We're not saying that the entries in This Old House
's annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
aren't worth ooh
ing and ahh
ing over. But not everyone is as slick with the carving tools as some of our master craftsmen. If you're a little wary of working with sharp objects—or you just can't stand the feel of pumpkin guts—there are ways to get crafty with your gourds using alternative methods. Gauze, puffy paint and junk drawer items are all fair game while creating a Halloween pumpkin masterpiece, and we're here to show you the best ideas we've gathered from around the Internet.
And whether you used a carving tool or not, make sure to enter your pumpkin masterpiece in the Pumpkin Carving Contest