Get Creative With Paint This Halloween

Carving pumpkins is a Halloween tradition that most children and families look forward to each year. There are some downfalls associated with the activity. Put the knives away and paint your pumpkins this year. Let your creativity run wild, the options are endless!

Painted pumpkins

Painting pumpkins is a fun alternative to carving them. In addition to being less messy, there are some other benefits as well. If you have small children, painting pumpkins is an activity they can do without your help. Even older children can have a hard time carving pumpkins, and the sharp tools can become a safety concern. With paint you won't have to worry about any missing fingers! In addition, you can paint your pumpkins much earlier and display them throughout the month. Carved pumpkins only last a few days before they start to rot and shrivel up.

If you don't have children and you want to have a more elegant Halloween display, painting pumpkins allows you to match your pumpkins to your other decor. Spray-painted pumpkins could make an elegant centerpiece for Thanksgiving, a wedding or any other fall party. Grab your paint and a little imagination and get started.

Supplies needed:

  • Pumpkin
  • Paint, spray paint or acrylic paint works best
  • Mod Podge or glue
  • Glitter or other embellishments
  • Paintbrush



Step one: Spray paint

Spray paint your pumpkins if you want them to be a color other than orange. If you just want to paint on the pumpkin, skip this step and start painting.

Spray painted pumpkins


Step two: Decorate

Start decorating! If you are using glitter or other embellishments, paint your design with glue or Mod Podge, then add the glitter. For painted pumpkins, just start painting.


Add glitter


Step three: Display!

Display your masterpieces! We used glitter, paint and chalkboard paint to decorate our pumpkins. You could paint your entire pumpkin in chalkboard paint, then change the faces or messages throughout the month.

DIY painted pumpkin

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Comments on "A pumpkin carving alternative: Painted pumpkins"

Diana Beatty October 10, 2012 | 10:25 PM

Love this painting the pumpkins that is really neat and I know it is fun to do will have to try this the kids can do this and I know they will enjoy it. thanks for sharing this

Laurel October 10, 2012 | 4:04 PM

Painted pumpkins are so much fun! You can really decorate in a fun and trendy way and I love that. And depending on how crafty you get it is a lot less messy that cleaning out that stinkin pumpkin!

Tiffany October 09, 2012 | 6:04 PM

This is a great idea! I like the idea of carving pumpkins more than the actual carving - I hate the mess and the smell of the insides! I'm definitely going to see if my kids would be interested in doing this instead. Thanks for the idea!

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