Tools of the Trade
Also important: plenty of caffeine and a stack of good horror movies to keep everyone in the spirit.
Transferring a Design
Alternatively, you can print out your design and transfer it by pinning it to the pumpkin, then using a wooden skewer or pounce wheel to trace the lines onto the flesh behind it. Remove the paper pattern, and connect the dots with your marker.
Start from the center of the design
Check Your Progress as You Go
Preserving Your Pumpkin
Mist the cut surfaces with diluted lemon juice to fight oxidation and mold.
Spray a very light coat of vegetable oil spray on the cut surfaces to seal in moisture.
Store in a cool space, wrapped in plastic when not on display.
If your pumpkin is shriveling after some days, you can perk it back up by submerging it in an ice bath for at least a few hours (try the bathtub or a cooler). After the bath, dry the pumpkin out with a towel and re-coat with vegetable oil spray.