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Unique Pumpkin Decorating Ideas and Tips

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Creative pumpkin decorating using tiny pumpkins attached to a larger pumpkin.

Creative pumpkin decorating using tiny pumpkins attached to a larger pumpkin.

Make your pumpkins stand out this Halloween by decorating yours in a fun and unique way. Your neighbors will be oohhing and aahhing over your awesome pumpkin creation.

Read below for pumpkin selecting tips and how to create mummy pumpkins, Franken pumpkins, alien pumpkins, no carve ideas, and more.

Pumpkin Selecting Tips and Ideas

  • Have an idea of how you are going to decorate it before you pick a pumpkin.
  • Find a pumpkin that has a shape that will work with your idea.   
  • Don’t be afraid to choose a color other than traditional orange.  Having a different colored pumpkin makes yours instantly stand out. 
  • Decorate a gourd instead of a pumpkin.
  • Look for details on pumpkins such as stems, leaves, and unusual patterns on the rind.  These can add to your design.  Last year I found a pumpkin that had crusty growths in a circular shape that made it look like the face had hair around it.
  • Decorate plastic pumpkins.  They are available at craft stores and can be used again and again and won’t rot away.

Mummy Pumpkin

Cute mummy pumpkin waiting to greet trick or treaters.

Cute mummy pumpkin waiting to greet trick or treaters.

Mummy Pumpkin

Dress your pumpkin in a Halloween costume by turning it into a mummy.   White pumpkins look ghostly and work best as mummies.  Other colors would be fine, though.  Find something to use as the body of the pumpkin.  Make sure it is sturdy enough to support the weight of your pumpkin.  I used a large vegetable can painted white.  An old crate or box painted white would work. 

Arms can be made from sticks or you can use pipe cleaners.  Glue google eyes on the pumpkin or draw your own eyes.  Then wrap the pumpkin and the pumpkin’s body in gauze.  Simple first aid gauze will work fine. 

For a spookier effect, use glow in the dark paint on the gauze.  For a gorier effect, use ketchup or paint to make the mummy look bloody.   

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Frankenstein Pumpkin

The shape of the pumpkin is important for making a Franken pumpkin. Choose one that is elongated rather than round. A green gourd in the right shape would work well as Frankenstein. Your pumpkin can be painted green to look like Frankenstein skin.

If you want Frankenstein to have a body, look for a box or can that has a clunky shape. Paint it black or brown to look like Frankenstein’s jacket. Pipe cleaners work for arms. Sticks look like arms also.  Draw a mouth on with a sharpie marker or with paint.

Get two big bolts attached to thick screws to stick near the base of the pumpkin. Any hardware store should carry them.

Use a knife to cut a scar on the top of the pumpkin’s head. Make it jagged and look like it was where the brain was inserted.  You can also paint a scar on by drawing a jagged line and putting small tick marks across it. 

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Alien Pumpkins

Pick a pumpkin that has an odd shape.  Glue googly eyes onto the pumpkin.  Give it just one eye or three eyes or one big eye and one little eye.  You can even use lots of tiny wiggle eyes.  Or you could use tiny pumpkins as alien eyes.  Attach them to the big pumpkin using shish kabob skewers.

Form antennae out of pipe cleaner and stick them in the top of the pumpkin.  Find other alien looking items that can be attached to your pumpkin.     

Fun Pumpkin Shapes

You can use cookie cutters to make fun shapes in your pumpkin.

You can use cookie cutters to make fun shapes in your pumpkin.

Deformed Pumpkin Specimen


More Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

  • Use cookie cutters to make fun shapes in the pumpkins. Stars work well. So do bats and other spooky creatures.
  • If you want a gross pumpkin, carve an open mouth and spread pumpkin seeds and pumpkin innards out of it to look like the pumpkin vomited it up.
  • Put wigs, hats, glasses, jewelry, or scarves on pumpkins to give them character.
  • Use smaller pumpkins as props. Attach them to a larger pumpkin using skewers or long nails.
  • Make eerie fog roll out of your pumpkin by putting a piece of dry ice in a cup of water inside the pumpkin. See link below for how to use dry ice.
  • Use flashing pumpkin lights in your pumpkin. It is safer and looks cool too.
  • Put colored glow sticks in your pumpkins instead of lights for a colorful look.
  • Painting pumpkins can be easier than carving. Paint your pumpkin black and draw a spider web on it. Or paint your pumpkin silver and gold and have a bling pumpkin. Paint a funny face on it.
  • You can also use glitter on the pumpkin for a sparkling look or use chalkboard paint and write on your pumpkin.
  • Find a deformed or creepy looking pumpkin and put it in a jar to look like a strange specimen from a mad science collection.

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Brianna W from East Coast on September 05, 2014:

Loving the cookie cutter idea! I think I just may try that one out this year. Thanks for the idea and awesome hub.

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on October 03, 2012:

Thanks everyone! Halloween will be here soon and it is tons on fun at my house. Hopefully this year will be great.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on August 21, 2012:

What a fantastic, beautiful hub! I love all your pumpkin ideas and your photos are very helpful. I bet you have LOTS of fun at your house around Halloween! Voted up and linked to this. :)

kiralyn W on October 28, 2011:

photos looks fun and creative!!!!!

love to try it!!! great job!!!!!!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on October 10, 2011:

Pumpkins are my specialty. Happy Halloween!

gryphin423 from Florida on October 10, 2011:

Great hub with an amazing amount of clever and fun ideas! Thanks for sharing :-)

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on October 03, 2011:

Wow. I'm pumpkin royalty now. Thanks!

Eileen Goodall from Buckinghamshire, England on October 03, 2011:

You are queen of the pumpkins, just love your ideas, thank you, voted up

Pudding Fairy from The Top Shelf of the Pantry on October 23, 2010:

Awesome hub! It's given me some great Ideas! Thanks! :)

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