2. Draw a circle or hexagon on top of the pumpkin in preparation for making an opening large enough for your hand to reach through.
3. Cut through the stem end of the pumpkin along your outline with a sharp knife or pumpkin-carving tool. Use a back-and-forth slicing motion to cut through the thick, tough skin.
4.Remove the stem end, which will act as a cap, making sure you scrape off any seeds or pulp.
5.Use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds and pulp from inside the pumpkin. Hold the spoon by its bowl to get extra leverage while scooping.
6.Draw a pattern for the face on the clean pumpkin with a felt-tip pen, or scribe the lines into the skin using a pencil. Be sure to make the eyes, nose and mouth large enough; you'll have a hard time cutting out tiny features when you're using a big knife blade to saw through tough skin.
7.Follow your pattern as you cut all the way through the pumpkin.
8.Push the cut-out features gently from the inside of the pumpkin and discard the pieces.
9.Place a votive candle inside the pumpkin to create an eerie glow.