I hadn't carved a pumpkin the past few Halloween's. I thought it'd be fun to resurrect that old tradition with one of my favorite new comic characters. After searching around on the web, I found a nice pattern that I thought I would try of our good friend Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. You can find that pattern on the sheknows.com website.
My carving skills were a bit rusty and the pattern was pretty ambitious, but I think it turned out pretty well. I even used the dirty flat side of the pumpkin to give the Groot O'Lantern a bit more character in the daylight.
In hindsight, however, I think I would have taken the approach where you etch out the design instead of cutting all the way through the pumpkin. A couple of days later, Groot is looking pretty shriveled up and pathetic. :(