Think you know the latest tricks for carving a creepy pumpkin? The pros continue to push the barriers.
A handful of people become professional pumpkin carvers each fall, specializing in fantastical designs. Among them are Alex Wer, self-styled "Pumpkin Geek," who lives near Sacramento, Calif.; Scott Cummins, a Perryton, Texas, middle-school art teacher; and Marc Evan and Chris Soria, the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers of New York City.
Two tricks of the trade:
Preparing Your Pumpkin. Before carving a face, scrape and clean the inside of the pumpkin. The cleaner you get it, the longer it will last.