Instructables has published a 9 step process to help you carve the perfect pumpkin, including cleaning it out, placing and attaching your design and even how to use baking powder to help you carve it.

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Step-by-step pumpkin carving – Link.

DIY HALLOWEEN CONSTEST from MAKE, CRAFT, INSTRUCTABLES and POPULAR SCIENCE!
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Makers and Crafters, it’s time to enter our 2nd annual ghoulishly fun Halloween contests! Anyone, anywhere, can enter all or just some of the contests. We’ll have lots of updates and posts regarding all these, but this announcement is to get you started and planning and has more information about where to enter, and our friends @ Instructables and Popular Science – Link (how to enter!). Oh, check out the prizes too! – Link.