ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Holidays and Celebrations»
  • Halloween

How to Decorate a Halloween Pumpkin

Updated on June 8, 2013

Decorative Pumpkin Display

Source

What is your favorite way to decorate your pumpkin?

See results

How to Pick out a Perfect Pumpkin

There are many ways to decorate a pumpkin. Pumpkins can be painted, carved and embellished by adding props and other materials like sequence, stickers, and faux spider webs.

To begin you need to find the perfect pumpkin to decorate. You can go to the grocery store, craft store, pumpkin patch or a pumpkin farm to find your pumpkin. Many farms will allow you to choose a pumpkin directly from the vine in the pumpkin field.

There are several pumpkin types to choose from. Most farmers and people who work in the produce section will be able to help you find the pumpkins that are good for decoration and the ones that are good for cooking and making pie.

For carving and decorating the Jack-O-Lantern and Lumina pumpkins are a good choice. They are larger with stiff walls and hollow cavities when the seeds are scooped out.

Here is what to look for when choosing a good quality pumpkin.

Size: Choose a pumpkin that is the ideal size you would like to decorate. Some people like tall think pumpkins, while other’s like short and round pumpkins. Children may like to pick smaller pumpkins because it fits better in their hands.

Color: Choose a pumpkin that has consistent coloring throughout and no brown or black spots indicating rotting.

Touch: Turn your of pumpkin over, opposite of the stem. Push on the bottom, if it flexes than your pumpkin is not fresh.

Sight: Look for cuts or open scraps. These abrasions will spoil your pumpkin early. So would soft spots and mold.

Children Painting Pumpkins

Source

Painted Pumpkins

Source

How to Paint a Pumpkin

A painted pumpkin can last much longer than a Jack-O-Lantern sometimes they can last for months so you can enjoy them at Thanksgiving. Painting pumpkins are a great way to have toddlers and children involved because it does not require any knives or sharp objects.

Step One: Put newspapers down or find a spot you can get messy with your pumpkin.

Step Two: Use towel wet with soap and water and clean your pumpkin.

Step Three: Draw the design or face you would like to paint on your pumpkin. (You can skip this step and just begin to paint if you want to.)

Step Four: Paint your pumpkin using acrylic paints.

Step Five: Have several size brushes available. Smaller brushes would be used for detail work like eyes, while larger brushes are better used for painting larger areas like a base coat.

Step Six: Let your pumpkin completely dry.

Step Seven: Use a light coat of acrylic gloss spray or paint clear acrylic gloss over the entire pumpkin. This gives a gloss finish and helps protect the painted areas.

How to Use Colored Melted Crayons to Decorate Your Pumpkin

Using a Template to Carve a Pumpkin

Source

Pumpkin Carving Tools Recomendation

Messermeister Pumpkin Meister Carving Kit
Messermeister Pumpkin Meister Carving Kit

Using strong tools like Messermeister Pumpkin Meister Carving Kit will make carving so much easier and safer.

 

Jack-O-Lanterns at Night

Source

How to Carve a Pumpkin

Step One: Put newspapers down or find a spot you can get messy with your pumpkin.

Step Two: Use towel wet with soap and water and clean your pumpkin.

Step Three: Use a pencil and draw your face or design. At the same time you draw your face, also draw the outline for the lid.

Step Four: Cut a hole around the stem of the pumpkin to make a lid. It is recommended you use an up and down sawing motion and cut the lid at a 45° angle slanting inward.

Step Five: Pull the lid off and clean the seeds and pulp inside of the pumpkin with a large tablespoon or an ice cream. Scrape the sides, bottom and lid firmly so they are clean. Put seeds and pulp into a trash can or bowel near by. The seeds can be saved for toasting later.

Step Six: Carefully cut out your design. You can also use a drill.

Step Seven: Coat the holes with petroleum jelly or vegetable oil of your Jack-O-Lantern to help your pumpkin last longer.

Step Eight: Add a small tea light candle to the bottom of your pumpkin and light it.

Step Nine: Put the lid back on.

Step Ten: Display your pumpkin. The Hack-O-Latern will last longer if it is not in direct sunlight during the day.

Video on How To Carve a Pumpkin

Pumpkin with a Hang Over

Source

Baseball Pumpkin Design

Source

How to Use Props to Embellish your Pumpkin

You can become very creative and use found objects and other embellishments to decorate your pumpkin. Here are some suggested props to add to your painted pumpkin or Jack-O-Lantern.

  • Hats
  • Feathers
  • Beads
  • Sequence
  • Ribbon
  • Yarn
  • Gourds
  • Raffia
  • Cotton Balls
  • Faux Spiders

Use a non-toxic craft glue like Aleene's or hot glue to attach your props to your pumpkin.


© Copyright Carly Sullens 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • CarlySullens profile image
      Author

      CarlySullens 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Ceres, thank you for reading and taking the time to comment, I appreciate your support.

    • CarlySullens profile image
      Author

      CarlySullens 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I like painted pumpkins too. Becuase living in Florida, a Jack-O-Lantaren usually can only survive 12 hours. Painted pumpkins can last for weeks.

    • CarlySullens profile image
      Author

      CarlySullens 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      pinto2011, I am glad the ideas will help with the fall harvest celebration s you do.

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 5 years ago

      Great hub that's really detailed and with lots of good pictures. This is especially useful for those who love to decorate pumpkins for Halloween.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      So many artistic folk on HP. The pumpkin faces are awesome, but I like the pumpkins that are just painted. Never really paid attention to that until now. Thank you!

    • pinto2011 profile image

      Subhas 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      We do not celebrate Halloween in India but with your fantastic idea of decorating a pumpkin will help me celebrate some local festival we celebrate here. Thumbs up!

    • CarlySullens profile image
      Author

      CarlySullens 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I love Halloween too! Pumpkins are my favorite! Thank you NornsMercy!

    • NornsMercy profile image

      Chace 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I LOVE Halloween and anything Halloween-related! This hub is awesome. I can't wait til Halloween now! Only six months........ :')

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)