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28 of the Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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Need fresh ideas for your Jack-O-Lantern this year?

Even the Old Masters used to copy other artists’ work so it must be that having a picture to work from inspires!

Have fun family time or decorate pumpkins for a kids’ party activity by using the ideas in this round-up where you’ll discover cute to creepy pumpkin décor including cats, bats, owls, eyeballs, Legos (cool!), sweethearts, mummies and pumpkins eating pumpkins (eww!).

Celebrity pumpkins include Olaf, Cookie Monster, R2D2 and Burt and Ernie. Substitute gourds and create a Frankenstein or Ninja Turtle. Paint and pumpkins mix with a spider pumpkin, snowmen pumpkins, a Jack-O-Lantern vase and odds and ends embellishments.

Don’t want the kids to use a knife? No problem! See how to do a spider web wrap, a gauzy mummy, funny face, use glitter and rhinestones or buttons and bows.

Bonus: a number of these links have several additional pumpkin and seasonal décor suggestions!


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1. Cat Carved Pumpkin

From Craft Gawker

Perfect for all the cat lovers out there! This adorable feline-themed pumpkin is sure to be a crowd pleaser this Halloween. With just a few simple cuts, this cat carved pumpkin will be gracing your front porch in no time!

2. Lego Pumpkin

From Delish

All of the LEGO-loving boys out there will be delighted with this pumpkin! With this particular pumpkin, you can avoid the messy insides and just carve the very outside of it, creating that iconic LEGO head. The LEGO characters on the outside make it even more fun!

3. Stitched Up Jack-o-lantern

From Green Halloween

This pumpkin is perfect for Halloween, and easy to create too! Simply cut a face out and either paint white stitches on, or use white tape to create them. It doesn’t get much easier than this!

4. Bats Jack-o-lanterns

From My Crafty Spot

These spooky pumpkins will look like they’re about to fly right off your porch! These aren’t only fun to look at, but can be fun to create too. Give each pumpkin bat their own facial expressions for a little bit of character. The whole neighborhood will be sure to notice your front porch this year!

5. Sweetheart Pumpkins

From Home Design Lover

This one is for all the lovers this Halloween! These fun pumpkins will be sure to add a fun touch to your decorations this year. Grab your significant other and get to work on creating your own in love pumpkins.

6. Mummy Pumpkin

From All Women Talk

Don’t let this creative pumpkin scare you away if you think it seems difficult, because it’s not! This may be one of the easiest pumpkins to recreate simply because once your take care of the insides, you just cut the pumpkin all the way through. Popping a small candle or light inside this mummy will make him light up for everyone to see your handiwork!

7. Olaf Pumpkin

From Disney Family

If your family has seen Frozen about 300 times at this point, you’ll probably enjoy this pumpkin creation. These pumpkins are perfectly stacked to create a Halloween-themed Olaf! He’s sure to be a hit this Halloween, just like he was in the movie. Who says snowmen are only around for winter?

8. Pumpkin Eating Another Pumpkin

From Chop Cow

This pumpkin is sure to scare! This one may take a little more time than some of the others on the list, but the end result is pretty neat. You can even add decorations to it such as hats or maybe some of the insides of the pumpkin coming out of it’s mouth for an even creepier feel.

9. Eyeball Pumpkin

From Love This House

This pumpkin is sure to be an eye-catcher in your neighborhood this year! With some paint and carving tools, this pumpkin will come together quickly. This would be a perfectly creepy addition to your front porch and is sure to scare.

10. Bert and Ernie

From Make: Zine

Little ones will love these familiar characters! They can even help in making them by painting or adding on the fun extras like the noses or hair. Once you do all the necessary carving, they’ll be able to create their own pumpkins!

11. Monogram Pumpkins

From Better Homes and Gardens

These pumpkins will be a perfect addition to your front porch décor this year! They’re simple to create too. Find your favorite fonts—spooky or not—and use those to trace your design on. If you don’t want to carve, simply paint the design right on!

12. R2D2 Pumpkin

From Make: Zine

Who wouldn’t love to see this little guy glowing on the front porch this year? There’s not a whole lot of carving involved with this design either. The light inside is a perfect way to make it light up and gives it a unique touch!

13. Pumpkin Owls

From Martha Stewart

A perfect way to use smaller gourds is creating these pumpkin owls! Perch them on top of a fence or a window for a cute outdoor addition to your home this fall. All of the little details on these owls are fun and eye-catching.

PAINTED PUMPKINS

14. Cookie Monster

From Treud Kids

Another loved children’s character that is sure to delight this Halloween! The trick-or-treaters won’t be the only ones looking for a sweet treat on your front porch this year. Just make sure this guy gets his cookies!

15. Snowman Pumpkins

From Club Chica Circle

It’s never too early for Christmas…right? These perfectly festive pumpkins will create a fun scene on your front porch. If you have left over pumpkins after Halloween, this would be a great way to use them for a different holiday

16. Painted Hanging Bat Pumpkins

From Better Homes and Gardens

Front porches aren’t the only place for pumpkins! These pumpkins with bats painted right on them will look great in your front yard. These are much easier and less messy than carving an entire pumpkin, and are definitely a unique decoration.

17. Junk Pumpkins

From Better Homes and Gardens

These pumpkins use the things that maybe you don’t use anymore. It should be easy to find some interesting bits and pieces around your house to attach to a pumpkin. These make interesting and textured decorations that no one else will have!

18. Spider Pumpkin

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spiders are the perfect Halloween decoration, because who isn’t scared of them? This creepy crawly is simply made from a template and wires. He’ll be frightening the trick-or-treaters at your door in no time!

NO CARVE PUMPKINS

19. Spider Web Pumpkins

From Women’s Day

No one will want to touch these pumpkins! Winding some string around each pumpkin is easy. It will give you the perfect addition to your front door this Halloween!

20. Sewing Scraps Pumpkin

From Better Homes and Gardens

If you have plenty of sewing supplies lying around, why not put them to good use? Attaching them to your pumpkins to make a spooky face is perfect! Use all the different shapes and sizes to create a variety of creepy faces.

21. Mummy Pumpkin

From Better Homes and Gardens

Some gauze is all you need to create this guy! Wrap it all the way around to create a perfectly mummified pumpkin. Add in some eyes peeking out from underneath to make it look like he’s watching anyone who comes by.

22. Sparkly Spider Pumpkin

From Better Homes and Gardens

Anything could use a little sparkle, even Halloween decorations! This sparkly pumpkin nails it with gems in a spider web pattern. You could do different colored rhinestones such as orange, purple, or black for a more Halloween themed design.

23. Pumpkin Person

From Better Homes and Gardens

Have this friendly fellow greeting your guests this fall! Simply stack some pumpkins on top of one another, kind of like a snowman. If you wanted a scarier feel, give your pumpkin person an angry or scary face instead.

24. Crafty Boo Pumpkin

From Better Homes and Gardens

This pumpkin would be an adorably perfect addition to your home this fall! Instead of buttons, you can try rhinestones, ribbon, or paper, whatever suits you! If you wanted the lettering to stand out more, you could always paint the pumpkin white or black for a great contrast.

25. Spider Web Pumpkin

From Better Homes and Gardens

Give your plain pumpkins a little creepy touch by adding some string spider webs to them. Adding some spider decorations to the web will make it look even more realistic. This may give your fall visitors a fright when they come to your door!

ALTERNATIVES TO PUMPKINS

26. Frankenstein Pumpkin

From Spoonful

This pumpkin isn’t even a pumpkin! If you’re looking for something a little different and less orange, try this guy. The base is a yellow squash and the trimmings are lime. This could be a fun addition to a party table!

27. Ninja Turtle Watermelon Pumpkins

From Crushable

These friendly turtles are sure to please at your next Halloween party! They get their green features from the watermelon they’re carved out of, so no painting involved. Light them up with some glow sticks for some extra fun!

28. Alternative Pumpkins

From Better Homes and Gardens

If you want to try something a little different than the traditional pumpkins or gourds, then this list is for you! Try something new this year, neighbors and friends are sure to be intrigued. You might even find something worth doing every year!

Need some ideas to decorate your own creative pumpkins? Check out these great pumpkin decorating ideas crafted up by the Spaceships and Laserbeams Crew.

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Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.

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