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Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Celebrate Harvest
Someone's porch decorated for Halloween.

Try this easy no-carve pumpkin decorating idea with seasonal annuals and gourds. Create a bountiful harvest display with full-sized or mini pumpkins arranged with other harvest vegetables such as gourds, flowering kale, cabbage, Indian corn and flowers like pansies and mums.

Pumpkin Planter
A pumpkin being used as a planter.

If you like the colorful pairing of pumpkins and fall flowers, take it one step further and use the pumpkin as a planter! It makes for a festive pumpkin decor that's perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Painted Pumpkins
Pumpkins painted different colors.

Ditch the tools and get your jack-o'-lantern in the Halloween spirit without any slicing or dicing. Painted pumpkins are an easy way to create stylish pumpkin decor. Use shiny gold, white or black spray paint to make stand-out centerpieces. For an added touch, use push-pins to create any design you choose. Try using chalkboard paint to write your own welcome messages for trick or treaters.

Foam Pumpkins
A display of artificial Halloween decor.

If you love the look of carved pumpkins but dislike the mess that accompanies them, try a carvable foam pumpkin. Foam pumpkins are easy to carve but without the mess. They are hollow on the inside and perfect for holding LED candles.

Pumpkin Decorating Kits
A carved pumpkin.

For the true Halloween carving masters, using pumpkin carving kits allows you to sculpt limitless designs into your pumpkin with precision.

Ghostly Glow
A glowing jack-o'-lantern.

Preserve the haunting glow of your pumpkin this Halloween by lightly coating the inside of the pumpkin and any carved areas with petroleum jelly.

Plastic Pumpkins
Pumpkins with lady bugs painted on them.

Unlike foam pumpkins, plastic pumpkins are not carvable. But, that doesn't mean you can't get creative with them. Plastic pumpkins are perfect for making painted pumpkins. Draw silly or scary faces or add an abstract design—the sky's the limit when it comes to no-carve pumpkin decorating!

Silly Face Pumpkin
Pumpkin with a silly face.

Pumpkins are the most popular winter squash when it comes to decorating, but you can use any type of winter squash or gourds for no-carve pumpkin decor. Pick out various shapes, textures and sizes. Use black cardboard or craft foam to make silly faces, add ears and hands—the options are endless.

More No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas
White pumpkins decorated as unicorns.

Let your imagination soar when it comes to no-carve pumpkin decorating. Embellish fresh pumpkins or foam pumpkins with lace and ribbons, give them a pop of color by melting crayons on them, or give it a flower tiara and horn to transform it into a unicorn. 

Halloween is the perfect time to add pumpkin decor to your space. Try one of these festive pumpkin decorating ideas to create a one-of-a-kind pumpkin. Shop The Home Depot for fall decor and everything you need to create creatively spooky pumpkins for your home this Halloween.