30+ Tips for Decorating Your Halloween Pumpkins
Set your pumpkins on fire with this cool pumpkin decorating idea. Mimic a bonfire by carving flames into pumpkins, then stacking them in the shape of a fire pit. Our free stencil makes this design easy.
an eye-catching outdoor display.
Let your outdoor Halloween decorations do the talking—literally. Metallic leaf and thumbtacks form letters on the pumpkins spelling out Boo. Stack pumpkins vertically or horizontally, and stick to short, spooky sayings like "boo" or "eek."
Ready for the simplest screams ever? Just attach a fake spider on a plain pumpkin. The black creepy-crawly stands out against the orange to spook visitors of all ages. For best results, choose a realistic-looking spider.
Chic Carriage Pumpkin
Re-create your favorite furry friend with the help of outdoor pumpkins and a few craft supplies. This pug-inspired pumpkin uses paint to define basic facial features. Gourds were tacked on for the ears and eyes. Experiment at a local garden store until you find the perfect combination of gourds to make your own faux Fido.
Whether you base them on favorite literary characters or your family, these cute pumpkin people are guaranteed to bring charm to your outdoor Halloween decorations. Use paint to draw on eyes and other facial details, then adorn with fuzzy fabric, yarn, or hats.
Black and White
Get ready to spook friends and family with these eerie pumpkins. Apply a bat or moon stencil, then paint all around it. Outline the shape with nails, then twist yarn in and around the nails to create a spiderweb effect.
Your little prince and princess will be charmed by these pumpkins straight from a fairy tale. Pick a color palette—like the white, gold, and rosy pink shown here—then paint an assortment of pumpkins in your chosen hues. Decorate with ribbons, tiaras, stencils, paint pens, and more.
Carve a monogram on pumpkins and place them on your front porch to welcome guests to your bewitching abode. Using a small, medium, and large pumpkin; carve the initials in different sizes and fonts. Layer the pumpkins on an old chair or stool to show off your handiwork.
Candy Corn Pumpkins
Place colorful no-carve candy corn pumpkins around your yard for fun Halloween outdoor decorations. Choose cone-shape pumpkins and clean their surfaces. Spray-paint the pumpkins to achieve the candy corn look.
Editor's Tip: Cover stems with painters tape to keep it clean.
Hanging Bat Pumpkins
Skip the carving and cast a spell by drawing bats on white pumpkins using a permanent marker. To hang, cut a length of thick jute and knot one end through a large washer. Drill a hole in the top and bottom of each pumpkin and use wire to pull the twine through the holes.
Batty Pumpkin Silhouettes
Let your creative side take flight with this easy DIY pumpkin project. Glue a flock of bats cut from black poster board across a painted-white gourd. Or opt for white bats on a black gourd. Graphic and giddy—your porch never looked this good.
Funny Pumpkin-Carving Project
Light Bright Pumpkins
Give your porch a ghostly glow with a trio of shining pumpkins. You can use any kind of pumpkin, but we like the different colors and sizes of the Lumina, Long Island Cheese, and Jarrahdale types. Hollow out each pumpkin, making sure to scrape the sides smooth. Use a drill and a small bit to create different patterns of holesjust large enough to accommodate the string lights. Finally, create a larger hole in the back so you can connect the cords to power.
Black Pumpkin Display
Grinning jack-o'-lantern faces will be all you'll see on Halloween night with this collection of carved outdoor pumpkins. Simply paint your jack-o'-lantern with black acrylic or spray paint before carving. Use painters tape around the stems to keep them paint-free.
Quotable Porch Pumpkins
Quotes are a popular trend this year, and the holidays are a fun time to employ the trick. To get the look of these wordy Halloween pumpkin decorations, paint your gourds with chalkboard paint and trace on your words using stencils. Remove the stencils, then fill in the letters with traditional white or colored chalk. Just don't forget to bring these delicate pumpkins in if it rains or else you risk runny rhymes.
Green Lantern Gourds
Illuminate your Halloween decor with pretty and unexpected luminarias made from large, smooth-skin gourds. Their green color lends a fresh look to the season’s harvest motif.
First, make a hole large enough for your hand, then scrape out the inside. Mark your favorite design on the skin. Using an awl, paring knife, or crafts knife with a V-shape blade, carve out your designs. (You also can use a power drill with different bits.) Finally, tuck a strand of lights inside to illuminate the night.
Tiered Fall Display
Fill a wire tiered plant stand on your porch to display your fresh fall finds, such as apples, foilage, pumpkins, and other gourds. Wooden bowls and vintage crocks add interest.
Stacked Pumpkin Message
Create welcoming Halloween pumpkin decorations for guests and trick-or-treaters this year. Pick three short, wide pumpkins for this front porch display. Print the free pattern onto transfer paper. Transfer one word per pumpkin, and use black acrylic or crafts paint to fill in the outline. Stack pumpkins on an urn laced with creepy vines or spooky spiderwebs.
Display a collection of various sizes and shapes of pumpkins for a beautiful outdoor Halloween decoration. Simply pile your gourds in a planter and place on your porch. If the planter is too large for your collection, fill with a block of florists foam to keep your pumpkins at the top.
Office Supply Pumpkins
Create your own gourd-geous no-carve pumpkins by incorporating two traditional office supplies: thumbtacks and a permanent marker. For one: Draw on a weblike chevron pattern in black permanent marker on a white-painted pumpkin. For the second: Push white thumbtacks into an orange pumpkin in the shape of a ghost. Black thumbtacks provide his eerie eyes and mouth.
What better way to welcome guests this fall than with a wheelbarrow filled with pumpkins and gourds? Use a paint pen to write a friendly greeting on one of the larger pumpkins. Choose a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes to make the display especially pretty.
Editor's Tip: Add a jack-o'-lantern to the pile to get ready for Halloween.