Here’s what you’ll need:
A real pumpkin! Pick one with a flat-ish front side to make carving even easier.
A pumpkin-carving knife — look for one with sharp serrated edges.
An ice cream scoop (more on that in a second).
A printed pattern (you can also find a free selection by Googling for “pumpkin pattern”), or a sheet of blank paper with a pattern sketched onto it.
A toothpick, wooden skewer, or narrow nail (the kind you hammer into a wall).
Trick #1: Cut your lid in the shape of a keyhole to make both scooping out the seedy innards and putting the top on later so much easier.
Trick #2: Scoop out the seeds and hollow out the pumpkin just a little bit by using an ice cream scoop instead of the little scoop that comes with pumpkin carving kits.
Trick #3: Transfer your pattern to your pumpkin with a piece of paper and a wooden skewer.