By Jennie Lennick

Painting Pumpkins for Halloween

Painting pumpkins are a great alternative to traditional carved jack-o-lanterns.

Painted Pumpkins Vs. Carved Pumpkins: 

  • Painted pumpkins stay fresh longer. No need to worry about your carved pumpkin molding 
  • They are unique. Your fun and colorful pumpkins will stand out on our porch! 
  • Painting is a safe craft for all ages. Since you aren’t carving, you don’t need to use knives, making this activity perfect for even the youngest artists. 

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how I painted a cute pumpkin goul! It was so fun and easy. I can’t wait to make a bunch for my porch!



Gather Your Materials

Go Shop For Pumpkins!

I typically go for small cute pumpkins that are quick and easy to paint. If the easy way out is not your jam, get a giant pumpkin! Heck, get some decorative gourds! You can paint anything in the pumpkin/gourd family with great results!

Paint the Entire Surface of Your Pumpkin... If You Want.

I like white pumpkins because they absorb acrylic paint well, and the colors are rich. However, you can just leave the surface of the pumpkin its natural color if you’d like. It’s totally up to you!  

If you choose to paint the surface, wait for the paint to dry before adding more layers.

Add Some Googly Eyes!

No one has ever said no to googly eyes! I like these with adhesive backs, but feel free to just get the classic glue on eyes.

Paint a Scary or Cute Face on Your Pumpkin

I’m going for scary cute here. Use a thin paintbrush to apply your facial features carefully. Take your time! If you make a mistake, you can always paint over it.

Decorate Your Haunted Home!

Ah! I love my spooky pumpkin! My favorite part is that it will last for weeks and not get moldy!  

 Want more spooky DIYS?  

What are your favorite Halloween crafts? Let us know in the comments below! 

 Spooky Halloween!


Designer, entrepreneur, and lover of crafts! Boss Lady at Jenny Lemons in San Francisco


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