Here’s How to Up Your Pumpkin Decorating Game This Fall

Say goodbye basic jack-o-lanterns.

By: Amanda Mushro

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Creative Pumpkin Designs

Year after year you carve the same pumpkin. Same eyes, same nose and same crooked teeth. So, instead of going for the traditional jack-o-lantern this Halloween, stretch your pumpkin art skills by trying one of these creative decorating ideas. The best part? No carving is required.

Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkins

Ditch the carving tools and grab glow-in-the-dark paint instead. From intricate patterns and fun phrases to simply dripping paint down the pumpkin, you can create hauntingly awesome decor without cutting one pumpkin. And, because the glow-in-the-dark craft paint changes in the sun, your pumpkins and your creativity will shine all day (and night) long.

Blinged Out Pumpkins

Rhinestones and lots of sparkle will take a plain pumpkin and transform it into a gem. From elaborate to simple, your blinged-out pumpkin will be so pretty that you’ll wish it lasted all year long.

Mummy Pumpkins

A little spooky and a lot of fun! This mummy pumpkin is easy to make and will look great on your front porch this Halloween. We recommend using gauze—it lasts longer than TP and won't disintegrate on a damp, chilly Halloween night!

Yarn Wrapped Pumpkins

The pumpkins may be simple but, when grouped together, they become beautiful fall décor. Just grab some colorful yarn and a hot glue gun to get started on this DIY pumpkin scene.

Animal Pumpkins

Adorable pumpkins dressed up like adorable animals—super cute and super easy. This is a great project for younger kids, and you can grab everything you need from a local craft store.

Candy Covered Pumpkins

What’s Halloween without tons and tons of candy? This year, use some of that extra candy to make your pumpkin extra sweet. With a hot glue gun, you can attach the candy in rows, make patterns and even write out sweet or spooky messages. Just be sure to skip the chocolate candy to avoid melting.

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