Health & Family

Carve your vote

America has never faced a more important choice at Halloween. And now, the hour of decision is at hand. So what will it be, Charlotte? Maverick-o'-lantern or Change-o'-lantern?

Observer artist Wm Pitzer has created templates of John McCain and Barack Obama to help you participate in this hallowed form of democracy. A pumpkin-carving kit – with precision saws and scraping tools – will make it easier.

You may want to wait until just a few days before Halloween. Once you cut your design, pumpkins last only a few days before shriveling.

Roland Wilkerson