Link Roundup: 15 Guides To Pumpkin Carving
Serious Eats' video demonstration is for true novices: "This video is for you unlucky souls who never got to carve a real pumpkin as a kid (hello jack-o-lantern face stickers!), but are now too old to admit to their friends that they don't really know how it's done."
Serious Eats' handy beginner's guide is beautifully photographed and presented in slideshow form: Everything You Need to Know to Carve a Perfect Pumpkin.
Another great slideshow from Serious Eats, but this time for the more ambitious carvers: How to Carve a Pumpkin like a Pro.
Lifehacker's guide covers everything from selection to carving tools to preservation techniques.
There are more options than a simple candle when it comes to Jack O'Lantern illumination. This additional guide from Lifehacker covers traditional candles, commercial LED lights, glow sticks, CFL bulbs, and more advanced options.
Too impatient for dinky X-acto knives? Then try MAKE's solution: "a cordless Dremel Multi-Max oscillating tool to make quick work of Mr. O'Lantern."
Captain Molo's Instructable cleverly utilizes duct tape as a non-slip, sticky stencil.
Ready for the serious stuff? Jeff, an electronics technologist at a large aeronautics corporation, demonstrates how to carve detailed images on pumpkins, like his amazing E.T. shown below.
Now that you've got the precision carving down, dive into Martha Stewart's bank of pumpkin carving template freebies.
Pumpkin carving is reborn. Try pumpkin pyrotechnics, power tool carving and more man-child Halloween fun over at Extreme Pumpkins.
A simple rig of putty and incense creates this spooky effect of smoke pouring from a Jack O'Lantern's mouth.
Carve like a man! Akin to MAKE's dremel carving tutorial above, DIY Life recommends ditching the wimpy carving tools for some real power tools.
Have access to a laser cutter? You're in luck. Scott lists tons of tips, methods and materials for undertaking such an intense project.
Make your own remote control color changing pumpkin with Ian's Instructable: "Channel buttons 0-8 on the remote toggle the colors of the rainbow. Button 9 activates an 'angry pumpkin' mode that flashes a scary red strobe for a few seconds."
Last but not least, and perhaps my favorite of the bunch, Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories has a great tutorial for making your own light-up, mini pumpkin Jack O'Lantern army.