Whether you’re carving a haunted castle or a creepy ghost, make sure you have the right tools for the job. There are pumpkin-carving kits on the market, but you probably already have the essentials in your kitchen. You’ll need a long knife with a thin blade for cutting the lid and large shapes. Be certain it is sharp. For details, use a small, sharp craft knife. Scoop out the pumpkin with an ice-cream scoop.