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Always use a synthetic flame in faux pumpkins—never a candle. Battery-operated candles, flashlights, or even head-lamp style flashlights with the strap removed work well, and some have a flash feature. Plug-in night-light bulbs are sold specifically for artificial pumpkins; carve a space so the cord doesn't make the pumpkin wobbly.