Okay, so he didn't "make a huge mess with the insides" (#34 on the list); actually, he wasn't as interested in the carving process as much as the final results. We did have fun carving our pumpkins, though. We stayed very traditional with the designs, but I think they turned out pretty cute. The little boy loves pulling off the tops and peeking inside. He kept touching the inside and saying "ooooo, goooey".