The carved Jack O Lantern is a Halloween staple, so iconic that it is even the mascot for the Halloween film franchise. And while the simple triangle eyes and grinning mouth are a great starting point for novice carvers, there are many other options for decorating your pumpkin this October!
We’ve found 20 creative, inspiring and spooky seasonal ideas if you want to take your pumpkin decorating to the next level. Don’t forget to share your ghoulish gourds with us this Halloween.
Coat pumpkins in white or grey paint, before adding quirky geometric patterns
Ombre spider web painted pumpkins
Pay tribute to Netflix hit Stranger Things with this alphabet light up idea
Simple, minimal prints on black or white pumpkins have a striking look
Use up broken pieces of crayons to create a rainbow design
You can get this cool marble effect by drip painting a pumpkin
Modge podge and fall leaves are used on this rustic pumpkin
Paint your pumpkin to look like a giant piece of candy corn
Flock of bats
Decorate pumpkins with jewels and gems for a glittery look
Wrap your pumpkins in delicate gothic lace.
Use bright colorful paints and flowers for this Day of the Dead inspired owl
Turn small pumpkins into a flock of bats
Here’s a quick but creative idea for last minute pumpkins
Use glow paint for a neon effect
Create a small spooky scene to light up in the dark
Give pumpkins a mystic marble color
Turn your pumpkin into a gorgeous galaxy
Share your favourite spooky poems or quotes
Get gory with this slasher pumpkin