The Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

The Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

The best pumpkin decorating ideas for kids! These are easy, fun and age appropriate for both younger and older children.

Updated September 2023

We just bought a bunch of pumpkins, unable to resist the new displays of them popping up everywhere.

So we now have a tableful of big pumpkins, little pumpkins, orange pumpkins, and white pumpkins. Even a few funny-looking knobby gourds!

And since we can’t just leave them alone, here are some of the best pumpkin decorating ideas for kids. Some of the ideas are from The Artful Parent, and some are awesome ideas from around the web.

And the best part: they are all ideas that kids can actually do!

Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

1. Pumpkin painting

We recommend acrylic paint or Biocolor paint from Colorations, but you could also try watering it down for a watercolor effect (on Paper & Stitch).

2. Add glitter!

Take pumpkin painting a step further and make glitter pumpkins (on HGTV) (Note: They used spray adhesive, but you can make this project little-kid friendly by using regular glue, Mod Podge, or paint.)

pumpkin pounding
Photo by Rachel Withers

3. Try pumpkin pounding

Try hammering golf tees or gold brads into a pumpkin. Kids love the chance to do some hammering and the effect is so cool!

4. Make ghost pumpkins

If you have white pumpkins, use a sharpie to make happy ghost pumpkins (on This Crafted Life).

The best pumpkin decorating ideas for kids

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painted pumpkins
Photo by Rachel Withers

5. Try squeeze painting

Use paint in squeeze bottles to make some beautiful drip art pumpkins (on The Imagination Tree).

6. Make a pumpkin collage

Turn your pumpkins into a 3D collage with feathers and buttons (on TinkerLab).

fairy house
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

7. Make a pumpkin fairy house!

Carve a pumpkin fairy house! This idea is perfect for all kids, but especially those who enjoy making fairy houses in gardens and backyards.

8. Tissue paper collage pumpkins

We love the way these tissue paper collage pumpkins look! (on Young House Love)

child applying stickers to pumpkin
Photo by Rachel Withers

9. Tape or sticker resist pumpkins

Use stickers to decorate your pumpkin! You can take it a step further by painting over the stickers, and then removing them for a paint resist effect.

10. Glow-in-the-dark pumpkins!

Try these glow-in-the-dark pumpkins for an extra fun Halloween night! (on Color Made Happy)


Want to make your decorated pumpkins last longer? Growing a Jeweled Rose shares some great tips for making carved pumpkins last.

Which are your favorite pumpkin decorating ideas for kids? Will you give one of these a try this year?

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Want even more Halloween fun?

Check out our Halloween Creativity Pack!

This 45-page printable eBook is full of seasonal coloring pages, drawing prompts, games, and art projects.

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10 Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

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