Choosing a pumpkin that is large enough to fit the chosen pattern, using a jigsaw to easily carve out big chunks, and using a rotary tool to remove the pumpkin's skin are some helpful pumpkin carving tips. Many more pumpkin carving tips are found on ExtremePumpkins.com
Carving pumpkins is a Halloween tradition. Pumpkin Masters is one of the most well-known brands of pumpkin carving pattern books. Every year, their pattern books are seen in stores around the country. Their website, PumpkinMasters.com, offers how-to videos, tips and even free patterns to download. Besides patterns and carving tools, Pumpkin Masters also offers a variety of other products to help liven up a carved pumpkin, including battery operated strobe lights, stickers and power tools, specifically designed to make carving a pumpkin an easier and more enjoyable experience.
Another valuable website for pumpkin-carving enthusiasts is Extremepumpkins.com. This site offers a large number of helpful tips and tricks for carving pumpkins, such as how to preserve your carved pumpkin, the best way to transfer a stencil to the face of the pumpkin and how to remove the seeds and pulp, among other things. It even has a recipe for baked pumpkin seeds to make after the insides have been scooped out of the pumpkin. The author of the website also hosts a yearly contest that one can enter by submitting a photo of a carved pumpkin.
When carving a pumpkin, make sure to be safe. Pumpkin Masters produces pumpkin carving tools that are as safe as possible for the user. However, children should always have adult supervision while using the carving tools.