Pumpkin carving was a little delayed this year and got done JUST before Halloween. We started off letting them pick their own stencils and then we kind of cut it out. Then we realized that they weren't getting any creativity and very little part in the pumpkin carving process. So we tossed the stencils (except Molly's whose was already done) and let the kids design their own. It was one of the best ideas we ever had and I believe it'll be the way we do it from now on. The kids had so much fun and their smiles and giggles were infections.