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Sure, Halloween may look a little different this year. But whether you are expecting trick-or-treaters or not, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a front porch that’s to die for during this spooky season! Here are some easy pumpkin ideas to get into the spirit and help spruce up your space. The best part is, most are simple enough to be completed in less than an hour, leaving you more time for Halloween treats and a scary movie marathon!

Paint Your Heart Out With These Easy Pumpkin Ideas

If time is short and carving just isn’t your thing, turn to the power of paint! There are many easy pumpkin ideas that simply require paint, a brush and a little bit of imagination. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. 

Drip Painting Pumpkins 


What kid doesn’t love to make a mess? Grab some milk paint, a white craft pumpkin and some newspapers and head outdoors for this awesome drip painting pumpkin experience.

Learn more at MomDot

Chalk Painted Craft Pumpkins


Farmhouse style is popular these days. These pretty chalk-painted pumpkins will match great with this style of decor. Add your favorite fall phrases in hot glue before getting started for this rustic, textured look.

Learn more at The Project Girl.

Gold DIY Painted Pumpkins


Give your front porch a little bit of bling with these metallic spray-painted easy pumpkin ideas. Use gold with your favorite fall colors for a warmer look, or opt for silver with aqua, blues and white for a more coastal vibe.

Learn more at Splendry

Blendo Pumpkins


Glassware from the 1950s and 1960s inspired this unique look. Just grab a craft pumpkin and a couple of cans of spray paint and stand back to duplicate this beautiful ombre pumpkin.  

Learn more at A Kailo Chic Life

No-Carve Emoji Pumpkins 


Everyone has their favorite emoji. What’s yours? Emojis provide endless easy pumpkin ideas. Immortalize them on your gourd with this quick and easy tutorial!

Learn more at Cutefetti.

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Easy Pumpkin Ideas to Carve in an Afternoon 

There are loads of intricate pumpkin carving ideas, and even templates, out there to choose from. However, sometimes simple is better. Here are a few easy pumpkin ideas that require a minimal amount of time, effort and carving and still look fantastic. Check them out!  

Drilled Pumpkin Light


To minimize the mess, consider using a power drill for pumpkin decorating this year. You can use a variety of drill bits for varying hole sizes and play around with different patterns as well. By using a craft pumpkin, it will last for years to come. (Just opt for a battery-operated or power light rather than a candle to illuminate.) 

Learn more at Dream a Little Bigger.

Galaxy Pumpkin


This fun pumpkin is a mash-up of several easy pumpkin ideas we’ve already shared. It also incorporates science, which is always a plus in our book! Just use a sponge and splatter painting to create a galaxy effect. Then use the drill approach to punch holes in the shape of constellations.

Learn more at Dream a Little Bigger.

Cookie Cutter Jack O Lantern


Creativity running low and looking for easy pumpkin ideas? Pick up an inexpensive set of metal cookie cutters, and punch out fun designs using a rubber mallet. You’ll still have to do a bit of cleanup with pumpkin carving tools around the edges for a more uniform cut, but this is a fun way to get instant Halloween shapes started with just a little effort.

Learn more at Mommy’s Kitchen.

Pumpkin Slime With a Real Pumpkin


Here’s a pumpkin carving and sensory play activity all rolled into one. Rather than throw away your “pumpkin guts” this year, use it to make pumpkin slime! When playtime is over, display the slime oozing out of your pumpkin for extra “yuck factor.”

Learn more at Little Bins for Little Hands.

READ MORE: 26 Simple Home Design Ideas for Fall

When in Doubt, Stick with These Easy Pumpkin Ideas

Stuck trying to decide between several easy pumpkin ideas? Just break out the glue bottle! Who knew there were so many things you could attach to a pumpkin to up its cuteness factor? Whether you use glue, stickers, tape or other objects, there are endless options for making an adorable Halloween pumpkin in a flash.

Dried Flower Pumpkin 


Simple can be oh-so-pretty! This creative take on a fall pumpkin uses dried flowers for major wow factor. All you need to do is affix dried blooms to a craft pumpkin using hot glue.

Learn more at Better Homes & Gardens.

Glittered Pumpkins


Every holiday needs a little bling, and Halloween is no exception. Use glitter spray to fancy up your pumpkins, for a look that really sparkles and shines.

Learn more at Tater Tots and Jell-O.

Easy Duct Tape Pumpkins 


Duct tape comes in a huge variety of fun colors and patterns these days. Take advantage of this with these easy duct tape pumpkins. Just cut strips, wrap around and press down, and boom, you’re done!

Learn more at Confessions of a Plate Addict.

DIY Pun-kins


Paint your pumpkins any fun color that you’d like. Then, use the downloadable puns to create these “pun-kins” and give your pumpkin an attitude all its own.

Learn more at Studio DIY.

Pumpkin Succulent Harvest Decoration


For a natural, earthy look, fancy up your pumpkin with succulents this year. Use spray adhesive to attach moss to the top of a pumpkin, then hot glue succulents into a fun arrangement. Lightly mist with water daily, and your succulents will start to take root. With proper care (and warm weather), it may even last the season!

Learn more at Simply Happenstance.

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With the help of these easy pumpkin ideas, you just may end up with the liveliest porch in the neighborhood. Even if you aren’t expecting as many trick or treaters knocking at your door this year, you home shouldn’t look like a graveyard… Or should it? Boo! 

Scared about the fate of traditional trick-or-treating this year? Check out the Ultimate Halloween Reading Guide for Kids of All Ages.

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