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16 Cool Painted Pumpkins

Chic stripes, bold metallics and ghoulish faces are just some of the brilliant ideas for your festive painted pumpkins.

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Stripes, Checks and Polka Dots

Contrasting designs and complementing colors can create quite the display this Halloween. For a harlequin look, try painting one pumpkin with polka dots, one with checks, another with stripes and the rest with one bold color. Making a Halloween creation on your own is often the fun part.

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Stenciled Bats

Use the orange color of your pumpkin as a base, then paint different sections black to contrast. Add black stenciled bats on the orange background for a festive piece of Halloween art!

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Spiders, Faces and Big, Bold, Colorful Polka Dots

Create your own pumpkin patch that will surely intrigue the neighbors and your little ones. Paint the stems black to offset the orange, then paint some with monster faces, others with spiders and some with cheerful polka dots. The variety is what makes it work! With big eyes and mournful cries, owls make the perfect spooky pumpkin.

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Floral Pumpkins

Autumn showers bring Halloween flowers? It’s not your traditional rhyme, but neither is this floral pumpkin! If you like intricate designs and can paint well, try challenging your creative side with something like this. For an even more seasonal design, use fall leaves from your yard to decorate your pumpkins.

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Movie Characters

Get the family together and have everyone paint a pumpkin to look like their favorite movie character! Perhaps it’s Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Harry Potter, Spider-Man or a minion! If the weather starts to take a turn, get inspired by these 100 activities that will get you into the spirit of fall.

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Family Pumpkin

Decorate your entryway with an ode to your family. Paint your pumpkin with all of your happy faces—pets included!

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Caricature Faces

Add a little humor to your pumpkins by decorating them with caricature-style faces. Tuck these painted pumpkins between piles of leaves in your yard and the trick-or-treaters will feel welcome.

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Golden Pumpkins

Bright orange might not be your favorite hue, but if you want to remain festive during the season, try painting mini pumpkins gold and intertwining them with other autumnal items for a beautiful tablescape. Try carving the pumpkins with your power tools before painting them gold.

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Glittered Pumpkins

Painted aqua or black, glittering up your multi-colored pumpkins can add a touch of pizzazz to your holiday decorations.

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Dip Dye Pumpkins

Dip your pumpkins in nontraditional colors for an unconventional display. They’ll look great stacked on stairs outside your door or as a table centerpiece.

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Black Jeweled Pumpkin

Black is certainly synonymous with Halloween, so it makes sense your darker side might want to turn a cheerfully bright orange pumpkin into a dark and stormy sight. And if you’d like to give your dark painted pumpkin a little more flair, offset the black by painting the stem silver and bedazzling the top!

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Multi-Colored White Pumpkin

A white pumpkin with multiple bright colors dripping down from the stem is a chic alternative to the traditional bright orange pumpkin. Pumpkin decorating and pumpkin spice will help you get in the spirit of fall.

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Massive Monster Mouth

This pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 1,152 pounds one year at the annual Pumpkin Festival and Regatta held in October in Damariscotta, Maine. If you can get your hands on a pumpkin that’s absolutely massive, you better have some fun with it!

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Day of the Dead Pumpkin

Celebrate the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, which begins on October 31st, by creating a painted pumpkin with a traditional Day of the Dead skull face. Celebrating Halloween is not the same as celebrating Day of the Dead, but both occasions happen to begin on the same day.

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One-Eyed Painted Pumpkin

If your kids want to get festive this Halloween season but you’re not quite ready to let them carve, then allow them to paint a ghoulish face! Bonus points if your kid’s costume matches their pumpkin.

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Sad Pumpkin Face

This painted pumpkin face is sad that Halloween season is over so quickly. Keep the festive vibe going at your house with these handy holiday decorating tips.

Alexa Erickson
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