These synthetic gourds aren't so much a tool as an alternative canvas. If the idea of your hard work turning to mush after only a few days frightens you, consider one of these. Funkins are made in a rotational mold generated from real pumpkins, so there aren't any tell-tale seams to shave away. Best of all, they're already prepped, with the walls "shaved" down to an ideal ½
-inch for carving. They're painted with lead-free paint and constructed of nontoxic polyurethane. They come in a ton of varieties and can be lit with battery-powered tealights.
About $20 for the Seneca Funkin (shown); MR. LightEnter the TOH Pumpkin-Carving Contest