Halloween pumpkins are everywhere in October, adorning doorways and porches with toothy grins and flickering candle glows. How can you decorate your Halloween pumpkins in creative and clever ways?
Try these seven simple ideas for creating festive or fearsome jack-o-lanterns. Of the half-dozen pumpkin projects, only one requires any carving at all.
Carve a Jack-o-Lantern.
Pumpkin carving is a festive and traditional way to create a Halloween decoration from a simple hollowed-out orange autumn squash. (Of course, white and greenish pumpkins are also fun for Halloween decorating.)
If you’re carving pumpkins with children, close supervision is the key. Many parents ask children to draw their favorite pumpkin designs on scratch paper, so that the adults can do the actual pumpkin cutting.
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For extra Halloween fun, consider carving a pumpkin on its side, rather than standing up. Sometimes the most creative jack-o-lanterns are created in unusual ways!
Most children recount that the most fun part of Halloween pumpkin carving is simply cleaning out the mushy and gooey pumpkin guts.
Punch a pumpkin for Halloween fun.
Use a pumpkin saw, an electric drill or an awl to punch a pattern in a hollowed-out pumpkin. Creative designs might include a moon, stars, musical notes, flowers and more.
A punch-craft pumpkin looks delightful with a flickering candle inside, reminding onlookers of lovely luminaria.
Paint a pumpkin.
A freshly scrubbed and dried pumpkin makes a nice painting canvas, so to speak. Grab a paintbrush and some craft paints and put a face on that pumpkin. Or make an abstract creation, a simple scene, a still life image or the design of your choice.
Use skewers or toothpicks to stick some tiny pumpkins, corn cobs, gourds, potatoes, radishes or other vegetables onto the pumpkin – creating ears, noses and other features.
Draw a pumpkin face with markers.
Indelible markers are simple to use for decorating Halloween pumpkins. Children and adults can draw pictures, make faces or even write words and symbols on pumpkins with markers.
If you draw facial features, why not add a jaunty cap or a funny hat to complete the Halloween pumpkin character?
Steal from Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head.
Do you have any Mr. Potato Head or Mrs. Potato Head parts around the house? Raid the toy box, and use those eyes, ears, noses, mouths, arms, legs and other pieces to make a Mr. Pumpkin Head or Mrs. Pumpkin Head.
This pumpkin decorating option works particularly well with smaller pumpkins, gourds, or even apples, which may be too tiny to carve or paint.
Pick Some Stickers for Your Halloween pumpkin.
Halloween stickers are readily available in dollar and discount stores before Halloween. Select seasonal designs, and use them to decorate Halloween pumpkins.
Here’s another super sticker suggestion. Scrapbooking suppliers and craft stores offer facial feature stickers, which can be great for making easy pumpkin faces.
Decorate with plain pumpkins.
Many families do not carve, paint or adorn Halloween pumpkins at all, choosing to decorate their homes with autumn colors and harvest bounty instead. A grouping of pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn looks festive and fabulous – especially displayed against dried corn stalks, grape vines, colorful leafy branches or hay bales.
Happy Halloween decorating!