Being trapped in a candy dish is vexing, to be sure. The mini pumpkin at right had his stem sliced off, then was placed in the bowl. His eyes and nose were penciled in; he was removed, carved, and cruelly confined again. The one at left was carved, then balanced on a teapot.
Begin by cutting a large hole in the bottom of a pumpkin with a keyhole saw or serrated knife, and then scrape out the insides with a plaster scraper until pumpkin walls are 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.
To make the face, you can draw your own using black marker on white paper, or download and print our templates; enlarge the template to the desired size on a photocopier. Next, affix the face to the pumpkin with masking tape.
With a needle tool or awl, poke holes around the outline of each feature. Remove the paper, and then cut out features with a serrated utility knife, using the holes you poked as a guide.
To illuminate the carved pumpkins, use miniature flashlights, battery-powered candles, or light sticks.