I did not carve pumpkins last year. I just didn't get around to it. My 10 year old asked my husband why we don't carve pumpkins anymore when he heard I had volunteered to help the children carve pumpkins for my other son's kindergarten class. So I made sure to buy three pumpkins when I went to the farm down the road. They have the best selection of pumpkins. I let my boys pick out what patterns to cut out from my Oct. 31st cartridge. We carved the pumpkins together.