Display the best jack-o'-lanterns in the neighborhood this year. Start by clicking through this slideshow to see easy-to-master pumpkin carving techniques, followed by the tools you'll need for the techniques.
Before you get carried away cutting, take care to prepare your pumpkin. Start with a room-temperature pumpkin. Draw a circle around the stem and cut around it to create a pumpkin lid. Next, dig in and scoop out the pulp and seeds with a large spoon. Then scrape the inner walls of the pumpkin until they are no more than 1-inch thick, which will make carving easier.
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