Step Two: While you are out,
Step Three: Invite your friends and family to gather all their pumpkins in a central location.
Step Four: Cover all surfaces with a disposable drop cloth and get to carving--after you clean out your pumpkin innards, of course!
Step Five: Kiddos too young for sharp objects? Give them some paint instead and watch them go!
Step Six: Papa too cool for carving pumpkins the old-fashioned way? Let him bring his power tools and show the rest of you how to really carve a pumpkin.
Step Seven: Tell them it's a competition and watch the inner pumpkin decorating divas emerge! What's the prize? Just what you've always wanted--more chili and a(nother) picture taken by Aunt Issa!
Step Eight: Stand back and admire the handiwork.
Step Nine: Celebrate a night of fun by cramming as many people as you can on the couch for a family picture.
Step Ten: Clean up what you can and leave the rest for tomorrow (or the next day).