While many people are adept at using their own kitchen
utensils, you may consider wearing inexpensive slash-resistant
gloves while carving, especially if you have a young
assistant. Once the carving begins, the pumpkin surface
can become quite slippery, which increases your risk
of injury. You may also choose to give young carvers
saw-toothed plastic knives instead; these should slice
through the pumpkin with ease.
Some craft and department stores carry pumpkin-carving
kits in a range of prices at this time of the year.
With their short blades, craft knives work well and
are more easily controlled than a kitchen knife.
A dry-erase marker is perfect for tracing your design
onto the pumpkin's surface. You can simply wipe off
any traces of ink after completion. However, it may
be necessary to retrace parts of the design that are
inadvertently removed during carving. If you are a confident
sketcher, or are simply tracing a pattern, use a fine-line
permanent marker instead.