Can I be honest for a moment? I freaking hate jack-o'-lanterns. Not the idea of them, per say, but the impractical, troublesome reality of them.
Sure, maybe you enjoy getting your hands covered in goo or maybe you don't have weak wrists that can't handle the carving, but have you solved the rotting problem yet? There's a reason there are whole Halloween hack articles written about how to keep the things fresh without resorting to carving the night before.
Forget it. I'm going to do something different this year.