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.