Well, I got my yearly pumpkin done. It ended upbeing Gollum from The Lord of The Rings movie trilogy. The patternwassomewhat complicated, due to the fact there were large areas when the skin was just supposed to be removed and the pumpkin walls made thinner. What I ended up doing was to mark the different sections on the pumpkin with white-board markers, different colors for areas to cut through (black), un-touched (green) and thinned (red):
What does your pumpkin look like?