"If you wanna make a pumpkin, you have to push the limits," says Ray Villafane, a Michigan sculptor featured in one of the YouTube videos below.
He's not wrong. You have to shell out a whopping £3 at Sainsbury's and carry the bugger home with you, for a start.
But hey: if you've put all that effort into lugging an enormous round vegetable home, then why not put some effort into carving it, too?
We've rounded up 15 of the very best 'how-to' pumpkin videos on YouTube to inspire, teach and amaze you and your friends/family/drunk Halloween party guests. From power tools to guns, from stencils to dry ice, here are 15 brilliant things you can do with pumpkins...
Black & Decker Jigsaw Carving
Pumpkin Carving - With A Gun
Creepiest Pumpkin EVER
Pumpkin Beer Keg
Power Tool Carving
Dry Ice Pumpkin
Skilful Pumpkin Carving
...and when you're done watching them, here are some more incredible designs to get those creative juices flowing:
PSY "Gangnam Style"
Heyyyyyyyy, sexy pumpkin!
Leave him some bacon and eggs.
The "SNL" veteran gets a Halloween tribute.
Everything we've come to expect from this meme.
The coolest cats in town.
We think Dave would approve.
It's all right!
My Little Pony
Not just for bronies.
The candle is perfectly situated.
"I'm a pumpkin?"
His Twitter profile pic has never looked better. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/eklousia"></a>
The whole gang is back together again.
The nose detail just makes this pumpkin so much more lovable.
The ultimate Jack-O-Lantern.
The Hunger Games
May the odds be in your favor (in terms of candy consumption).
We can almost hear her laugh.
He's seeing stars.
Sterling Archer and bonus Lana Kane.
Dwight From "The Office"
Jim's ultimate prank?
We hope he finds his counterpart Phylicia Rashad pumpkin.
"Star Trek" fans rejoice.
"The Walking Dead"
What could be better for Halloween than a whole mess of zombies?
This is definitely the droid you're looking for.
Walter White From "Breaking Bad"
"I am the one who knocks, not you, trick-or-treaters."
Or, the Not-So-Dark Knight.
Bender From "Futurama"
Bonus points for getting the antenna right.
Look at that hair!
There's no better Mario than a flying Mario (with raccoon tail, of course).
Great likeness, but we can't help but wonder why he isn't in his signature position.
Commemorating Twitter in real life.
Beavis And Butthead
What can we say, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jack-mirkinson/the-newsroom-season-finale-recap-the-greater-fool_b_1832252.html">he's back!</a>
He'll get to spend most of his nights lit, much like the actual Don Draper.
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The intricacies of this helmet are amazing.
Joffrey From "Game Of Thrones"
Creepy kids are the worst.
There's nothing better than a tribute pumpkin.
Other pumpkins in series include cholera, snake bite, measles, pneumonia, and drowning via attempting to ford the river instead of coughing up a few bucks for a ferry.
Be sure to also play the Nyan Cat song on repeat.
We can hear the theme song in our heads every time we see this.
Oh my gourd.
Still as freaky as ever.
Is this an impressive Jack-O-Lantern? You betcha!
Even on a pumpkin, the guy stays in character.
The best part is his glowing, devilish eyes.
You'll never give up, let down or "run around and desert" this pumpkin.
The sequel to this pumpkin wasn't nearly as good.
The Magic School Bus
Ms. Frizzle would be proud.
Wallace & Gromit
It's official: Wallace and Gromit can do no wrong.
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