5 pumpkin decorating ideas for kids

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It’s October and pumpkins are everywhere! One of my family’s favorite fall activities is a visit to the pumpkin patch. My children love to pick out interesting pumpkins—ones that are odd shaped, bumpy or a color different from the traditional bright orange. Instead of carving our quirky pumpkins, we like to decorate them in unique ways. We’ve found that carved pumpkins only last a few days before they begin to rot, but when we just decorate the outside, our pumpkins last for weeks!

Here are five fun no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas to try this Halloween.

  1. Paint. Painting a pumpkin can be fun for any age. Toddlers can use finger paint to create a colorful design on their pumpkin. Older kids can paint free hand or use stencils to create a Halloween design on their pumpkin. For a spooky shine at night, decorate your pumpkin with glow-in-the-dark paint.
  2. Melt. Create a colorful crayon drip art pumpkin by melting crayons over the pumpkin with a hairdryer. First, choose your crayon colors and remove the wrappers. Break the crayons in half and glue to the top of the pumpkin. Then, use a hairdryer on low to melt the crayons and watch the wax drip down the sides of the pumpkin. Allow the wax to dry and enjoy the colorful result!
  3. Wrap. Wrap a pumpkin in gauze and add some googly eyes for a cute pumpkin mummy.
  4. Glue. Glue pom-poms or colorful gems to your pumpkin for a polka-dot look. For a glitzy effect, use glue to create stripes or swirls on your pumpkin and sprinkle on some glitter.
  5. Dress up. Use masks, hats, glasses, beads or crowns to dress up your pumpkins. Use markers or paint to add funny faces.
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