From scary movie marathons to funny costumes, there's a lot to love about Halloween. And carving pumpkins is probably the most fun seasonal activity that also has lasting payoff since the end result can double as decor. But carving pumpkins isn't the only way to dress up a gourd for Halloween. Mix up your traditional designs with these super fun pumpkin decorating ideas.
A confetti pumpkin = instant party.
Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life.
Put down the knife. Instead of carving your pumpkin, turn it into a vase and use it as a centerpiece. Get the tutorial from Sugar & Cloth.
Who knew Halloween could be so sentimental? This collage pumpkin is adorable.
These gilded pumpkins are moody and fun. Plus, they let you get a little messy. Get the tutorial from The Navage Patch.
These friendly little ghost pumpkins are adorable and easy tot make. Get the tutorial from The Crafted Life.
Recreate the perfect night sky with a black painted pumpkin and a handful of gold and silver star stickers. Get the tutorial from The House That Lars Built.
Never not thinking about food. Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.
These sequined pumpkins do all the talking for you (and there's not as much of a mess to clean up after). Get the tutorial from The Crafted Life.
Take your fave china pattern to your pumpkins—use a stencil and paint marker to recreate every detail. Get the tutorial at Craftberry Bush.
Meet pumpkins so chic, you'll want to display them year-round. Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.
For a Halloween dinner party, get creative with your name cards.These pretty painted pumpkins and pumpkin vases were created by Tell, Love, & Party. See how she made them here.
After coating your gourd in a new bright hue, add some texture with fresh blooms. Full-petaled favorites like chrysanthemums, dahlias, and ranunculus are your best bet. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.
These pumpkins are all the glam, none of the gore. Get the tutorial at Sugar & Cloth.
Give your pumpkins a personality-packed face. Get the tutorial from The Crafted Life.
Make mini gourds look good enough to eat by painting on some vanilla, chocolate and strawberry frosting—complete with rainbow sprinkles, obviously. Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.
An all-white pumpkin can be easily made glam with some polka dots and fresh, seasonal florals. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.
Cheesy puns aren't just for Valentine's Day cards. These cheeky messages will win over even the grimmest trick-or-treater. Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.
Vibrant décor chalk paint and stencils yield some pretty groovy pumpkins. Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.
Spell out spooky messages by painting over stickers and then peeling them away. Get the tutorial at Woman's Day.
Instead of painting on your design, try going around it with the help of stencils. Get the tutorial at Woman's Day.
Don't worry about taping off neat lines. A jagged horizon can set the stage for a spooky swarm. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.
For a super chic Halloween display, skip the orange and opt for white pumpkins. Use the free template to trace this bug specimen or sketch out a creepy silhouette of your own. Get the tutorial at Country Living.
These intricate motifs are less painstaking than they look. Use stencils for neater (and faster) painting, right down to the fine lines. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.
Write out a new spooky message every day thanks to a versatile coat of chalkboard paint. Get the tutorial at Country Living.
Strategically scratch off a coat of spray paint to reverse the classic color combination. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.
Here's some motivation to finally declutter your bookshelf. A floor-to-ceiling display definitely wows more than a pile of old paperbacks. Get the tutorial at Country Living.
As a seasonal alternative, display your house number on a pumpkin and place it outside your front door. Get the tutorial at Country Living.
Give your pumpkins a ghastly look by dressing them in lace. It eerily mimics a spider web in an unexpected way. Get the tutorial at Country Living.
Get a textured finish courtesy of trendy chalk paint. These mini pumpkins can do double duty at a Thanksgiving table, too. Get the tutorial at The Casual Craftlete.
These cacti pumpkins are there for you when you're missing summer hard. Get the tutorial at Aww, Sam.