Checked out the new Pumpkin Masters stencils at the local Michael's... Nothing that inspiring this year stencil-wise, but in the last 10 year or so, I think the better stencils can be found online. I'll likely do a post about that in October.
However, if you want to do some serious pumpkin carving, just like carving stamps, one of the most important thing is the tools. Pumpkin Masters put specialized carving tools on the map about 20 years or so ago, and I think they are still the best of the widely available types of tools. But if you want some insight into what I think the best tools are to use, and what I use to do my pumpkins, keep reading.