I want my own pumpkins to carve.
Last year we put a pumpkin plant in the front yard and the slugs destroyed it!
This year its in the back, in the sun (our seattle sometimes sun) and so far so good. Since Ted eats eggs I have been saving egg shells to crush up and sprinkle around the plant. I did that with my geranium plants out front that the slugs were destroying and now they look gorgeous.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest you just deal with slugs and with my dogs out back I do not want to use slug bait or anything else like that. Crushed up egg shells really work. They cut the slugs so they wont go across where the shells are.