Flickering candlelight looks beautiful illuminating these alternating fence posts, and it's a little eerie shining from this cat's carved eyes! A battery-operated candle is a fuss-free option if you're looking for flickering light with no smoky considerations. Traditional candles work well, too; just make sure to provide adequate ventilation for the smoke by cutting a small opening in the back of the pumpkin as a makeshift chimney. And of course, never leave a flame-lit pumpkin unattended.
1. Trace the cat-in-the-moon pattern onto your hollowed-out pumpkin by taping it to the surface of your pumpkin and using a needle tool to poke holes along the stencil lines. Keep holes closely spaced and be sure to pierce through both the paper and the surface of the pumpkin.
2. Remove the stencil pattern and use a thin, serrated pumpkin-carving knife to carve along the pin-hole guidelines. Saw slowly from point to point and leave cutout sections in place until the entire pattern has been carved.
3. Pop out carved sections by nudging them with your fingers from inside the pumpkin. Throw out excess pumpkin pieces. Place a battery-operated or a regular candle inside the pumpkin for illumination, following our tips in the stencil caption, above.