I used 3 pumpkins in 3 different ways.
The first pumpkin I carved using a paper pattern.
Here are the steps I used:
Wash the pumpkin with a soapy rag & towel dry.
Cut open the top.
Clean out the insides (seeds & mush).
Attach the paper pattern with tape.
*patterns are available to print out online, out you can buy a book at most grocery stores
Carve along the dotted lines and remove cut out pieces.
I like to leave the pattern close by so that I have a reference to use while I am carving.
I added a small skeleton toy to fill the open space on my carving.
The second pumpkin I carved by drawing a design on with a sharpie.
I cleaned the pumpkin the same way that I did with the first one.
Then I drew a skeleton face onto the pumpkin with a sharpie.
I carved along the outer parts of the lines so that there would not be any marker left on the jack-o-lanterns face.
For more fun pumpkin ideas, read my other Halloween blogs.