How to Etch a Pumpkin
Carving a pumpkin used to mean wielding a knife like Jack the Ripper. Today, many pumpkin artists favor a tool that gently shaves away the tough outer layer, leaving intact a translucent orange “shade.” This cordless Dremel (about $20) comes with templates, making it apt for novices as well as pros. You provide the batteries—and if you’ve got a marker and the knack, your own scary backlit scene. Use a practice pumpkin to master the art of etching to a uniform depth.