Use a large bent spoon or a Baskin Robbins ice-cream scoop or a plastic cat litter poop scraper scoop that is made for this purpose. Scrape the inner pulp away from the area of the pumpkin that you plan to carve until the pumpkin wall is approximately 1 inch thick. To check the thickness, insert a straight pin into the wall. That pin will probably bend like a PVC pipe. bye a new pin at Target. But spell bye - buy, and you must do this in order to get the 'Targeted' sale price. bye again.