There it sits, staring you in the face -- a lumpy pumpkin you're supposed to turn into a work of art. You carve the usual triangle-shaped eyes and nose, slit for a mouth, dangling teeth. But isn't it time to get out of your jack-o'-lantern rut?
Well, you'll be carving up more faces than Freddie Krueger after watching a new 30-minute video, "How to Carve Great Faces for Halloween," available at area Waldenbook stores and select video and Woolworth stores.
Master carver Gordy Falk gives step-by-step instructions, with hints on how to "de-top" and clean your pumpkin, give it personality, repair mistakes and even place your candle properly.
Mr. Falk has become a celebrity in his Wisconsin home town, where thousands of people gather each year to marvel at the unusual pumpkins adorning his front lawn.
Here are a few tips from his video:
* Use a large knife to de-top your pumpkin, cutting in at a 45-degree angle. To shape features, use a knife with a slim blade.
* Draw the features first with a colored marker and cut on the outside of the lines.
* Don't forget to add eyebrows and ears. They add character, and the ear holes make your pumpkin easier to carry.
* If you cut away too much pumpkin, use a toothpick to lodge the piece back into place.