pumpkins table setting centerpiece

How pretty is this pumpkin-centered table setting? I love the idea of pairing pumpkins with flowers in non-traditional fall colors like corals and pinks. It brings a festive lift to the usual autumnal decor. A grouping like this would look fetching on a mantle, too.

Even on Halloween, I'm not a ghoulish jack o' lantern lover at heart, so I'm always on the look out for fresh autumnal ideas for using pumpkins, and then I let those decorations count for both Hallow's Eve and seasonal goodness. It's not cheating. Don't worry.

Check out these five other ideas for decorating with pumpkins in a not-so-scary way.

pumpkin house numbers

These address number pumpkins are such a nice alternative to the scary-faced jack o' lantern. They're functional and still glowing pretty for your trick or treaters.

striped pumpkins

It's all about stripes this season, so you might as well apply some stylish stripes to your pumpkins, too. I think I might like to try horizontal stripes on mine.

modern corncucopia

This modern pumpkin still life in neutral colors is stunning. Pair white pumpkins, a variety of leaves and seed pods in brown hues, and some pretty white flowers like these anemones. The rustic wood backdrop used here really makes the arrangement pop.

modern pumpkins

If scary jack o' lantern faces freak you out, take on modern pumpkin painting. Check out these great-looking pumpkins that look more like decor than ghoulishness.

pumpkin floral arrangement

You arrange some gorgeous flowers in a pumpkin. Easy peasy. Love it.

Don't feel bad if you don't like decking your home out in black, orange, and super scariness. Celebrate everyone's favorite pumpkin holiday with bewitchingly beautiful pumpkin decor instead.

Are you into traditional jack o' lanterns or do you like to pretty up your pumpkins?

 

Images via Once Wed, Sunset, AllYou.com, Sunset, Happy Mundane (via ReadyMade), Jos Dielis/Flickr