24 Quick and Easy Painted Pumpkins Ideas for Halloween

These aren't your classic carved Jack-O'-Lanterns.
Check out our favorite painted pumpkins featuring the cute and the creepy. Plus, get our best tips for creating Halloween pumpkin decorations and displays.

1. Unicorn Pumpkin

white unicorn pumpkin, pumpkin, white pumpkin unicorn
This precious painted pumpkin is not limited to being a Halloween pumpkin decoration; it is so cute you'll want to look at it beyond October 31. If you use a faux pumpkin and faux flowers, that can be the reality. A cute flower crown and an air clay horn are attached to the pumpkin with a hot glue gun. The rosy cheeks are painted with a round sponge brush.
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2. Donut Pumpkins

donuts and sprinkle pumpkins
Pumpkin decorations so sweet that you'll want to eat! A ring of pastry-colored paint, with some sprinkles of paint make precious painted pumpkins. Maybe this year's Halloween decorations will be dessert-themed? If white pumpkins are hard to find, just do a coat of white paint before your pastry pastels.

3. "Gather" Pumpkin

halloween pumpkin with calligraphy
Is your home the holiday hot spot? Invite your guests in with a painted pumpkin that welcomes them. This elegant invitation isn't necessarily a Halloween pumpkin decoration, but it is perfect for the entirety of fall. To make the decoration longer lasting, use a faux white pumpkin.

4. Disco Pumpkin

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Squares of silver paint shine on this disco-inspired pumpkin. Add even more sparkle by using sheets of silver leaf. Painting the silver paint in a grid pattern gives your Halloween pumpkin decoration the disco ball look. Place this disco ball pumpkin somewhere on your stoop that gets some fun lighting. Turn Halloween into disco night!

5. Sports Pumpkins

pumpkins in leaves painted as baseball, basketball and football
Are you a football family? Or maybe baseball is more your thing? Let your friends and neighbors know with fun painted pumpkins. Turn regular, orange pumpkins into the ball for your favorite sport. Basketball fans have the easiest paint job.

6. Pattern Play

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These black-and-white painted pumpkins are bold and beautiful. To create, simply mix patterns and word art incorporating one or two colors. Use a paint pen to get fine details and clean lines. Invite friends over to all create their own patterned creations. Get them started by having the base layer painted and dried before the guests arrive.

7. Sugar Skull Pumpkins

day of the dead skull pumpkin decorations

8. Black Cat and Bat Painted Pumpkins

Black Cat and Bat Painted Pumpkins

9. Candy Corn Painted Pumpkins

Candy Corn Painted Pumpkins
Spray-painted pumpkins never looked so sweet! Too big to pop in your mouth, these candy corn-inspired painted pumpkins still look good enough to eat. Choose cone-shape pumpkins, and spray-paint with white and yellow to create these Halloween pumpkin decorations.

10. Ice Cream Pumpkins

painted pumpkins ice cream decoration
Painted pumpkins are just the start to this Halloween pumpkin decoration. Colorful card stock (as sundae sprinkles) tops the painted pumpkin "ice cream" scoops. Ceramic (or plastic) ice cream cones can be found at dollar stores or crafts stores. With these painted pumpkins, you'll be the sweetest house on the block!
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11. Black and White Stripes

black and white stripped pumpkin and pumpkin with black spider white mum plant
Take your Halloween pumpkin decorating inspiration from a Halloween classic: Beetlejuice! The natural lines of the pumpkin serve as guides for your paintbrush. Hope you have a steady hand! If Halloween painting isn't your forte, painter's tape can help you get crisp lines.

12. Witches Shoes

shoes and stripes socks pumpkin
Tall pumpkins set the stage for this soft-shoe scenario. All you need to keep in step are stencils for the painted pumpkins, black paint, ribbon, and shallow carving. If you love this Halloween pumpkin decorating idea but don't want to get any knives involved, use painter's tape and yellow paint for the witchy stockings.
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13. Caterpillar Painted Pumpkins

Caterpillar Pumpkin
These cute painted pumpkins go to great lengths to form a caterpillar. Paint pumpkins melon green, and paint their stems black. Decorate the body with adhesive-felt dots, and denote the head with a pair of googly eyes and curled pipe cleaner antennae. Arrange the pumpkins in a creepy, crawling S shape.

