I don't think I'll carve a pumpkin ever again, if I can help it.
See, this year I've become totally converted to painting. Carving is always fun, in theory. But then you start cleaning out your pumpkin and it starts to seem like a worse and worse idea. By the time you're ready to start carving, you're already worn out. And the execution never works quite like you want. Mine always end up looking like a 5-year-old carved them with a pencil. Then there's lots of negative self-talk, and who needs that?
But I can always use some glitter. And pumpkins that last a long time instead of rotting and collapsing on the porch. So that's what I got. We can't stop! I just keep buying more pumpkins, and we keep spending more afternoons decorating them.
And kids can do their own without help. Can your carving knife say that? (The grass is a "nest" she built for her pumpkin...obviously.)
Puff paint, glitter, leftover housepaint, gold spray paint---all good things to use.
When you're done, revel in the fact that you can keep them out after Halloween!