Quick and Easy Painted Pumpkins

These aren't your classic carved Jack-O'-Lanterns. Check out our favorite painted pumpkins featuring the cute and the creepy. Plus, get our best tips for creating Halloween pumpkin decorations and displays.

Sugar Skull Pumpkins

Sugar skulls are known for their creative patterns, accented with bright colors. White skulls, painted on black painted pumpkins are a combination of spooky and fun. Choose bright accent colors to pop off of the black and white motif.

Chalk Paint Pumpkin

The key to the raised letters on this pumpkin is script written in hot glue. After the glue is dry, paint your pumpkin in black paint. The chalkboard paint is applied with a dry brush, from the bottom of the pumpkin. The dry brush technique  gives the pumpkin a rustic look. What Halloween words are you going to spell out on your Halloween pumpkin decorations?

Pattern Play

These black-and-white painted pumpkins are bold and beautiful. To create, simply mix patterns and word art incorporating one or two colors. Use a paint pen to get fine details and clean lines. Invite friends over to all create their own patterned creations. Get them started by having the base layer painted and dried before the guests arrive.

Galaxy Pumpkin

Your Halloween pumpkin decorations are going to be out of this world. This painted pumpkin starts with a plain black coat. Sponge brushed purple and blue hues give a galaxy vibe. "Flicks" of white paint (made with the bristles of a toothbrush) are stars.

Sports Pumpkins

Are you a football family? Or maybe baseball is more your thing? Let your friends and neighbors know with fun painted pumpkins. Turn regular, orange pumpkins into the ball for your favorite sport. Basketball fans have the easiest paint job.

Disco Pumpkin

Squares of silver paint shine on this disco-inspired pumpkin. Add even more sparkle by using sheets of silver leaf. Painting the silver paint in a grid pattern gives your Halloween pumpkin decoration the disco ball look. Place this disco ball pumpkin somewhere on your stoop that gets some fun lighting. Turn Halloween into disco night!

Constellation Pumpkin

Don't let the drill holes intimidate you, this pumpkin is easy to DIY. This Halloween pumpkin decoration starts like all painted pumpkins, with a coat of paint. A very fancy technique involving flicking paint-covered toothbrush creates stars. The lights on the inside of the pumpkin means that this can be Halloween decor indoors or out.

Nail Polish Painted Pumpkins

Swirls of shiny nail polish are a great way to decorate pint-sized painted pumpkins. No need to go out and buy any special supplies for these Halloween pumpkin decorations. Just sift through your beauty drawer. Nail polish, mixed with a little water, swirl beautifully on Halloween pumpkin decorations.

Buffalo Check Pumpkin

Who doesn't love a fall flannel? Don't leave your painted pumpkin out of the fun! An overlapping pattern, with different shades of black and gray is a chic take on plaid for your seasonal pumpkin decorations. This buffalo check pumpkin is Instagram ready, #fall!

"Gather" Pumpkin

Is your home the holiday hot spot? Invite your guests in with a painted pumpkin that welcomes them. This elegant invitation isn't necessarily a Halloween pumpkin decoration, but it is perfect for the entirety of fall. To make the decoration longer lasting, use a faux white pumpkin.

Donut Pumpkins

Pumpkin decorations so sweet that you'll want to eat! A ring of pastry-colored paint, with some sprinkles of paint make precious painted pumpkins. Maybe this year's Halloween decorations will be dessert themed? If white pumpkins are hard to find, just do a coat of white paint before your pastry pastels.

Unicorn Pumpkin

This precious painted pumpkin is not limited to being a Halloween pumpkin decoration; it is so cute you'll want to look at it beyond October 31. If you use a faux pumpkin and faux flowers, that can be the reality. A cute flower crown and an air clay horn are attached to the pumpkin with a hot glue gun. The rosy cheeks are painted with a round sponge brush.

Mood Ring Pumpkin

Who knew painted pumpkins could tell your mood? A coat of thermal paint (on top of a black coat) is the key to the changing hues. After your pumpkin is painted and dry, have your family take turns creating Halloween "paintings" on the pumpkin with their body temperatures

Black Cat and Bat Painted Pumpkins

A black cat and a bat: This duo of painted pumpkins is "spooktacular"! Spray-paint two pumpkins luscious matte black. Craft card stock features, and pin in place. We carved the cat and bat faces, but you can cut them from card stock, too.

