First off invest in a pumkin carving set. We got ours from Wal-Mart for $5 and it was well worth the money. Plus it came with a dozen or so stencils so it saves you the time of searching for them on the net.
ET chose one of the stencils out of the carving kit and the other I did in photoshop of No Face from Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. I'm trying to have the boys exposed to other kinds of animation other than Disney.
Donna did all the hard and might I add gross work of cleaning out the pumpkins. She offered and I certainly wasn't going to turn her down.
The carving went really well and that's where I'm glad I bought that carving kit. Much easier than using a generic kitchen knife.
Hope everyone has fun carving and displaying their pumpkins this Halloween.
howstuffworks has a great page on carving if you need some reference material. There are tons of sites with printable stencils available or you could just do a google search. Remember not to carve them too early. If you do there are steps you can take to prolong their life.
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