5 Fun and Unique Pumpkin Decorating Ideas!

I think it’s safe to say that Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. There are so many fun happenings and traditions to take part in! I love decorating the front porch, making costumes, visiting spooky villages, baking all the autumn treats, and, of course, pumpkin decorating!

Usually, I’m a bit of a traditionalist. I almost always go with your standard carved jack-o-lantern face. I might mix it up with one angry/spooky face, one grinning, and one looking frightened. But that’s about as far as the variety goes for me.

But now that I have a little guy, I needed to get out of the box a little bit. Mostly because I want him to be able to participate in the pumpkin decorating aspect of the process. Don’t get me wrong; he’s totally game to reach in and grab out handfuls of pumpkin guts. But decorating the pumpkin is really what it’s all about!

And unfortunately, there’s really no way to involve him in carving a face (as much as he tries to convince me that he’s completely capable with his four years of experience in handling a knife). So, this year I had to get a little creative and try to come up with some new methods of pumpkin decorating, primarily that don’t involve carving.

Want to see what we came up with? Here are 5 unique pumpkin decorating ideas to try this year!

1. Drilled hole designs.

Pumpkins in the dark with holes drilled in them- pumpkin decorating ideas

This is the pumpkin decorating idea we went for this year with our three-year-old. He already loves using tools, so we knew he’d enjoy using the power drill to create holes in his pumpkin. Not to mention it’s something he can easily do (with only a slight bit of assistance) and the end result is really snazzy!

We kind of just went crazy and drilled random holes all over. But if you wanted to get fancy, you could try drilling some dots on your pumpkin in different patterns, shapes, or even constellations. You can also change up the size of the drill bit so that you have a variety of hole sizes!

For some ideas of different hole patterns you could make, check out this tutorial!

2. Pumpkin fairy house.

pumpkin fairy house- pumpkin decorating ideas

This is by far one of the coolest pumpkin decorating ideas that I discovered! It also looks like it’s probably the most time consuming, but how fun would this be to try with kids who are a little bit older!?

Even the younger ones who might not have to patience to stick with the entire decorating process of this one would probably still be delighted by the results! In fact, they’ll probably end up playing with it in the weeks leading up to Halloween!

For some more ideas on how to create a pumpkin fairy house, check out this blog post.

3. Monster Face Pumpkins.

small white pumpkins decorated as silly monsters- pumpkin decorating ideas

I’m pretty sure any young kids would be delighted with this pumpkin decorating idea. (I know I was!) I mean seriously…how adorable are these goofy little things? I love the idea of using moss to decorate! And you can’t really go wrong with googly eyes.

Check here for the full tutorial on how to make these fun little monster pumpkins!

4. Nature pumpkins.


This might be one of the most unique pumpkin decorating ideas I’ve ever seen! I love that to make this pumpkin, you and the kids get to go out and collect all the fun autumn nature things! And the results are super adorable. (Although I’m sure you could make them spooky as well, if that’s your cup of tea.) Here’s how to make these!

5. Pressed nature pumpkins.


This pumpkin decorating idea is so beautiful with all of the pressed nature pieces! It’s a great nontraditional idea if you’re in the mood for something a little different this year. All you need is some foliage and modge podge. This simple tutorial will show you how.


Have you decorated your pumpkin yet this year? Hopefully now you’ve got some unique ideas to try out with the kids! These ideas are especially great if you’ve got really young kids and need some no-carve ideas so that they can still be involved in the pumpkin decorating festivities! Happy decorating!

If you’re looking for more fun fall ideas, check out these nature potions or our fall bucket list!

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