Halloween Pumpkin Ideas
This Halloween, turn a plain pumpkin into a spellbinding witch, glow-in-the-dark cat, googly-eyed zombie, hooting owl, or a traditional toothy-grinned jack-o-lantern. Learn techniques like etching, painting, decoupaging, or our own easy-to-follow carve-by-the-number approach.
A Fun, New Way to Carve Pumpkins: Easy Etched Leaf Patterns
Take a leaf out of our book and dress up your pumpkins with elegant etched designs. They may look fancy, but they’re actually basic watercolors brushed over linocut carvings. We love the contrast of the paints on white, but the patterns will look striking on any pumpkin you happen to pick.AdvertisementAdvertisementPost
The World's Smallest Pumpkin Patch Is Completely and Totally Adorable
The latest fall display at Legoland Windsor captures the spirit of Halloween with hundreds of miniature pumpkins.
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How to Carve a Pumpkin
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30 Days of Halloween Pumpkins
This year, treat your gang of goblins and ghosts to a jack-o'-lantern tricked out with creative carvings. Inspired by paint-by-numbers kits, our carve-by-color technique uses color-coded templates to show you how much and where to cut, shave, or scrape your pumpkin to create a jack-'o-lantern that looks richly textured, multitonal -- and terrifying in the best way possible.
Be sure to look for a pumpkin that fits your chosen template and is firm all over -- soft spots near the stem or base can indicate premature rot.
13 Cute Pumpkin IdeasHalloween -- with its spooks and scares -- isn't always for the faint of heart, especially if you have little boys and ghouls. For a happier holiday, make prickly porcupines, cuddly cats, and glittery gourds.
Pumpkin Projects for Kids
What kid doesn't love carving a pumpkin? It's enticingly messy and squishy, and it's a tradition that's been celebrated for centuries. But there's even more fun to be had: Here are some inventive ideas for pumpkins that kids will adore, whether you're using them to scare away Halloween ghosts or in a sweet treat.
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Pineapples are the Newest Jack-o'-Lantern Trend for Halloween
Plus, let us show you how to carve your own Hula-ween pineapple.Article
Happy Hula-ween! Here, we put a tropical twist on a Halloween tradition by carving a toothy grin into a pineapple instead of a pumpkin.Article
This metallic leaf design is made using an easy-peasy foiling technique. More sleek than spooky, these pumpkins will look at home on your front porch or dining table.Article
Spiderweb-Etched PumpkinsFor this creepy-crawly design, a spider’s lair is carved into a pumpkin with a gouge or linoleum cutter so the orange flesh glows through.Article
Metallic Copper-Leaf Pumpkins
These pumpkins are small and lumpy like gourds, which makes them perfect for autumnal arrangements that look stylish well past Halloween.Video
Martha's Favorite Ideas for a Halloween Party
Martha shares some of her favorite Halloween entertaining ideas from carving a pumpkin to creating a candy treasure chest.Article
In this "cheesy" project, a variety of drill bits create holes of different sizes. The result is a glowing, move-in-ready home for a family of skittering mice.Article
Place this ssslithering display in an entryway to scare the scales off of trick-or-treaters and dinner guests alike.Article
You can magically transform a pumpkin into your own Cinderella-inspired carriage faster than you can say, "Bibbidi bobbidi boo!"Article
These boo-tiful creations come with whirly-swirly designs. And no craft paint required — these are decorated with nail polish.Post
5 Tips for Picking a Pumpkin That Will Last Through October
One giveaway? Take a close look at the stem.Article
Confetti-Decorated Party Tray
It's all the fun of confetti — minus the mess! And it's all done in three simple steps.Article
Halloween Candy Bowl Pumpkin
This decorating idea has no tricks — just treats. Entice your visting ghouls and goblins (of all ages) to grab a handful of sweets from this carved candy display.Post
The Chicest of Pumpkin Decorating Ideas? Decoupaging It with Fabric!Can a pumpkin make a fashion statement? Absolutely, with the right pumpkin decorating ideas. This stylish transformation requires decoupaging your ordinary pumpkin with cool fabric and adorning it with a gorgeous braided stem wrap. Try this on for size!AdvertisementAdvertisementArticle
Embrace the quirks of nature for this project, inspired by plant roots and leaves. Pass over perfect-looking pumpkins and opt instead for those with cracks and unusual shading.