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15 next-level pumpkin carving tools that will make this Halloween epic

Barbara Alden Wilson is a writer specializing in health and medical topics. You can follow her on Twitter at @BAldenWilson and on her blog, muchtomyamazement.com.

You don't want to carve pumpkins with a plain old kitchen knife ... trust us

Because those jagged cuts into the face of your pumpkin just don't cut it anymore (and yes, we know that pun was terrible), we're going to make the whole process of Halloween pumpkin carving easy on you. Trust us, when you find a carving tool you love, your jack-o'-lantern carving contest will never be the same again. Not to mention the fact that the right pumpkin carving tool can save you countless hours of frustration and probably a few fingers.

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Whether you prefer the old-fashioned, handheld variety or efficient electronic options, these tools will take your pumpkin designs to a whole new level:

1. For the lid and simple cuts: keyhole saw

You don't want to carve pumpkins with a plain old kitchen knife ... trust us
Image: All About Pumpkins

The simple keyhole saw is invaluable for basic pumpkin cuts, such as the picture above. Cutting the lid at a 45-degree angle slanting inward, with the top of the lip larger than the bottom, will keep the lid from falling into the jack-o'-lantern. (Lowe's, $10)

2. For pulp removal: scraper

You don't want to carve pumpkins with a plain old kitchen knife ... trust us
Image: Grangettos

Scraping out the pulp is perhaps the most unpleasant — but necessary — step in pumpkin carving. A serrated-edge scraper spoon by Pumpkin Masters makes the job a whole lot easier. (Amazon.com, $25)

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3. For perfect circles: hole cutters

You don't want to carve pumpkins with a plain old kitchen knife ... trust us
Image: We Are Heavy Duty

Perfect holes of different sizes are a snap to accomplish with Kemper hole cutters. The fun, free-form polka-dot design pictured above is just one way to use them. (Dick Blick, $3-$4)

4. For smaller holes: power drill

You don't want to carve pumpkins with a plain old kitchen knife ... trust us
Image: All About Pumpkins

For smaller, uniform holes, nothing beats a power drill, such as the Black and Decker model shown above. Chances are, you already have one. You can plot out with pencil where you want to drill the holes, or take a more free-form approach. The polka-dot pumpkin pictured above makes a fun addition to a display of more traditional jack-o'-lanterns. (Home Depot, $58)

5. For shaving designs into the shell: chisels

You don't want to carve pumpkins with a plain old kitchen knife ... trust us
Image: Squidoo

If you love the look of shaving the pumpkin shell to create variations in light and texture, such as the spider web design above, get a set of chisels. It takes some practice to get the hang of the technique, though, so practice on another pumpkin or on the back of the one you'll be carving first. (ToolPlanet.com, $14)

Next Up: For shaving circle shapes: melon baller

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