Painted Patchwork

To create this pumpkin decoration, paint your pumpkin with latex primer and let dry. Then apply a base coat with cream-color latex paint and allow to dry. Mark off squares with masking tape, or download our free pattern below. Paint an overcoat of khaki-color latex paint; let dry. Remove tape to expose cream-color paint. It's an elegant painted pumpkin made easy!

Candy Corn Painted Pumpkins

Spray-painted pumpkins never looked so sweet! Too big to pop in your mouth, these candy corn-inspired painted pumpkins still look good enough to eat. Choose cone-shape pumpkins, and spray-paint with white and yellow to create these Halloween pumpkin decorations.

Ice Cream Pumpkins

Painted pumpkins are just the start to this Halloween pumpkin decoration. Colorful card stock (as sundae sprinkles) tops the painted pumpkin "ice cream" scoops. Ceramic (or plastic) ice cream cones can be found at dollar stores or crafts stores. With these painted pumpkins, you'll be the sweetest house on the block!

Black and White Stripes

Take your Halloween pumpkin decorating inspiration from a Halloween classic: Beetlejuice! The natural lines of the pumpkin serve as guides for your paintbrush. Hope you have a steady hand! If Halloween painting isn't your forte, painter's tape can help you get crisp lines.

Witches Shoes

Tall pumpkins set the stage for this soft-shoe scenario. All you need to keep in step are stencils for the painted pumpkins, black paint, ribbon, and shallow carving. If you love this Halloween pumpkin decorating idea but don't want to get any knives involved, use painter's tape and yellow paint for the witchy stockings.

Caterpillar Painted Pumpkins

These cute painted pumpkins go to great lengths to form a caterpillar. Paint pumpkins melon green, and paint their stems black. Decorate the body with adhesive-felt dots, and denote the head with a pair of googly eyes and curled pipe cleaner antennae. Arrange the pumpkins in a creepy, crawling S shape.

Princess Pumpkins

Painted pumpkins fit for a princess! If the goopy hands that result from a carving pumpkins aren't your style, maybe these princess Halloween pumpkin decorating ideas are for you. Pastel pink will pop of your doorstep. Letter stencils allow each princess to customize a message to her subjects (or neighbors).

Ring Round the Pumpkin

Less is more when you stencil a pretty pattern around the circumference of a pumpkin. Draw attention to the pattern by perching the painted pumpkin on a color-coordinated pedestal. Whether indoors or out, your chic Halloween pumpkin decorations will impress your guests.

Painted Owl Pumpkin

Do you find owls cool or creepy? Either way, they're perfect for Halloween pumpkin decorations. An owl on your doorstep is sure to add a dramatic flair to the haunting holiday. Perfectly round eyes, comprised of even smaller patterns are the key to a Halloween owl. Using a paint pen is the key to doing the designs by hand.

Pineapple Pumpkin

Overlapping wooden ovals (attached with hot glue) give your small pumpkin that pineapple pattern. Those are painted in a coat of yellow. Green construction paper makes the pineapple crown. How long until your family notices that the pineapple in the fruit bowl is actually a painted pumpkin?

Best Face Forward

This isn't a Jack-O'-Lantern. Give your painted pumpkin a different kind of face this year. Print a face profile, then cut it out. Trace around the cutout image with a pencil on your pumpkin. Paint the silhouette black, then spray the pumpkin with varnish to set the paint. Cut a length of black lace to encircle the silhouette, then pin it in place with pearl-head pins.

Editor's Tip: Create a patch of painted pumpkin faces, each one featuring a different member of your family.

Pumpkin People Stack

Channel your inner illustrator! Pumpkins, painted with fun faces are a stack of personalties. A paint pen is often easier to navigate than a paint brush. Yarn hair and flat caps add character to these Halloween pumpkin decorations. Use the accessories that match your family.

Miniature Bats Painted Pumpkins

Take miniature painted pumpkins to bewitching new heights with an aerial display. Paint bats on white pumpkins black paint, or try using a black permanent marker. Cut a length of thick jute and knot one end to a large washer. Tie a loop in the other end. Punch holes in the top and bottom of the pumpkin, and use wire to pull the twine through the holes. (The washer supports the pumpkin's weight, and the loop attaches to the shepherd's hook.)

Kid Creations

With paintbrush in hand, your kid will become a little Pumpkin Picasso. Make sure to put down a drop cloth or plastic table cover; this Halloween pumpkin decorating idea can get a little messy. Make sure that your kiddo has all of their favorite colors to create with. Who says that Halloween paintings have to be orange and black?

