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.

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Fabric Pumpkins

A novice sewer can easily stitch up this pumpkin patch, rendered in matte and lustrous linen, silk, and velvet. Set the sewn pumpkins among real ones (some natural-hued, others spray-painted) in a cool autumnal scene of spare branches and scattered leaves spray-painted silver.

31 of Our Best Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Ideas

Learn how to carve, paint, etch, or otherwise decorate a pumpkin using our templates and tutorials for inspiration.

The Best Painted Pumpkin Ideas from the "Martha Stewart Living" Staff

Polka dots, chalk lettering, geometric stencils, and familiar characters—there are 30 ways to decorate a pumpkin, and all you need is some paint to get started. Get inspired by handmade designs from the crafty minds at Martha Stewart Living.

10 Pumpkin Carving Tools for the Perfect Jack-o'-Lantern

For a pumpkin with panache—or a big, toothy grin—reach for the right tools and wield them wisely. You'll likely find some of these supplies in your kitchen drawer or tool kit; a trip to an art-supply, hardware, or housewares store will yield the rest.
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How to Carve a Pumpkin Just Like Our Editors

A memorable jack-o'-lantern starts with a great pumpkin and the right carving tools. Learn our editors' best insider tips and tricks for choosing and using the tools that will make for a truly magical display.

These Heirloom Pumpkin Arrangements Show the Wild Side of Autumn

Channel your inner artist by harvesting gourds, flora and fauna, and a few scary surprises.