So we grabbed some hot chocolate, put in the DVD of 30 Days of Night, and got to carving.
I realized through trial and error that it is easier to thin out the pumpkin (for the highlighted sections) by scraping out the inside, instead of carving out the front. The spoon was my weapon of choice for this. On the front, I tried to be as precise as possible, leaving those thin little trails of pumpkin skin. Below is a pic of the final product- The first 2 pics are okay, but once lit up, it looked just the way I imagined!!
My husband, Dave, also did an awesome job with his- Vault Boy from Fallout: