If the thought of a cadre of frightful jack-o'-lanterns gives you the chills, opt for a lovely and luminous group of votive holders instead. These gently glowing lights, cut from pumpkins in pale hues, are easy to make: Simply slice off the tops, and scoop off the flesh.
Martha Stewart Living, November 2007
Using floral cutters, trim the stem from the pumpkin.
Center the paddle bit over the pumpkin, and drill about 1/2 inch deep.
Insert votive. The pumpkin can be stored in a cool, dry spot for up to one day.
Hand-drill fitted with a 1 1/2-inch-wide paddle bit
If possible, get a second person to help: he or she can don a pair of work gloves and hold the pumpkin in place as you drill.
Tip: Set on glass votive holder and candle inside each, and arrange a few small, uncarved pumpkins alongside. Keep an eye on the lighted candles, and be sure to blow them out at the end of the evening.