Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

By | October 2, 2013

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Are your kids too young to carve a pumpkin?  Then be sure to check out these fun Halloween pumpkin decorating ideas for kids that will still let the younger ones join in on the fun.  With these no-carve ideas you won’t have to worry about whether or not they will cut themselves.  (Because I am not the only worry wart mom out there, right???  Just humor me and say yes…)

Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

Get a pumpkin decorating kit.  This time of year, there are tons of kits available for younger kids, from light pegs kits to ones that make a pumpkin look like your favorite cartoon character.  They even have a Mr. Potato Head pumpkin kit!  These pumpkin decorating kits are pretty easy to use, which makes them ideal for younger children.  You simply push the decorations into the pumpkin.

My kids like the kits with the light pegs.  (Think Light Brites for pumpkins!)   The Pumpkin Master Fright Lights Kits are specifically made for children and include light pegs, a candle, a wooden mallet, and a couple of patterns.  You just pound the pegs into the pumpkin with the wooden mallet. Most kids will really enjoy that part! Then when you insert the light into the pumpkin, the light shines through the colored pegs.

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Don’t want to use a kit?  Then raid your craft room for inspiration!

Let your kids paint or draw on their pumpkins.  Let the pumpkin be their canvas.  Armed with acrylic paint, kids can turn their pumpkin into a work of art.   If you don’t want to deal with the mess of paint, Sharpie markers come in a wide variety of colors and they work equally well for decorating pumpkins.

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Glitter your pumpkin.  This one is a little messy, but the end result is so cute it might be worth the hassle.  All you need is white glue, a paint brush, and copious amounts of glitter.  Your kids can choose to either glitter your entire pumpkin or just glitter in smaller areas by painting on the glue in shapes, letters,  or patterns.  How cute would it be to spell out their name in glitter?  Be sure to shake off any excess glitter and let it dry thoroughly before you display it.

Bling out your pumpkin.  Your kids will have a blast gluing on rhinestones and sequins to make a sparkly pumpkin.  These are so pretty when the light catches them.

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Tape your pumpkin.  Washi tape isn’t just for scrapbooking, it makes a cool pumpkin decoration as well!  Washi tape is repositionable, which makes it great for kids.  If they don’t get it positioned right, they can just lift it up and try again.  No biggie!

Decoupage a pumpkin.  This is a good project to help clear out some of that excess scrapbooking paper you have lying around.  You can even use newspaper or printables you find on the internet.   Working in small sections, glue down small pieces of paper until your pumpkin is covered.  Then apply a liberal coat of Modge Podge all over the pumpkin to seal it.

Create a Chalkboard Pumpkin.  Apply a couple of coats of chalkboard paint to your pumpkin.  When it is dry, your kids can use chalk to decorate their pumpkin to their heart’s content.  When they want to change things up, they just need to erase it.  This would be also a cute way to do a Halloween Countdown calendar to keep track of the number of days left until Halloween.

Although you can certainly use a real pumpkin for any of these ideas, I highly recommend letting your kids decorate a foam pumpkin that can be found in a lot of craft and discount stores this time of year.  Not only do you not have to worry about the pumpkin starting to decompose, but you can store it with the rest of the Halloween decorations and display it year after year.

Are you inspired to let your younger kids decorate a pumpkin now?  Dig into your craft supplies and let your kids have free reign.  You will undoubtedly be impressed at their creativity.

 

20 thoughts on “Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids

  1. Leslie

    You share some great ideas here. Not sure what project I’ll be tackling with my kids this year, but what I do know is that the result will be one beautiful decorated pumpkin 🙂
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  2. Pam

    I haven’t figured out what we are going to do with our pumpkin this year. These are some cute ideas!

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  3. Dawn

    I love the idea of making a chalkboard pumpkin! What a great idea! You could make the mouth and eyeholes orange and have it the reverse of what it would normally look like. 🙂

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