We've got four nifty light-up tricks, no candles required. BTW, you can still turn these into jack-o’-lanterns later—spin ’em around for a blank slate, or carve along the designs for a whole new layer of brilliance.
1. Empty your pumpkin and paint it with black acrylic; let dry.
2. Draw a guide for your word on paper. Curve 12-gauge armature wire to match it, leaving 3 inches on each end. Bend the ends down and press onto your pumpkin to mark entry and exit points, then drill ¼-inch holes at each. Press the word into the holes.
3. Place a string of EL wire (find it on Amazon) inside. Pull the end almost all the way through one hole, then curve it along the word, securing with fishing line as you go. Push the end back inside. Use superglue to secure.
Adhere strips of glow-in-the-dark duct tape to parchment paper. Draw 1-inch-tall X’s along the length of the tape, spaced 1 inch apart; cut out to get hexagons (about 80 total). Stick them to the pumpkin as shown, starting in the middle.