We think this tip from Fresh Home Ideas is simply brilliant. This year try adding cookie cutters and a mallet to your pumpkin carving arsenal for perfect shapes and beautiful designs.

Before you begin, carefully cut a circle around the pumpkin stem, lift off the lid and remove the seeds from the lid and inside the pumpkin.

Here are the five easy steps they provided:

Step 1: Tap Cookie Cutter

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Place a cookie cutter on the pumpkin and tap firmly with a rubber mallet until at least half of the cutter has pierced the pumpkin’s shell. (If the pumpkin shell is thin, the cutter may be pounded all the way through the shell.)

Step 2: Remove Cookie Cutter

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Remove the cookie cutter, using a needle-nose pliers if needed.

Step 3: Carve Pumpkin

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With a small serrated knife (or the serrated saw from a pumpkin carving kit), follow the pattern made from the cookie cutter to cut out the image, making sure to cut all the way through the shell.

Step 4: Remove Shapes

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With one hand inside the pumpkin, push out cookie cutter image from the pumpkin and discard.

Step 5: Insert Candle

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Place candle inside pumpkin and secure to bottom with hot wax.

Eager to carve your Halloween pumpkin but worried it will be a moldy mess before the 31st? Believe it or not this little packet will do the trick.

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Check out how to keep your pumpkins from molding here: http://bit.ly/SulTq0

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