How to Carve a Pumpkin like a Pro

Knife Skills

Videos and step-by-step guides, each highlighting an essential knife technique.

[Photographs: Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, unless otherwise stated.]

Yesterday we brought you the basic guide to pumpkin carving. Ain't no shame in tracing the classic triangle eyes and snaggly-tooth mouth. But if you're looking for a more advanced, knock-your-neighbors'-socks-off-o'-lantern, here is a step-by-step guide to carving more detailed designs, with examples at the end to inspire you. With some X-acto knives, drawing markers, and your new skills, you'll be able to whittle away at that gourd like a pro.

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.