At Halloween time when I was a kid we used to carve pumpkins the same way everyone else did.  Ma would lay down a bunch of newspapers plop a pumpkin down in the middle and arm all 4 of us kids with recently sharpened Chicago Cutlery.  Ready, Set, Go!  Seemed safe enough at the time.  In those days child services didn't venture out into the country.

Now you have a ton of optional methods for "Punkin Carvin'"!  You can Use Cookie Cutters, Stencils, Glitter, Decoupage, Melted Crayons, even GUNS!  Watch this video!  This is my favorite carving method of all!