1. Pumpkin carving has been a quintessential part of Halloween since Irish immigrants brought the tradition to the U.S. in the late 19th century and early 20th century.
  2. Step 1. Begin with the right pumpkin.
  3. Step 2. Start cutting from the bottom, not the top.
    1. Choose one that's fresh, with a sturdy stem, no bruises and a flat bottom so it won't roll while you carve.
  4. Step 3. If you do carve from the top, cut out the lid on an angle.
  5. Step 4. Scoop out all the pulp (and then some).
  6. Step 5. Sketch out your design on paper first.
  7. Step 6. Hold the pumpkin in your lap.
  8. It's easier to create features when the face is gazing up at you.
  9. Step 7. Start with simple rough cuts.
  10. Step 8. Use your scraps creatively.
  11. Step 9. Keep your pumpkin fresh.
  12. Step 10. Light it up.
  13. Step 11. Create a chimney.
  14. Step 12. Sprinkle cinnamon inside the lid.