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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The Best Paints to Use When Decorating Pumpkins
From spray paints to acrylics, experts weigh in on the top tints to turn to for every Halloween gourd project.  
27 of Our Best Pumpkin Carving and Design Ideas
While you've likely perfected the toothy grin and triangular nose, odds are you haven't transformed your pumpkin into an owl or given it 3D googly eyes.
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.
How to Carve a Pumpkin Just Like Our Editors, a Step-by-Step Guide
Over the years, we've published hundreds of Halloween pumpkin ideas and have learned a thing or two about pumpkin carving along the way. Here are our expert tips.
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.
Picks of the Patch: Check Out Some of the Unique Pumpkin Varieties Grown at Washington's Gordon Skagit Farms
Tucked down a country road in the heart of Washington State's fertile Skagit Valley, Gordon Skagit Farms seems plucked from a storybook. Crates overflow with heirloom pumpkins in surreal colors, and sprawling displays showcase gorgeous gourds, warts and all. On an early-fall visit, we got to see the season's bounty up close—and learn about a family-run business on a serious roll.
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The 28 Best Painted Pumpkin Ideas From Our Editors
Once upon a fall day at our offices, a group of editors and staffers came together and hosted a pumpkin painting party—and the result is this colorful batch of pumpkins.
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.