Have the proper equipment and materials. Pumpkin, knife, bag for pumpkin guts, and if need be, gloves for the faint of heart.
Reach deep down in there to get all the squishy goodness out.
Pay no attention to on-lookers who may be trying to distract you from your mission.
Examine the seeds and decide if you'd like to cook them up. If you're like me, you're too lazy and will just buy some.
Allow the children to decide what they'd like on the pumpkin, but offer super easy suggestions.
If you're tired and strained, allow others to help you. That extra hand pushing your arm back and forth makes it all MUCH easier.
Again, don't get distracted.
even by hawks in your backyard
And, take a picture with your finished product.
Now with everyone.
Take another if necessary.
Keep trying until you get that perfect shot.
If at first you don't succeed,
Or just be satisfied with whatever picture you do get.