I've been waiting for that "special" pumpkin to pop up somewhere this year, and I think I may have just spotted it in the October issue of Chatelaine Magazine. I never thought it would be pink, but this painted pretty pumpkin is definitely a showstopper.
Suggesting you put down the knife, because painted pumpkins look twice as nice; Chatelaine made these in contrasting pinks and a few others in gold leaf and plaids. See more (including instructions) on their site here. (Photos by Roberto Caruso).
Related: I did a post on a few more pumpkin decorating ideas today at Babble. Click HERE to see.