No Carve Jack-O-Lantern Decorating: Alternatives to Carving Pumpkins

Pumpkin carving is a tradition in many homes for Halloween. Families gather around the dining table and carve spooky jack-o-lantern faces out of these large orange gourds. Though this tradition will never be replaced by alternate forms of decorating (tradition is tradition!), there are other ways to decorate your pumpkin if you try to try something new, are strapped for time, or just want less of a mess!

In today’s blog post, we’re going to share with you alternate ways to decorate your pumpkin other than the traditional form of pumpkin carving. Keep reading for ideas!

From At West End

We love this quick and easy way to decorate your pumpkin! Not only does this preserve your pumpkin for longer (no open tops!), you can always change it up if you get tired of this design.

From Das Cheap

Mr. Potato Head parts aren’t just for plastic potatoes! They also make great faces for your pumpkin! To easily insert the pieces into the pumpkin, score/puncture the hard exterior of the pumpkin with a sharp end of a pencil of where you want to place the pieces before you put the part in!

From Oriental Trading

Print cutouts of your favorite faces and glue it onto your pumpkin! There are also stickers available at the store for an even quicker project!


From EHow

Paint is one of the most flexible alternatives! Paint colors are endless and you can create any pattern you want–from small intricate designs to spooky jack-o-lantern faces. Not to mention, there are many finishes for paint: metallic, matte, and glitter (just to name a few). For outdoor pumpkins, choose a paint that is not water soluble so your design doesn’t wash off in the rain, or spray on a glossy coat when you’re done!

Do you know any other alternatives to no carve pumpkin decorating? Let us know in the comments below! We would love more ways to decorate our pumpkin!

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