First, pick the perfect pumpkin
Have your design in mind before you pick a pumpkin. Be able to answer, does your pattern require more width or height to pull off? If you are planning to use a candle, go taller: if a pumpkin is too short and squat, the candle will burn the roof. Once you pick a size, give your pumpkin a knock with your fist; a hollow sound indicates it is riper, and easier to carve. Finally, test the pumpkin’s stability by placing it on a flat surface before purchasing. No wobble? You’re ready to carve! Need inspiration? Check out these free pumpkin carving stencils you’ll love.