Everything You Need to Know to Carve a Perfect Pumpkin

[Photographs: Jessica Leibowitz]

We are all excited once again to be wearing our hoodies, hats, and cardigans. And yes, we are thankful for that crisp air, and it's time to turn on the oven and use our stockpots again. But let's be honest. October really means only one thing: pumpkin season. Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins. The Maniac Pumpkin Carvers are here to give you all the tips you need for carving your own masterpiece gourds this Halloween season.

About the authors/carvers: Maniac Pumpkin Carvers is a Brooklyn-based duo comprised of Marc Evan and Chris Soria who operate out of a full creative studio. The Maniacs began carving nightmares into children's minds, while still in high school. They each paid their way through art school working lengthy stints at some of New York City's best bars and restaurants. Now, they are proud to be known as professional pumpkin carvers. What do they do outside of October? It's the most popular question they get asked! You may find Marc and Chris painting murals in public spaces, or working on any of a number of other creative endeavors.