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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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Fall Painted Pumpkin Anastasiia Yanishevska/Getty Images

Autumn Themed Pumpkin

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

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Spider Pumpkin

Decorate your entryway with a spooky Halloween creature: a spider. Paint your pumpkin a solid color — this artist used black — and add eyes and pipe cleaner legs. You’ll have a Halloween spider in no time.

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Dip Dye Pumpkins

Dip your pumpkins in nontraditional colors for an unconventional display. Use metallic paint for pumpkins that shine in the sun. 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 a rich gold or silver and bedazzling the top!

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Skull Pumpkin Anastasiia Yanishevska/Getty Images

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, like the pumpkin pictured here. But it could also be Harry Potter, Spider-Man or a minion!

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Raven Halloween Pumpkins

Channel Edgar Allan Poe with pumpkins based on “The Raven.” It’s a classic poem for Halloween, and these pumpkins put a new spin on the tradition. At the top is a large pumpkin painted with a raven stencil, while a pumpkin on the first step features its talons. The rest of the pumpkins match thanks a sophisticated black and white color scheme. You can create an easy pumpkin pattern or stencil with painters tape.

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Harlequin Painted Pumpkins

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, such as silver. 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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Drip Painting Pumpkin Idea

If you’re looking for a pretty pumpkin for a fall flower display, consider drip painting! This subtle technique looks stylish in any color, so choose whatever matches your flowers. This painter used a stunning burgundy. For a spooky Halloween display, choose blood-red paint.

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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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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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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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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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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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