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Nine Steps to Decorating a Pumpkin For Halloween Family Fun

Updated on November 5, 2013

Halloween Family Fun Decorating Pumpkins

What fun things do you like to do for Halloween? Do you decorate your house? Do you host or attend costume parties? Do you still go trick-or-treating or do you chaperone your children? Are you the keeper of house to hand out the candy to the other little goblins?

I have always enjoyed Halloween. Every age brought its different stages. One stage that never gets outgrown is decorating pumpkins.

There are lots of ways to accomplish this and I will be covering some of those here to help you. Carving, drawing, painting, stencils.......you don't have to be creative, you just have to want to do it.

So read on and find some different and interesting ways that you can showcase a pumpkin at your house so no one calls you a 'Scrooge'. Oops, wrong season but you get my meaning.

I hope you enjoy!!

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Pumpkin Decorating Options

If carving pumpkins isn't your cup of tea then do not fear we have options.

You can paint pumpkins, stencil pumpkins, draw on pumpkins, make vases with pumpkins or just use a variety of shapes, sizes and colors and let your beautiful pumpkins stand on their own.

Here are a few examples.

HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN

DOOR DECOR

Music to Carve Pumpkins By - Fun for the kids

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pumpkin vasepumpkin decor for holding candystenciled painted pumpkinspainted pumkins free handpumpkins in a variety of size, shape and colors
pumpkin vase
pumpkin vase
pumpkin decor for holding candy
pumpkin decor for holding candy
stenciled painted pumpkins
stenciled painted pumpkins
painted pumkins free hand
painted pumkins free hand
pumpkins in a variety of size, shape and colors
pumpkins in a variety of size, shape and colors

Carving Pumpkins - fun for the kids

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pumpkin

If carving pumpkins with your tikes is you cup of tea here is a simple picture diagram and explanation of the process.

My daughter, at the age of 7 will demonstrate carving a pumpkin in the following pictures.

It's really great fun for the kids. Kids love using their hands and especially the 'hands-on' projects. Being able to get their hands all slimmed up with pumpkin guts and feeling accomplished after the job is done brings many smiles.

Your children will be asking you 'when are we going to decorate the pumpkins, Mom?" as often as "When are we putting up the Christmas Tree?"

It's too much fun and great memories to add to your personalized albums.

Have fun with this as soon and as often as you can. You won't regret it, I promise.

HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN

CARVING

IDEAS

9 Steps to Carving a Pumpkin - Simple enough a child can do it

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STEP 1  Start with a written plan:  I always encourage my children to put their ideas on paper before starting a project.  This way they can see their ideas in life and make sure they will get close to the end result that they envisioned.STEP 2  Clean your surface, create opening in top of pumpkin large enough for your hand and clean out interior of pumpkin.  Be sure to cut the top whole at an angle so the top will not fall back through.   Using a metal spoon to help scrape out the iSTEP 3  Draw your image onto the pumpkin with a permanent marker, this will create your cutting lines and help with proportion of face parts.STEP 4  Use the proper tool.  Notice the dull point and large ridges on this carving knife.  This tool is specifically intended for carving pumpkins safe enough for a child.STEP 5  Start in the middle of a line to begin your carving.STEP 6  Continue carving.STEP 7  Remove cut partsSTEP 8  Once all parts have been cut and removed place a candle in the inside bottom and replace lid.  If you are using a candle stick, to help the candle stand up right light the candle and drip some wax on the bottom of the pumpkin and place the caSTEP 9:  Enjoy the creativity of your child and share in the joy of their pride in a job well done!
STEP 1  Start with a written plan:  I always encourage my children to put their ideas on paper before starting a project.  This way they can see their ideas in life and make sure they will get close to the end result that they envisioned.
STEP 1 Start with a written plan: I always encourage my children to put their ideas on paper before starting a project. This way they can see their ideas in life and make sure they will get close to the end result that they envisioned.
STEP 2  Clean your surface, create opening in top of pumpkin large enough for your hand and clean out interior of pumpkin.  Be sure to cut the top whole at an angle so the top will not fall back through.   Using a metal spoon to help scrape out the i
STEP 2 Clean your surface, create opening in top of pumpkin large enough for your hand and clean out interior of pumpkin. Be sure to cut the top whole at an angle so the top will not fall back through. Using a metal spoon to help scrape out the i
STEP 3  Draw your image onto the pumpkin with a permanent marker, this will create your cutting lines and help with proportion of face parts.
STEP 3 Draw your image onto the pumpkin with a permanent marker, this will create your cutting lines and help with proportion of face parts.
STEP 4  Use the proper tool.  Notice the dull point and large ridges on this carving knife.  This tool is specifically intended for carving pumpkins safe enough for a child.
STEP 4 Use the proper tool. Notice the dull point and large ridges on this carving knife. This tool is specifically intended for carving pumpkins safe enough for a child.
STEP 5  Start in the middle of a line to begin your carving.
STEP 5 Start in the middle of a line to begin your carving.
STEP 6  Continue carving.
STEP 6 Continue carving.
STEP 7  Remove cut parts
STEP 7 Remove cut parts
STEP 8  Once all parts have been cut and removed place a candle in the inside bottom and replace lid.  If you are using a candle stick, to help the candle stand up right light the candle and drip some wax on the bottom of the pumpkin and place the ca
STEP 8 Once all parts have been cut and removed place a candle in the inside bottom and replace lid. If you are using a candle stick, to help the candle stand up right light the candle and drip some wax on the bottom of the pumpkin and place the ca
STEP 9:  Enjoy the creativity of your child and share in the joy of their pride in a job well done!
STEP 9: Enjoy the creativity of your child and share in the joy of their pride in a job well done!

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN

CHARLIE BROWN!!

Great Pumpkin Carving Music - fun for the kids

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PUMPKIN

STENCILS

Tools for the Well Seasoned Pumpkin Decorators

Dremel 764-04 Pumpkin Carving Rotary Tool includes 10 Templates
Dremel 764-04 Pumpkin Carving Rotary Tool includes 10 Templates

This handy tool makes carving fun, easy and speeds the process. using this Dremel tool you can actual etch the pumpkin vs. full carving. Create neat effects with little effort.

 

For the Wanna Decorate with Pumpkins - but just don't have the time.

Pumpkin Window Magic Decorating Kit 2ct
Pumpkin Window Magic Decorating Kit 2ct

If quick and easy decorating is all you have time for then this is a nice alternative for you and will create a huge effect.

 

How Do You Like to Decorate Your Pumpkins

Everyone has a different way of doing things. How boring would it be if we were all the same. Take the poll below and share with us what method you prefer.

What's Your Favorite Way to Decorate Halloween Pumpkins?

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HALLOWEEN PARTY

PUMPKIN GAMES

FOR THE KIDS

We'll Leave the Light on

We'll Leave the Light on
We'll Leave the Light on

Share you ideas of how you decorate with pumpkins or just let us know you have been by to visit.

You're always welcome. We'll leave the pumpkin lit.

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    • rainbowruffles profile image

      rainbowruffles 6 years ago

      Very cute! I enjoyed your lens!

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      My niece and her dad just carved up a Minnie Mouse pumpkin.

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; pumpkin carving time is coming soon.

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      ideadesigns 7 years ago

      Great carving ideas! I lensrolled for sure on mine too!

    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 7 years ago

      Nice lens! I love the photo of the pumpkins lit up on the stairs.