14. Princess Pumpkins

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Painted pumpkins fit for a princess! If the goopy hands that result from a carving pumpkins aren't your style, maybe these princess Halloween pumpkin decorating ideas are for you. Pastel pink will pop of your doorstep. Letter stencils allow each princess to customize a message to her subjects (or neighbors).

15. Ring Round the Pumpkin

white and black painted pumpkin on stand
Less is more when you stencil a pretty pattern around the circumference of a pumpkin. Draw attention to the pattern by perching the painted pumpkin on a color-coordinated pedestal. Whether indoors or out, your chic Halloween pumpkin decorations will impress your guests.

16. Painted Owl Pumpkin

gold pumpkin with bats black owl stenciled pumpkin orange pumpkin with happy face and witch hat cupcakes
Do you find owls cool or creepy? Either way, they're perfect for Halloween pumpkin decorations. An owl on your doorstep is sure to add a dramatic flair to the haunting holiday. Perfectly round eyes, comprised of even smaller patterns are the key to a Halloween owl. Using a paint pen is the key to doing the designs by hand.

17. Pumpkin People Stack

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Channel your inner illustrator! Pumpkins, painted with fun faces are a stack of personalties. A paint pen is often easier to navigate than a paint brush. Yarn hair and flat caps add character to these Halloween pumpkin decorations. Use the accessories that match your family.

18. Miniature Bats Painted Pumpkins

Bat Pumpkins
Take miniature painted pumpkins to bewitching new heights with an aerial display. Paint bats on white pumpkins black paint, or try using a black permanent marker. Cut a length of thick jute and knot one end to a large washer. Tie a loop in the other end. Punch holes in the top and bottom of the pumpkin, and use wire to pull the twine through the holes. (The washer supports the pumpkin's weight, and the loop attaches to the shepherd's hook.)
Download bats Stencil.

19. Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece

fall decor, pumpkins, white pumpkins with letters, table setting
Painted pumpkins aren't just for Halloween, they can be decor all fall long. For a stunning centerpiece, place each pumpkin on a cake stand, spelling out the season. Big, bold lettering will make the centerpiece the focal pint of your dining room.

20. Eyelash Painted Pumpkin

orange pumpkins painted white words hoot and spooky
We see you! These painted pumpkins make decorative use of their Halloween message. The double-"o" is accented with a set of lashes to create inquisitive eyes. Letter stencils are available at most crafts stores.

21. Tiered Pastel Painted Pumpkins

Tiered Pastel Painted Pumpkins
Like any culinary confection, this tiered treat has all the right ingredients. For pumpkin-painting ideas fit for a princess, select two pumpkins and a Cinderella squash that stack easily. "Ice" the painted pumpkins and squash in pretty pastel hues, embellish with lacy trims and adhesive gems, and stack for a precious pumpkin decoration.

22. Friendly Halloween Cats

Friendly Halloween Cats
Create a litter of kittens with painted pumpkins. First, coat each pumpkin with matte-finish sealant to dull the waxy surface. To get the painted pumpkin faces, paint the pumpkins different colors, applying two or three coats of paint (let the paint dry between coats). Draw a nose, mouth, and whiskers on each pumpkin with a black felt-tip marker. For the eyes, draw eye-shape outlines and eyelashes using the marker. Paint the inside of the eyes white, let dry, then paint green irises outlined in black. Cut out ear shapes from crafts foam, and hot-glue them in place.

23. Non-Traditional Color Scheme

blue white and brown painted preppy pumpkins
Don't be limited to black and orange for your Halloween pumpkin decorations. Pick a color scheme that's more your style. We went with blue and tan for a down-home country vibe that's homey and welcoming. Stripes, plaid, and buffalo check all can be done in any color you like.

24. Indoor Decor

white pumpkins painted with black tree and black geometrical prints
Pumpkins aren't just for the front step; bring your Halloween pumpkin decorations inside. Simple black adornments upgrade these from doorstep additions to indoor gourd decor. A steady hand and a paint pen make these simple designs easy to create.

Happy Crafting!!
Happy Halloween!!


24 Quick and Easy Painted Pumpkins Ideas for Halloween 24 Quick and Easy Painted Pumpkins Ideas for Halloween Reviewed by Team on September 29, 2018 Rating: 5

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