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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How Long Do Carved Pumpkins Last? Plus, How to Make Them Last Longer
You don't want a moldy, bug-infested Jack-o'-Lantern to be your scariest Halloween decoration.
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.
Pumpkin Tulipière
This spirited arrangement, which was inspired by tulipière vases, is enough to make your jack-o'-lanterns jealous.
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.

More Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

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.
Pirate Ship Pumpkin
Ahoy! And, trick or treat... if you dare. This brigantine-style boat is brimming with a pirate's treasure haul: pearly white gumballs and candy gold doubloons.

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.