Here's a couple of "pumpkins" I carved for Halloween this year. We like carving pumpkins like this, but they don't last long at all. It's a lot of effort for something that will only last a night before starting to shrivel and shrink.
These are actually "fake" pumpkins that we bought at a craft store. You can definitely tell the difference in the daytime, and you can't get the level of detail in them that you can when carving a "real" pumpkin - but they work pretty well. At least we can have them out for several nights and reuse them again next year. We sure couldn't do that with a real carved pumpkin. You use a small flickering battery light inside, instead of a candle.
I'm thinking I'll do one or two each year - so we have several around and lit for Halloween Week. Here's how they look in the dark, and then a final pic I made playing around with gif animation:
The first picture of my pumpkins above has been featured by someone in a NowPublic online story on pumpkin decorating ideas.
Look at me... bein' all Martha Stewart :)