While you can always take the traditional route (picking pumpkins at a patch and displaying them on your front porch), why not spice things up with one of these anything-but-ordinary pumpkin decorating ideas?
Sure, you can stick with the old-school method of carving real pumpkins. But if you want to enjoy your handiwork year after year, then paint and decorate faux pumpkins instead. They’re the perfect surface for paint, and you can easily attach eye-catching materials including glitter foam, gold leaf and even dried flowers.
It's your call: Opt for a standalone pumpkin, pick a few different designs or create a whole scene to really make your porch shine. No matter what you go with, all of these ideas are relatively quick and easy to execute. In fact, some are even simple — and safe — enough for your little monsters to make from start to finish.
If you're feeling crafty this spooky season, look no further than these creative pumpkin decorating ideas, ranging from striking geometric statements to carved gourds that double as flower vases.
Monstera leaf pumpkin
This one goes out to the plant lovers out there! These monstera leaf pumpkins are cute, fresh and will add some unexpected pops of color to your front porch.
Neon sign pumpkin
Using neon LED wire, you can make over a basic black pumpkin into a real conversation starter. You won't be able to miss it!
Marbled indigo pumpkin
Here’s a tip: you don’t have to use Halloween colors to craft your pumpkin. You can actually go with a very stylish palette of indigo and white to make these marbled beauties.
Vintage trailer pumpkin
Cinderella would definitely approve of this vintage trailer pumpkin! It's guaranteed to catch everyone's eyes.
Cricut machines come in handy for a lot of crafting projects, and this sprinkled pumpkin is no exception. It’ll take less than 15 minutes to make!
Colorful painted pumpkin
Group some of these hand-painted pumpkins together for instant charm. In kaleidoscopic hues, they’ll inspire instant joy among everyone in your neighborhood.
Glitter, Mod Podge and acrylic paint will make your pumpkins shine — literally.
Classic painted pumpkin
For a bit more of a subtle look, paint pumpkins in a variety of neutral shades. Add bats, moons and other spooky staples in a darker hue to stay on theme.
Gold leaf pumpkin
Golden leaves are the perfect accent on an otherwise all-white pumpkin.
Mid-century geometric pumpkin
Pick out the brightest acrylic paint shades you can find to give pumpkins a mid-century makeover. The geometric details look oh-so-stylish, making them something that Betty Draper just might display.
Carved owl pumpkin
If you’re a pumpkin purist and would rather carve than paint, you’ll think this tutorial is a real hoot. Chisel away to create this owl pumpkin, which can nest comfortably on your porch.
Not a fan of the spooks and scares that the holiday brings? Then go with this super-sweet carved pumpkin, complete with dramatic eyelashes.
Crescent moon pumpkin
To make a pumpkin that’s equal parts dramatic and stylish, get out the black paint and white faux florals. The crescent moon design makes it Halloween-ready.
Neon stem pumpkin
Who says that pumpkins have to be orange? In this case, they’re white with gold splatters, topped off with fluorescent stem.
Lean into your country roots by putting a few gingham pumpkins on your porch. Opt for brighter hues, like bold yellows, teals and pinks, for modern flair.
Even though these painted pumpkins look complicated to make, they can actually be crafted in a flash. All you have to do is grab a black or white faux pumpkin and dip your brush in white or metallic paint to make the cool brushstrokes. Easy-peasy!
Black floral pumpkin
To go (ever so slightly) toward the dark side this Halloween, pair black faux florals with a white pumpkin for a moody look.
Cute face pumpkin
The good news: You don’t have to be Picasso to paint these faces on your pumpkins! This tutorial will show you how, taking all your gourds from ho-hum to fabulous.
Have a space-obsessed kid in your family? They’ll get a thrill out of seeing this galaxy pumpkin on your front porch, constellations and all.
Geometric glitter pumpkin
For this project, you’ll simply paint your pumpkin a bright color, glitter up the stem and attach foam glitter stickers. Your littlest ones can even join in on the fun for this one.
Preserved flower pumpkin
These stunning pumpkins prove that Halloween can be incredibly chic. Just adhere some dried florals to your pumpkins, and voila!
Painted fingerprint pumpkin
Let your kids turn their thumbprints into ghosts, eyeballs, skulls and other Halloween favorites.
Mini playhouse pumpkin
Transform a white snowball pumpkin into a teeny-tiny playhouse with some craft paint. Cut out a door and window, then light a tealight for a subtle glow.
Pop art pumpkin
Did Roy Lichtenstein make these pumpkins? Make a few masterpieces of your own by following this tutorial.
Bring the color to your front stoop. It's simple, really: Just get out all the paint colors you have and keep painting until you run out of pumpkins.
Floral vase pumpkin
As it turns out, pumpkins make great flower vases. Push the flower theme even further by covering the pumpkin in floral paper.
Lightbox quote pumpkin
Vellum paper and a battery-operated candle make it look as if your pumpkin has turned into a lightbox. Be sure to come up with a short quote or phrase fit for the holiday.
Painted rainbow pumpkin
Colorful rainbows make these pumpkins guaranteed happiness boosters. You don't need to stick to the traditional rainbow color scheme — mix in pastels, neons and darker hues for a welcome surprise.
Gold leaf pumpkin
Gold leaf is surprisingly easy to apply, and faux pumpkins have a surface that’s ideal for it. The bright colors make the gold stand out even more.
Abstract art pumpkin
Fancy yourself an amateur artist? Then add some creative flair to your Halloween pumpkins.
Glass bead pumpkin
A power drill and glass beads come together to make some of the most unique pumpkins we’ve ever seen. The candle will shine through the beads, making it just as pretty in daylight as it is at night.
Aztec patterned pumpkin
Yes, you can cover your pumpkins in fabric to punch them up, and this step-by-step will show you how.
Iridescent marbled pumpkin
Iridescent marbling is certainly a beautiful effect, and you can take it to your mini pumpkins. Put the pumpkins in a bowl or tall glass vase to really show them off.
Stitched foam pumpkin
Those foam pumpkins from the craft store can be easily stitched. Now that’s something you can’t do with real pumpkins!
If you can’t get enough of your beloved Pyrex dishes, apply one of the brand’s beloved designs to your own pumpkin.