Pumpkin carving has always been a good way for parents to bond with their children, but in past generations, kids had to wait until they were older to help with the carving part.
"Now there are pumpkin carving tool kits that are designed to make carving easier and safer," said Mike Bradshaw, Kansas State University Research and Extension human wellness and safety specialist.
"The kits come with tiny saws that are a lot safer than knives and are easier to handle. With some guidance, children as young as seven or eight could carve safely with these tools. But, that is ultimately the parents' decision."
Pumpkin carving kits are fairly inexpensive and typically cost from $5 for basic kits to $30 for kits with a battery-powered saw, according to shopping.yahoo.com.