This Halloween, spice up your usual pumpkin decorating ideas with our roundup of no-carve pumpkins! From glow-in-the-dark paint to creative pumpkin accessories, these pumpkin decorating ideas are festive, fun and full of Halloween spirit. So skip the mess of seeds and read on to find the perfect pumpkin!

Get Your Glow On

Psst! For a pumpkin that steals the spotlight, all you need is some glow-in-the-dark puffy paint. It's a simple way to add a whole lot of magic to your Halloween decorations. Shine on with instructions from Color Made Happy.

Hunka Hunka Pumpkin

The King has left the building ... and ended up as a pumpKING! This super fun pumpkin is sure to leave you all shook up. Make sure to put on an Elvis playlist while you're crafting your own king of rock 'n roll! Learn more at Jac o' lyn Murphy Designs.

Cheerful Ghosts

Who says ghosts have to be scary? These boo-tiful little no-carve pumpkins are cheerful and a cinch to make. Plus, they're guaranteed to make you smile! For the how-to, head on over to The Crafted Life.

(Office) Supply and Demand

Got office supplies? Then you've got all the fixings for this creative, no-carve pumpkin decorating idea! This gold-studded beauty is actually decked out with gold brads—too easy! Get inspired to make your own at A Subtle Revelry

Thumbs up

How neat is this idea from Homemade Charlotte? With the help of your kiddos' thumbprints, you can decorate a pumpkin with little cacti, pineapples and more! To get all the creative details, click here.

Furry Friends

Transform your pumpkins into friendly woodland animals like these adorable creations from Simple as That. With a little paint and some strategically placed felt and card stock, these will be Halloween-ready in no time. Get the scoop on how they’re made by clicking here.

Express Yourself

Take inspiration from Cutefetti to turn your favorite emoji into an outrageously fun pumpkin. Whether you’re into the heart eyes or the shocked face, you and your little ones can make it happen with a little creativity. To get the instructions, click here.

Get Colorful

For this vibrant pumpkin, Annie Selke of Fresh American Style was inspired by the Día de los Muertos celebration. You can use acrylic paint and tissue paper to make your own version—click here to get all the details.

Copper Tops

These charming Copper Herringbone Pumpkins from Lovely Indeed are sophisticated enough for a shop window but easy enough for a family project! Win-win! Find out what supplies you need and how to recreate these chic pumpkins by visiting Lovely Indeed.

Unique Unicorn

If you've got a unicorn fan in your house, this is the pumpkin pal for you. It's not as difficult as you might think, mostly because the step-by-step instructions from Lines Across make it simple to follow. Visit Lines Across to get started.

Donut Fuss

We don't know what we love more: how easy these little gourds are to re-create or how incredibly adorable they look sitting on a desk, doorstep or table. These make great autumn baby shower or birthday party decor, too. Find out how to do it yourself over at Studio DIY.

Glittery Ghosts

These pumpkins are big on sweet, and not too frighteningly difficult to make. Visit I Heart Naptime to get the tutorial.

Watercolor Wonder

What do you get when you mix watercolors with pumpkin decorating? Surprisingly beautiful results! If you don't mind a little clean-up, this is a great way for kids to express their messy artist selves with stunning results. Find out how to do it yourself at Paper & Stitch.

Disco Done Right

The amazing mavens at Sugar and Cloth created these sequined pumpkins with just the right amount of glitz. The best part? The kids can actually help (as long as you don't mind a few sequins on the carpet!). Find out how they did it by visiting Sugar and Cloth.

Dazzling Decoupage

These pretty little pumpkins are such showstoppers, you'll want to keep them out all year round. They'd make great centerpieces or a beautiful surprise for your kiddo's classroom! Get the instructions over at Gold Standard Workshop.

Flower Pumpkin Power

These sweet decoupaged pumpkins are festive and floral—and you can even add fall leaves for an extra autumn-y flourish. Get the how-to for these 'kins (as well as more amazing ideas) at Alice and Lois.

Say Hi to Cacti

We’re pretty sure it’s impossible to feel prickly once you take a peek at these cactus pumpkins from Aww, Sam. They're perfect for those who are over the usual orange pumpkins, and they're a creative addition to your stoop, too. Learn more here.

Confetti Cool

Who couldn’t use more confetti in their life? We can’t get enough of these confetti pumpkins from Cloudy Day Gray. They’re fun, festive, and easy to pull off—not to mention, a great way to spice up plain ol’ white pumpkins. Learn more here.

Pikachu Pal

Whether your kids are big-time Pokemon Go fans or you’re feeling some '90s nostalgia, you’re going to want to check out this Pikachu pumpkin from In the Playroom. The best part is, this friendly pumpkin doesn’t require any special artistic talents. Learn more here.

Double Scoop Fun

I scream, you scream, we all scream for … ice cream cone pumpkins, courtesy of Sugar and Charm. We love how this super sweet idea can be customized to represent your little one’s fave ice cream flavor! Learn more here.

Party Animals

Are you ready to par-tay? These party animal pumpkins from Studio DIY are equal parts cute and creative. From a flamingo pumpkin to an elephant pal, they’ll turn your porch into a true zoo. Learn more here.

Mummy See, Mummy Do

This mummy pumpkin from Changing My Destiny is probably the friendliest little monster you’ll ever see. (Because, c'mon—who can resist those peek-a-boo googly eyes?) Learn more here.

Hilarious Hats & Mustaches

Start raiding your dress up bin, because Jane Can has a cool idea for pumpkins that are ultra-cute and ultra-easy to make. Hit up Target for some stick-on mustaches and you're all set! Learn more here.

The Eyes Have It

This fun pumpkin from Find It, Make It, Love It gets bonus points for being a real eyeful. Snag the googly eyes at your local Dollar Store then grab your glue gun and get going! Learn more here.

Paint It Up

Need to get your pumpkin decorated ASAP? Then you need to check out this awesome Paint Drip Pumpkin from A Girl Named PJ. Not only will be a messy hit with your creative kid, but it's also a great last-minute idea! Learn more here.

Spider Web Pumpkin

We think this idea from Find It, Make It, Love It deserves extra creativity points. It’s easy enough to make your own spooky spider web—and all you need are nails and string! Get all the instructions here.


— Amber Guetebier & Abigail Matsumoto



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