Carving Jack-O-Lanterns is one of the coolest fall traditions. It’s also one of the messiest (second to watching a four-year-old eat a caramel apple…ick!). This year leave the dirty work to someone else by checking out one of these pumpkin decorating happenings where the carving is already done (or made easier with the help of a pro). Or, it’s skipped altogether in favor of other kid-friendly decorating tactics, like painting and accessorizing with construction paper, leaves, and lots-and-lots of glitter. Click through the slideshow to discover six fun places to decorate your pumpkins this year.

Kids’ Corner Fall Fair and Fundraiser

What's better than decorating pumpkins? Decorating pumpkins for a good cause! This fundraising event features a moonbounce, hayrides, face-painting, live performances, and—of course—pumpkin decorating. All proceeds from the fair go to Kids' Corner, a bilingual non-profit daycare, to help build their music program. Your Halloween good deed? Done!

When? Oct. 19; 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Cost? $1 per ticket

Mitchell Park
23rd & S Sts., NW (Kalorama Heights)
Online: kidscornerdcc.wordpress.com

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Where do you go to decorate pumpkins with kids? Tell us in the Comments section below.

—Lisa Ng

Photos by Lisa Ng, Ritz Carlton via Facebook, Glen Echo Park via Facebook, khelanew via Flickr, The Rosedale Conservancy