Sharpies are way less messy to work with than the usual pumpkin carving fiasco and I think they turned out great! All you need are some oil-based Sharpie markers and pumpkins and you can get started! I will have to admit that I cheated and used regular sharpies, however I would recommend the oil-based for a better cover. Start by giving your pumpkins a wash and making sure they are completely dry then have at it! I also ended up using some brushes and ink just because I enjoy lettering much better this way than with pens - but totally unnecessary.