To Carve or Not to Carve

Halloween is only a few days away and a choice must be made to carve the pumpkins your bought or paint them?

A few years ago I gave up on carving pumpkins and have never looked back.

The Pros

  1. No cutting into a tough thick pumpkin wall.
  2. No scooping out seeds.
  3. Pumpkins will last longer uncarved.

The Cons

  1. No roasted pumpkin seeds
  2. No candle lit scary face.

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Pumpkin Painting Supplies

craft paint, paint brushes, metallic spray paint, blue painters tape and news paper

Use your imagination to decorate your pumpkin, anything goes! Here are a few tips to get you started.

If I’m going to use metallic spray paint I put it on first. Using news paper and blue tape cover the parts of the pumpkin you don’t want metallic.

If you choose to make a striped pumpkins, outline all sections in black. This will make the colors pop.


These pumpkins where inspired by Edgar Allan Poe short stories. Using a Sharpie marker I wrote out several sentences from the story that inspired a pumpkin’s theme.


If you feel uncomfortable drawing black birds or spiders freehand on the pumpkin, look online for Halloween stencils. There are hundreds to be found that will help you create a masterpiece. (Martha Stewart usually has a lot)

Just remember, painted pumpkins are temporary art. Don’t stress, have fun!

by Jill Eudaly

photos by Jill Eudaly

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