to fit the paper smoothly.
Illustration: step 4
Transfer the design. Using the poker, poke through the paper making dots along each outline on the pattern. Then remove the pattern. (Save it and refer to it while you are carving.)
step 5 Drill the holes. Hold the pumpkin in your lap and twist the drill into each hole made by the poker in step 4. Turn the drill gently until it pierces the pumpkin's skin.
6. Start sawing. Grasp the saw like a pencil and move it steadily up and down, working from dot to dot. Always hold the saw at a right angle to the pumpkin.
7. Cut a chimney. Light a candle inside the pumpkin, then close the lid. Quickly put out the flame and look for the blackened spot inside the lid. Cut a small hole there; it will let the smoke and heat escape while a candle glows inside.
Have you carved your pumpkin yet?