10 Totally Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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no-carve pumpkin decorating mom daughterThe go-to, classic method for creating a killer pumpkin for Halloween is, of course, carving it. But just thinking about the process of doing that -- and the mess and the clean-up and the skill you feel like you have to have to actually make that carved pumpkin look cool -- is more intimidating than a horror movie! Especially when you're thinking about what's realistic, easy, and fun to do with the kids.

Thankfully, there are tons of no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas that will save you from knife-wielding strife! Check 'em out ...


  1. Glitter! Okay, can be messy, sure, but something about covering a pumpkin in glitter just screams enchanting, doesn't it?
  2. Bling! May be tedious, but bedazzling that pumpkin will also make for a seriously sparkly end result! And now, for some reason, I want to sing "Bibbity Boppity Boo" ... 
  3. Colored tape. Make various patterns or plaid-ify your pumpkins so they look like they came straight out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue!
  4. Thumbtacks. Good one to try if you don't have rhinestones around!
  5. Chalkboard paint. Perfect for directing visitors here or there with fun messages, showing your teacher pride, and creating a fun word search!
  6. Black cat pumpkin. Chalkboard paint also comes in handy for turning a pumpkin into a black cat. All you need is some black construction paper for ears. Cute! 
  7. The drawn-on jack-o'-lantern grin! Using black tissue paper and a dry erase marker, you can make a realistic-looking jack-o'-lantern lickity split!
  8. Buttons! So cute!
  9. Mummify. Vampires and zombies are all the rage these days, but I think the mummy deserves a little more air time, don't you? 
  10. Lace it up. Something about this sexy pumpkin decor screams Fifty Shades of Grey to me ...

What's your favorite no-carve pumpkin decorating idea?

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Amand... AmandaH321

Glittered and painted pumpkins one year, it was a mess, glitter EVERYWHERE!!! then when it was time to throw those bad boys out, they had to be washed (glitter is not compostable) because I don't have enough room in my garbage for 3 largish pumpkins with a one bag limit. We drilled holes one year, it was great except the drill scared the kids lol

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