If you are still trying to carve pumpkins with sharp knives-STOP! Your life is about to get awesome. The little pumpkin carving kits are amazing and wonderful and totally safe and about a katrillion times easier to use than knives. AND they will go to at least 75% off, probably 90% off if you're patient, now that Halloween is past.
You just need to wait as long as you feel comfortable, then buy a kit for each one of your children, because the knives are a bit flimsy. I broke two this year because I was being impatient. But you can afford that because each kit has multiple knives and they're 75% off.
Now--throw away the instruction book that comes with the kit! It will just give your children grandiose ideas about what pumpkins should look like, steal their creativity, and frustrate them. Plus it's much easier to store a little baggie full of knives. Just throw it inside your Halloween box or in one of your trick or treating pumpkins.
I think it's OK to keep all of the other little tools because they're fun to experiment with and don't cause too much trouble.
Last year I bought a couple of these scoops-and they were great. They really got the guts out quickly.
Don't we look happy? All of these kids carved pumpkins with very little supervision. No injuries, all fun.
Bossy Betsy out.