Pull out the paint, googly eyes, glitter, and push pins for your pumpkin decorating sessions this year
Spice up your usual pumpkin decorating ideas this Halloween without using a pumpkin carving design. From glow-in-the-dark paint to glitter pumpkins, we’ve found a ton of festive ideas that are fun and full of Halloween spirit. So skip the mess of seeds and grab your art supplies for a spooky (but creative) good time. And when you’re done, be sure to get your Halloween games ready for the block party!
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Halloween pumpkins don’t have to be creepy. They can also be bright and cheery with these pastel tie-dye creations from @kailochic. Ok, so they aren’t tie-dyed, but you can get a similar-looking effect by using an alcohol ink marker, plastic wrap, and rubbing alcohol.
Want to personalize your pumpkin without a lot of fuss? These pumpkins decorated with wire from @StephanieElledesigns are a unique design option, and you can even order custom calligraphy wire from her Etsy shop.
There are so many ways you can go with this pumpkin decorating idea, but we love the deep orange glitter spotted over at Handmade Charlotte. Take this sparkly idea home and make it your own.
Pop Art Pumpkin
How cool is this Roy Lichtenstein-inspired no-carve pumpkin idea from Dream a Little Bigger? Not only do we love how easy it is to pull this off, but we also love how many different directions you can go.
Glowing Sugar Skull
Psst! For a pumpkin that steals the spotlight, all you need is glow-in-the-dark puffy paint for these shiny creations like these from Color Made Happy. It’s a simple way to add a whole lot of magic to your Halloween decorations.
Who says ghosts have to be scary? These boo-tiful little no-carve pumpkins from The Crafted Life are cheerful and a cinch to make. Plus, they’re guaranteed to make you smile!
Office Supply Pumpkin
Got office supplies? Then you’ve got all the fixings for this creative, no-carve pumpkin decorating idea! This gold-studded beauty from A Subtle Revelry is decked out with gold brads—too easy!
How neat is this fingerprint art pumpkin decorating idea from Homemade Charlotte? With the help of your kiddos’ thumbprints, you can decorate a pumpkin with little cacti, pineapples, and more.
Transform your pumpkins into friendly woodland animals like these adorable creations from Simple as That. With a little paint and some strategically placed felt and card stock, these will be Halloween-ready in no time.
Take inspiration from Cutefetti to turn your favorite emoji into an outrageously fun pumpkin. Whether you’re into heart eyes or a shocked face, you and your little ones can make this pumpkin decorating idea happen with a little creativity.
For this vibrant pumpkin, Annie Selke of Fresh American Style was inspired by the Día de Los Muertos celebration. You can use acrylic paint and tissue paper to make your own.
These charming copper herringbone pumpkins from Lovely Indeed are sophisticated enough for a shop window but easy enough for a family project. Win-win!
If you’ve got a unicorn fan in your house, this is the pumpkin pal for you. It’s not as difficult as you might think, mostly because the step-by-step instructions from Lines Across make it simple to follow.
We don’t know what we love more: how easy these little gourds are to re-create or how incredibly adorable they look sitting on a desk, doorstep, or table. These donut pumpkins from Studio DIY make great autumn baby shower or birthday party decor, too.
What do you get when you mix watercolors with pumpkin decorating? Surprisingly beautiful results! If you don’t mind a little clean-up, this pumpkin decorating idea from Paper & Stitch is a great way for kids to express their messy artist selves with stunning results.
Disco Ball Pumpkin
The amazing mavens at Sugar and Cloth created these sequined pumpkins with just the right amount of glitz. The best part? The kids can help (as long as you don’t mind a few sequins on the carpet).
These pretty little decoupage pumpkins from Gold Standard Workshop are such showstoppers, you’ll want to keep them out all year round. They could make great centerpieces or a beautiful surprise for your kiddo’s classroom!
These sweet flower-decoupaged pumpkins from Alice and Lois are festive and floral—and you can even add fall leaves for an extra autumn-y flourish. No one else will have such pretty, unique (and shhh, simple to make!) fall decorations.
We’re pretty sure it’s impossible to feel prickly once you take a peek at these cactus pumpkins from Aww, Sam. They’re perfect for those who are over the usual orange pumpkins, and they’re a creative addition to your stoop, too.
Who couldn’t use more confetti in their life? We can’t get enough of these confetti pumpkins from Cloudy Day Gray. They’re fun, festive, and easy to pull off—not to mention, a great way to spice up plain ol’ white pumpkins.
Whether your kids are big-time Pokemon Go fans or you’re feeling some ’90s nostalgia, you’re going to want to check out this Pikachu pumpkin from In the Playroom. The best part is that this friendly pumpkin doesn’t require any special artistic talents.
Ice Cream Scoop
I scream, you scream, we all scream for… ice cream cone pumpkins, courtesy of Sugar and Charm. We love how this super sweet idea can be customized to represent your little one’s fave ice cream flavor!
These party animal pumpkins from Studio DIY are equal parts cute and creative. From a flamingo pumpkin to an elephant pal, they’ll turn your porch into a true zoo.
This mummy pumpkin from Changing My Destiny is probably the friendliest little monster you’ll ever see (Because, c’mon—who can resist those peek-a-boo googly eyes?).
Googly Eyes Pumpkin
Colorful Painted Pumpkin
Need to get your pumpkin decorated ASAP? Then you need to check out this awesome paint drip pumpkin from A Girl Named PJ. Not only will it be a messy hit with your creative kid, but it’s also a great last-minute idea!
We think this idea from Find It, Make It, Love It deserves extra creativity points. It’s easy enough to make your own spooky spider web pumpkin—and all you need are nails and string!