Pattern Play

Use paper doilies as pumpkin painting stencils to create intricate lace-like designs around the stem and base of your pumpkins. Sponge paint black through the doily. Group a trio of these gorgeous gourds on a tabletop for pretty pumpkin decorations.

Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece

Painted pumpkins aren't just for Halloween, they can be decor all fall long. For a stunning centerpiece, place each pumpkin on a cake stand, spelling out the season. Big, bold lettering will make the centerpiece the focal pint of your dining room.

Eyelash Painted Pumpkin

We see you! These painted pumpkins make decorative use of their Halloween message. The double-"o" is accented with a set of lashes to create inquisitive eyes. Letter stencils are available at most crafts stores.

Creepy Crow

Choose any number of eerie shapes to paint on your Halloween pumpkin decorations: think crow, black cat, bat, witch, or spider. Apply a coat of varnish after the paint dries to protect the pumpkin from the elements. Tufts of garden moss help keep the pumpkin stable on its birdbath perch.

Tiered Pastel Painted Pumpkins

Like any culinary confection, this tiered treat has all the right ingredients. For pumpkin-painting ideas fit for a princess, select two pumpkins and a Cinderella squash that stack easily. "Ice" the painted pumpkins and squash in pretty pastel hues, embellish with lacy trims and adhesive gems, and stack for a precious pumpkin decoration.

Friendly Halloween Cats

Create a litter of kittens with painted pumpkins. First, coat each pumpkin with matte-finish sealant to dull the waxy surface. To get the painted pumpkin faces, paint the pumpkins different colors, applying two or three coats of paint (let the paint dry between coats). Draw a nose, mouth, and whiskers on each pumpkin with a black felt-tip marker. For the eyes, draw eye-shape outlines and eyelashes using the marker. Paint the inside of the eyes white, let dry, then paint green irises outlined in black. Cut out ear shapes from crafts foam, and hot-glue them in place.

Cat and Mice Silhouettes

A game of cat mouse is the theme of these pumpkin decorations. Download our free templates, then trace the cat onto a large pumpkin and the mice onto three smaller pumpkins. Fill in the outlines with black paint, or use a paint pen for a quick and easy alternative. 

Plaids on Parade

Go mad for plaid! Painted pumpkins get a rustic update when you use a plaid pattern for your design. Alternate overlapping thick and thin stripes in two different colors to get the look. Painter's tape can help get crisp lines. Make sure the paint is dry before you peel the tape off.

Gold Pumpkin

Oooh! Shiny! Metallic painted pumpkins are guaranteed to be eye catching pumpkin decorations. Placed on a pedestal, this bold pumpkin decoration is perfect for a fall tablescape. If you spray paint faux pumpkins instead of real ones, they can last until your Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Non-Traditional Color Scheme

Don't be limited to black and orange for your Halloween pumpkin decorations. Pick a color scheme that's more your style. We went with blue and tan for a down-home country vibe that's homey and welcoming. Stripes, plaid, and buffalo check all can be done in any color you like.

Fall Foliage

For easy Halloween pumpkin decorating ideas that can span all the way to Thanksgiving, try a leaf motif. Find different types of leaves, trace the shapes onto the pumpkin, and paint. For even more unique decor, paint your leaves onto a pumpkin that isn't orange. Gourds come in all hues. What colors go with this year's fall decorating?

Indoor Decor

Pumpkins aren't just for the front step; bring your Halloween pumpkin decorations inside. Simple black adornments upgrade these from doorstep additions to indoor gourd decor. A steady hand and a paint pen make these simple designs easy to create.


Metallic paint creates standout Halloween pumpkin decorations. Different shapes and stencils create different vibes. Leaves are appropriate all fall long while creepy crows deliver Halloween spooks. To get the most realistic leaf shape, scoop up some leaves from the yard and trace them!

Carnival Pumpkin

Paintbrushes are overrated. Kids will love this Halloween pumpkin decorating idea that lets them get their hands dirty. The colorful dots on these cute painted pumpkins are made with fingerprints! 

Bowled Over

If you're looking for Halloween pumpkin decorating ideas, your dinnerware might just be the inspiration you need. Grab the paintbrushes and get crafty with these designs that use pumpkins as canvases. The simple graphic motifs, inspired by country decor, are a treat to display all autumn long.

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