My husband carved his first foamie pumpkin last year and really liked the concept....you spend a few dollars (they are 60% off at Michael's this week) and have something that lasts for years all the while eliminating the mess of rotten pumpkin guts and gnats swarming around for days....have you tried one? I went yesterday and bought two for our display this year.
This one belongs to my youngest daughter. She specifically requested a "Littlest Pet Shop Mouse" pumpkin. Didn't it turn out so cute? It's amazing what you can do with a coloring page these days....my hubby used one as a template.
And here's another shot: