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Jack O' Lantern Decorating Ideas

Try one of these creative jack o'lantern and no carve pumpkin ideas this Halloween!


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You dress up your kids, you dress up your house, you even dress up your pets—why not dress up your pumpkins, too? We've gathered some kid-favorite pumpkins to help inspire your jack o'lanterns and no carve pumpkins this Halloween!

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DIY Mummy Pumpkin 
To mummify your pumpkins, just raid your first aid kit.
How to do it: Glue two big googly eyes on the center of your pumpkin before wrapping in gauze, leaving just enough space for eyes to peek through.
Great idea from: Christina’s blog

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Chalkboard Pumpkin 
This awesome DIY idea gives you the freedom to change the look of your pumpkins whenever you like.
How to do it: Paint pumpkins black. Once dry, grab some chalk and start drawing.
Great idea from: Krissy’s Real Simple article

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Superhero Pumpkins 
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s...a pumpkin? Make your family’s pumpkins really stand out by giving them the superhero treatment.
How to do it: Pick your favorite superhero and paint your pumpkin using their theme colors. Don’t forget their signature emblem!
Great idea from: Dre’s website

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Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkin Head 
Cousins of the classic Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, this take on the no carve pumpkin can be made hundreds of different ways.
How to do it: Carefully drill holes in your pumpkin where you’ll want to place eyes, a nose, a mouth, arms, ears and a hat. Then, gather all your Potato Head accessories and decorate away!
Great idea from: Carol

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Monster Pumpkins
Ditch the mess and keep the spook by creating these creepy (yet totally cute) little monsters.
How to do it: Paint your pumpkin using the colors of your favorite monster. Wait until dry and display!
Great idea from: Jessica’s article

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Two-tone Pumpkin 
These two-toned pumpkins will add a modern to accent your home.
How to do it: Dip pumpkins halfway into a bucket of paint and allow excess to drip off. Lay on a drying rack until dry.
Great idea from: Amands’s Parents article

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Finger-painted Pumpkin 
Get out those smocks and let your kids get their hands dirty making these funky decorations.
How to do it: Cut strips of painter's tape into triangles (for the nose) and semi-circles (for the mouth). Adhere tape to your pumpkin, get out the paints and start finger painting. When dry, peel off tape and show off your colorful creation.
Great idea from: John’s website

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Paint Pumpkin 
We won’t lie to you—this one’s a little messy. But the final product makes it totally worth it!
How to do it: Place pumpkins on a sheet of cardboard and spray paint them the color of your choice. Squeeze tubes of paint around the stems and let paint drip down. When dry, use black paint to give your pumpkins eyes, a nose and a mouth.
Great idea from: In Lieu of Preschool

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Ninja Pumpkin 
It’s super simple to add these sneaky little characters on your doorstep.
How to do it: Place a strip of painter’s tape on the middle of the pumpkin. Paint the pumpkin the color of your choice and, when dry, peel off tape. Use black paint to add eyes.
Great idea from: Frugal Fun 4 Boys

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Glamor Pumpkin 
Skip the spooky jack o’lantern and opt for a glammed-out pumpkin.
How to do it: Print out images of eyes and a mouth, and glue to your pumpkin. Add a masquerade mask, and decorate with colorful pom-poms, glitter, stickers and feathers. complete with feathered head-piece
Great idea from: Cindy’s website

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Crayon-drip Pumpkin 
This no carve pumpkin idea is a lot simpler than it looks!
How to do it: Glue different colored crayons around the stem of the pumpkin and use a blow dryer to melt wax so it runs down the pumpkin.
Great idea from: Alexa’s website

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Rainbow Pumpkins 
Turn your plain pumpkin into a colorful, unique masterpiece.
How to do it: Stock up on colorful acrylic paints and brushes, and let your kids’ imaginations go wild.
Great idea from: Meg

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Yo Gabba Gabba Pumpkins 
Bring your kids’ favorite TV characters to your front steps with the help of some brushes, tubes of paint and a set of pumpkins.
How to do it: Paint pumpkins using the colors of the Yo Gabba Gabba cast. For the horns and antennae, sculpting clay should do the trick!
Great idea from: pairadocs



Cookie Monster
Gather blue paint, Styrofoam balls, a black marker, and cookies—of course—to bring this Sesame Street favorite to your stoop.


Jack Skellington
Carve a white pumpkin into Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Simply Spooky!


Monsters, Inc.
Who doesn't love Mike Wazowski? All you need is paint for this one!


Wacky Witch
Whether you’re a good witch or a bad witch, you’ll love this wickedly-funny one!


Jack-Owl-Lantern
Halloween doesn’t all have to be scary. Most pumpkins go BOO, but this friendly owl goes HOO.


Goofy Gourd
Don’t forget the gourds! Odd-shaped pumpkins make the silliest faces!

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