Pumpkin carving is a great project for all ages. Choosing a design can also be fun and kid-friendly, but don't forget that the tools used are sharp. While carving your jack-o'-lantern face, an adults should be present. Here are some tips to get you started:

•Place the pumpkin on newspaper for easy cleanup.
•Cut a circle around the stem of the pumpkin, using a knife with a long sturdy blade. There are also kits are your local super market with labeled tools.
•Making the cut at an angle will help keep the top from falling through when you place it back on.
•Before making that first cut of the jack-o'-lantern's face, study all sides of the pumpkin to find the smoothest side.
•Draw the design on a piece of paper or print out one off the internet for an easy or complex design.
•Tape the paper to the pumpkin securely. Then score the design onto the pumpkin by punching through the paper into the pumpkin flesh with a large nail or a tool from your kit.
•With a sharp serrated knife, cut out the design using the punched holes as a guide. Remove the cut-out pieces by pushing them out from the inside of the pumpkin.
•When you are finished ask an adult for a candle to light up your pumpkin's face, and place it outside for trick-or-treaters to enjoy.