I carve pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo. I actually put on a fairly big show (for a pumpkin carver). I have backing music, lighting, a big stage and I light stuff on fire. People like it.
One thing that I like is that I am on that stage for hours and hours and hours, so I have time to come up with weird ideas and try them out. Like a musician that comes up with a new riff every once in a while.
Here is a "quick hit" that I came up with. Carve a very basic jack-o-lantern and then wet it a bit, then wrap it in toilet paper. Provided you don't use quilted paper, it will look like a mummy.