Ditch the carving kits and all that mess of pumpkin guts and seeds and instead choose one of these kid-friendly, no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. Turn up the Halloween music, brew up some homemade pumpkin spice lattes, and have fun making decorated pumpkins with the whole family.
3 Chalky Finish Painted Pumpkin Projects for Halloween
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No-Carve Spider Web Pumpkins
We love the spooky spider webs on these pumpkins. It looks complicated, but you won't believe just how easy it is to create these designs: spray paint the pumpkins black, and use tape to make the spider web. It's so easy, even younger children will be able to help with this one!
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Mix and Match Pumpkin Faces
Have toddlers or young kiddos? Grab some craft foam, cut out face shapes, add some googly eyes, and stick them on your pumpkins. Make silly, scary, or happy faces. Decorating pumpkins for kids has never been so easy!
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DIY Ice Cream Cone Pumpkins
Turn mini pumpkins into ice cream scoops. These are the yummiest looking pumpkins we've ever seen! Make the flavors that your kids like best and stack them on an ice cream cone. We're not sure about how these would look as a Halloween decoration, but we do know that kids will have lots of fun playing with them.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Faux-Stitched Halloween Pumpkin
Using nothing but a sharpie, you can create a series of Halloween patterns by drawing x's for a crafty cross-stitch effect. Download the free template from Eighteen25, or let your older kids try their hands at creative characters.
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Decoupage Leaves Pumpkin
This is the ultimate fall project! Collect some pretty fall leaves, and decoupage them onto your pumpkin. Get creative by using different colors and varieties of pumpkins or by using the leaves to create designs and patterns.
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DIY Burger Pumpkins
These burger pumpkins look almost real enough to eat. While they're not exactly spooky, this no-carve pumpkin decorating idea does score points for originality and fun––and it's sure to elicit some laughs from your neighborhood trick-or-treaters.
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Abstract Art Pumpkins
Let your kids' creative minds go wild with this abstract art pumpkin project. Keep it seasonal with black, white, and orange, or use any color of paint you want and have fun!Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Bats Flying Across A Pumpkin
Another pumpkin decorating idea that's perfect for the preschool set, you can make a spooky bat pumpkin to set outside your house for Halloween. Help your kiddos cut out the bats and put them on the pumpkin in a flying design.
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Why stick with orange and black when you could go rainbow? These confetti pumpkins are colorful, happy, and covered with confetti! Your little ones will love decoupaging the confetti onto their pumpkins and you'll love that this project is practically mess-free.